Brooklyn Nets Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2012

Brooklyn Nets Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    Anyone with a modicum of NBA knowledge knows it's Dwight Howard and Deron Williams or bust for the Brooklyn Nets this offseason.  

    You can't gallivant along, promising your fans filet mignon for 18 months and then open your new arena with pu pu platter core of Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and Anthony Morrow.  

    That's why this offseason is so vital for the Nets' future.  If the team strikes out on Howard and Williams, do they panic and overspend their way to perpetual mediocrity?  

    Follow along to find out as we update the latest free agency and trade news for the first offseason of the Brooklyn Nets.

C.J. Watson Signs on with Brooklyn Nets

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    Update: Monday, July 23 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Bleacher Report previously relayed the report that the Nets were going to make C.J. Watson their backup point guard. As of today, that move has been made official.

    Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News has the report.

    Nets have officially signed CJ Watson. He'll be introduced to the media tomorrow.

    — Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) July 23, 2012

    This confirms yet another quality move by the Nets as they add depth behind a solid starting five. Watson, who started 25 games for the Chicago Bulls in 2012, will add a quality ball-handler and lethal jump shooter to the perimeter.

    --End of Update--

    C.J. Watson will be Deron Williams' primary backup in Brooklyn for the Nets.

    Peter Vecsey of the New York Post was first with the scoop.

    Nets have come to terms with C.J. Watson as backup point. Two years at vet minimum. Watson owns option on second year.

    It's a pretty remarkable signing given that Watson likely could have commanded far more money on the open market, and Watson's addition should help Brooklyn's second unit tremendously.

Tornike Shengelia, Nets to Sign Two-Year Deal

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    Per a report via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, the Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of signing Tornike Shengelia to a two-year contract. This comes after Shengelia averaged 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in five games of Summer League play.

    Believe it or not, it was actually Tornike Shengelia that secured his spot on the roster.

    The Nets acquired the 6-foot-8 forward's draft rights from Philadelphia last month after the 76ers took him with the 54th overall selection, and Nets general manager Billy King said that night Shengelia would likely return to Europe next season... But Shengelia pushed to play on the Nets Summer League team to prove he was ready to come over now, and he took advantage of the opportunity.

    Shengelia should offer the Nets some much-needed depth on the second unit. If he lives up to the hype, he could even see some significant playing time.

Nets No Longer in Play for Kirilenko

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    Update: Wednesday, July 25 -- Maxwell Ogden

    It was reported yesterday that the Brooklyn Nets would no longer be in the runnings for Andrei Kirilenko. It was also relayed that the Minnesota Timberwolves had emerged as a favorite to land the Russian small forward.

    One day later, it appears as if those reports have discovered validity. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the story. 

    Minnesota is finalizing a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, league sources tell Y! Sports.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2012

    This would offer a major upgrade for the Minnesota Timberwolves at a position marred by inconsistency. Andrei Kirilenko would immediately become the team's lead perimeter defender and would be a great mentor for Derrick Williams.

    As for how the deal will be constructed, Wojnarowski's latest tweet updates that information.

    Kirilenko's deal with the Wolves is expected to include a player option for the 2013-'14 season, sources said.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2012

    This can only be described as a great signing for a franchise looking to make their first postseason appearance of the post-Garnett era.

    -- Report via B/R's Minnesota Timberwolves tracker

    Update: Tuesday, July 24 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Brooklyn Nets have had quite the offseason. They've re-signed Deron Williams, traded for Joe Johnson and brought back a handful of key pieces.To top it off, the Nets are looking to land one of Williams' former teammates.

    Small forward Andrei Kirilenko.

    Unfortunately, Brooklyn is no longer on Kirilenko's short list. Instead, a former non-contender with more flexible cap room has entered the discussions.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the news.

    Several league executives believe Minnesota is pursuing free agent Andrei Kirilenko. He's no longer considering Brooklyn, sources say.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2012

    This is bad news for Brooklynites and great news for fans of the Pride of the Twin Cities. Minnesota has long needed a reliable option at the 3 and Andrei Kirlenko would certainly provide that.

    His defensive ability and explosiveness in transition could improve the T-Wolves attack in a major way.

    Update: Tuesday, July 24 -- Joel C. Cordes

    It's not surprising that Andrei Kirilenko is still mulling his return to the NBA. That rumor has been floating around for nearly a month now.

    The more surprising part is that the presumed destination might be different. As well-regarded NBA scout Wendell Maxey mentions, AK-47 seems closer than ever in his return to the States:

    narrows it down to 30. RT @selloutxboy: Anrei Kirilenko will join NBA club, CSKA president Andrey Vatutin told Russian paper Sport-Express.

