Stein: Pau for Brook discussed

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets discussed a Pau Gasol-Brook Lopez trade before Brook went down with his foot injury last week.

He states:

Sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com that the Lakers did indeed engage the Nets earlier this month in some exploratory talks to see if Brooklyn had interest in such a swap. Sources say that the Nets balked at the idea when it was presented before Lopez's injury, but it's still noteworthy if it happened.

This trade would be ridiculous, even with Brook's injury. The Nets are trying to get younger, not older, and even if Brook's body is broken, Pau is not getting any better.

Please don't let this happen.

 

Nick Young

Leading Not-Kobe Nick Young leads the Not-Kobes into Brooklyn tonight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets travel back home after a slim 102-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in Brooklyn tonight. If you only paid attention to the Lakers in the last 24 hours, you might be asking "why did the Lakers decide to pay $48.5 million to a man in a blazer?"

Yes, Kobe Bryant recently signed a two-year extension worth a little over $48 million, making him the highest-paid player in the NBA. He did this despite currently rehabilitating an Achilles tear that has kept him out since last season. But since Bryant hasn't played yet this season, and barring a miracle is not playing tonight against the Nets, let's focus on the team that they'll actually play. The Not-Kobes, if you will.
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Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans was already a bit upset -- on the previous play, Evans was called for a foul he felt he didn't deserve. So he did the only thing he could do on the next play: he tossed Pau Gasol's shot out of bounds with the ferocity of a Brook Lopez block. Watch:

 

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

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Recently, Brooklyn Nets fans have clamored to fill what seems like the team's #1 weakness: the need for a power forward/big man that can defend and score. As endearing as Reggie Evans' beard is, his lack of an offensive game has begun to wear on some folks, and it's clear he's best suited coming off the bench to provide energy in the second unit. Mirza Teletovic & Kris Humphries both have had hot & cold stretches all season.

But it isn't that easy. Nets GM Billy King can't just pick a great power forward off the Great Power Forward Tree, and boom, all the problems are fixed and the Nets cruise their way to championship behind their big man tandem of Brook Lopez and Great Power Forward. But similarly, there's no question that there are big men out there that the Nets can at least make a phone call about.

So we're going roundtable-style at The Brooklyn Game: our writers & analysts look at five potentially available power forwards (and the one center that we have to look at, because, well, we have to), how they fit with Brooklyn, and how realistic an acquisition is.

Onward!

Start here: Paul Millsap