ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk report that The Nets have begun exploring trade possibilities for its core of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.
No trade is imminent, but sources insist that The Nets remain in a “win-now mentality” and the front office isn’t seeking a trade “to dump salary.” Brooklyn’s desire, according to sources, is to bring back sufficient pieces to retool and “remain a playoff team.”
The authors added:
The reality, of course, is that trading Williams, Lopez or Johnson, let alone a combination of those three, is likely to be difficult.
As The Nets put the team’s high-paid core on the block, it should be noted that the Atlanta Hawks hold the right to swap picks with The Nets in the 2015’s draft, and the Boston Celtics hold the rights to the team’s 2016 and 2018 draft picks, as well as the right to swap picks in the 2017 draft – putting the reset button out of reach for The Nets squad.
USA Today’s Sam Amick added that The Nets have been looking hard for a defensive-minded wing.
Reaction to the news is below.
The tweet that set off the firestorm.
Story going online now co-scribed with @NotoriousOHM: ESPN sources say Nets have made D-Will, Brook Lopez & Joe Johnson available via trade
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 9, 2014
USA Today’s Sam Amick added:
Regarding @ESPNSteinLine & @NotoriousOHM report regarding Nets, I'm told they've been looking hard for a defensive-minded wing for a while.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 9, 2014
Reaction from The Brooklyn Game’s Editor Devin Kharpertian:
Organization with depreciating assets seeks to avoid sunk cost.
— devin kharpertian (@uuords) December 9, 2014
@SteveLichtenst1 I am all up for "retooling" or "rebuilding" but I am NOT ok with or trust Billy King to make any trades #Nets
— Adam Brenner (@BrenBren2424) December 9, 2014
@dmorey is already on the phone RT @Lizzs_Lockeroom Hmmm who will go after D-Will, Brook Lopez or Joe Johnson? #Nets
— Jared Bell Rock (@YouWentToJared) December 9, 2014
Man the #nets really hate me. You're 8-11! In the East! No one wants those contracts. Ugh.
— A Girl Has No Name (@AlexSantiago51) December 9, 2014
I'm stunned…. #Nets
— Zac Joseph (@zacjoseph8) December 9, 2014