NetLinks: Nets interested in Luol Deng?

Luol Deng, Joe Johnson
Luol Deng Brooklyn-bound? (AP)
Luol Deng, Joe Johnson
Luol Deng Brooklyn-bound? (AP)

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Here’s some Nets news & notes from around the ‘net:

  • The Nets are one of seven teams that have reportedly expressed interest in Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng. Deng is in the final year of a contract that pays him $14.3 million in the 2013-14 season.

    The Nets would almost assuredly have to part with one of Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, or Paul Pierce to make the salaries match up, and they’d probably have to take on another onerous contract (Carlos Boozer?) to entice the Bulls into making the deal. Highly, highly unlikely, but as someone once said, anything is possible.
  • Andrei Kirilenko told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York prior to Friday night’s win that he planned to make the three-game road trip with the team to Indiana, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City.
  • The Examiner hands out Atlantic Division grades. Spoiler: Nets have to retake the class.
  • Sources have told The Brooklyn Game that the Brooklyn Nets D-League affiliate Springfield Armor deactivated former NBA player and Brooklyn native Gary Forbes due to a knee injury. Forbes played two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and was averaging a team-best 17.7 points per game prior to the injury.

    The Armor activated forward Adonis Thomas to replace Forbes, but also deactivated JamesOn Curry, who had personality clashes with the team, according to a source. That leaves an open space for the Armor waiver pool, which could be filled by none other than… Former Nets first-round draft pick Terrence Williams!
  • Barclays Center is held up by WNYC as one of the symbols of Bloomberg’s success in rebuilding New York City.
  • But the residential towers keep running into problems.