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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:44 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre
Alex Raskin of Hoopsworld.com reports that whilst Josh Smith is the priority for Brooklyn, other players might also be making a move to the Nets before the trade deadline.
Nets fans can expect to hear plenty about three players until Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline–Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Ben Gordon.
While ESPN.com’s Marc Stein predicted that the Nets will be the team that ultimately lands Smith, a league source with knowledge of the team’s thinking believes general manager Billy King was being truthful when he put the probabilities of a trade at “10 percent.”
The Nets have already offered MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries, but are less inclined to part with a first-round pick, rookie Tyshawn Taylor or the draft rights to Bojan Bogdanović, who is having a solid season for Fenerbahçe in Turkey. Basically any offer the Nets can put together will be based around Humphries’ salary (he is owed $12 million next season, as well), Brooks’ promise and the aforementioned assets.
Humphries and Brooks both told HOOPSWORLD that they want to stay with the Nets, and while the latter seemed nervous about the topic, the former has been through this before. “Been here for awhile,” said Humphries, who has been dealt three times in his career. “It’s not up to the players.”
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that the Nets are “solely focused” on Smith, but the aforementioned source said that is definitely not the case.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nets are one of three teams gunning for the rights to gain Smith from the Atlanta Hawks.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:05 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre
Brooklyn are thought to have offered an interesting deal to Atlanta in exchange for Josh Smith, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Nets are trying to make a deal for Smith, too, and have offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and either a future first-round pick or the draft rights to Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, sources said.
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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 18, at 10:26 p.m. ET, by Dan Talintyre
Brooklyn are believed to be solely looking for a deal for Josh Smith before the trade deadline closes, with Atlanta keen to offload the star forward, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
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The Brooklyn Nets are direly in need of a shakeup if they are going to truly compete for a championship in 2013. One of the ways that can be accomplished is nabbing Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks prior to the Feb. 21 deadline.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the organization is highly interested in the supremely athletic forward, and the front office has made his acquisition a priority.
The Nets are reportedly still intrigued by Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats, but feels Smith will contribute more towards making this club a contender.
As per Broussard’s write-up, Nets brass is willing to deal Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks in exchange for the 27-year-old forward.
The insider found that the Hawks are negotiating for Brooklyn’s first-round pick and trying to bring in a young center as part of the swap—meaning a third team would have to be brought in.
Gunning for Smith is risky business however, as the nine-year veteran is on the last year of his contract and has made it clear that he wants to test the waters of free agency.
It’s a large reason why the Hawks, a franchise that is rapidly slipping down the standings and could find itself out of playoff contention soon, should be willing to dump the 6’9”, 225-pound athlete.
For the same reasons, Nets GM Billy King must exercise caution and not give up too much for a player he may only have for a few months, tops.
Smith’s numbers (16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals in 2012-13) and athleticism will go a long way towards making Brooklyn a legitimate threat, but he has to be here for the long haul, not a quick and dirty rental.