Despite their lack of a General Manager or major assets worth pursuing, Alan Hahn of ESPN Radio told the Michael Kay Radio show that the Brooklyn Nets have inquired about the availability of Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap. The Atlanta Hawks, who are rumored sellers this trade deadline, may be trying to collect as much cap space as possible before this summer’s free agent class.
Of course, this news comes on the heels of Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck stating that Mikhail Prokhorov would like to retain the services of Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, no matter who takes the reigns of the Nets’ telephones. Given this, it likely narrows any potential trades down to four players: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough, Joe Johnson, and Jarrett Jack. Obviously, Hollis-Jefferson and McCullough are the Nets’ only young assets, while Jack and Johnson swiftly fall under the large-expiring-contract category.
On one hand, this would be right in line with Prokhorov’s starry-eyed visions of competing again in 2016-2017, but fans may revolt if they deal either of the promising rookies. Either way, unless the Hawks are specifically looking for cap space to chase Kevin Durant, they could do much better than any package the Nets can offer.
In all likelihood, this is simple due diligence by the Nets — but without much to offer and no GM to negotiate, this rumor feels like hot air.