    — wendell maxey (@w_maxey) July 24, 2012

    However, it's long been assumed that Kirilenko would join the Russian-owned Brooklyn Nets. Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News refutes this idea, saying that AK-47 wants more than the veteran's minimum salary, which is all the Nets can currently offer:

    Andrei Kirilenko is not interested in signing with the Nets for vets minimum, according to a source

    — Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) July 24, 2012

    Kirilenko will have plenty of teams interested in his services, but not many who will have their mid-level exception money left to pay. Isn't that why he went back overseas in the first place?

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Utah Jazz offseason tracker.

    Update: Saturday, July 21 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Brooklyn Nets have had an active offseason that very well may have taken the former basement team right back to the postseason. According to Anthony Gargano and Lincoln Kennedy of Fox Sports, the Nets are not yet done.

    Here's what Billy King had to say in an audio interview.

    "We got a couple guys we're talking to. Nazr Mohammed is visiting now in New Jersey with his wife. We'd like to sign him as a back-up and then ... We're talking to [Andre] Kirilenko."

    Andre Kirilenko last played in the NBA in 2011. He posted averages of 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game as a member of the Utah Jazz.

    Most importantly, he was a longtime teammate of the Nets' point guard: Deron Williams.

    Update: Friday, July 20 -- Joel C. Cordes reports that Andrei Kirilenko told reports during Olympic training that he is still open to an NBA return this year. He cites the Brooklyn Nets as the only possibility in that report.

    This is not surprising, considering the Nets are owned by Russian comrade Mikhail Prokhorov. However, the Contra Costa times also mentions the Warriors as having "AK-47" on their wishlist yet.

    During his first few seasons with the Utah Jazz, Kirilenko was a nightmare on fast breaks and a defensive wrecking ball at either forward position. However, teams would be penciling him in as nothing more than a versatile, experienced rotation guy these days.

    Would he give up his stardom and big European contracts potential to come back to the NBA?

    Update: Wednesday, July 8 -- Joel C. Cordes reports that Andrei Kirilenko has opted to remain in Europe and will sign with his Russian club CSKA. 

    This is much less surprising than the rumors of AK-47's return. He stands to garner much more money and playing-time overseas where he's still a big name. At this point, he couldn't expect to be more than a key rotation defensive and athleticism cog in the NBA.

    Kirilenko was an up-and-coming star nearly a decade ago, but injuries and regression hindered him from living up to the max deal he last played on with the Jazz.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Utah Jazz Offseason tracker.

Humphries to Return

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    Update 2: Tuesday, July 17 — Joel C. Cordes

    ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Brooklyn Nets will indeed retain Kris Humphries as their starting power forward next season:

    Just going up online and via SportsCenter: Kris Humprhies is staying with Nets on two-year deal valued at $24 million

    — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2012

    As discussed below, retaining Humphries not only pairs well with Lopez, but also was a sound financial decision considering the capped-out Nets had no way to lure in free agents on anything larger than the veteran's minimum at this point.

    However, $12 million per year is an absolutely eye-brow raising number for a guy that no one else seemed to be bidding for and who isn't anything more than a premier rebounder. Still, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has shown no hesitation in shelling out major rubles this offseason.

    Brooklyn will now trot out a VERY respectable starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Humphries and Lopez, while bringing MarShon Brooks, Mirza Teletovic and C.J. Watson off the bench. The Nets will be watchable indeed.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Offseason Free Agency tracker.

    Update: Tuesday, July 17 — Ethan Norof

    The New York Times has reported that Humphries is "likely to return" to the Nets.

    The move makes sense considering Humphries can rebound the basketball, and that's an area where Brook Lopez has struggled over the last couple of seasons.

    Update: Friday, July 13 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Now that he's not part of a Dwight Howard trade, Kris Humphries can test the market as an unrestricted free agent. 

    Exclusive: The #Bobcats are re-engaged in acquiring Kris Humphries to upgrade their power forward spot, an informed source tells Observer.

    — Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 12, 2012

    Unfortunately, while he did prove he can be a double-double threat for two straight seasons, there still doesn't seem to be too much interest. Outside of Charlotte's interest, the Brooklyn Nets have already tried shopping him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Now seeing that they don't have a ton of other options at power forward, it appears the Nets will be inclined to bring Humphries back, even at the expense of trading him for assets:

    Source says Nets are still talking 2 Humphries and hoping to re-sign him. Brooklyn not facilitating S&T w/Charlotte; Nets want him back.

    — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 12, 2012

    League sources believe that, eventually, Kris Humphries is likely to return to the Nets rather than go to Charlotte. No other teams involved

    — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 13, 2012

    This is the smart move for a Brooklyn team that's otherwise devoid of rebounding. Brook Lopez' problems in that area are well documented, Mirza Teletovic is more of an outside player, Gerald Wallace is only a rebounding contributor and Reggie Evans just won't play enough to make a big impact.

    That Humphries already knows the system and is a reasonable finisher are just added bonuses. The Nets don't have enough money left to bring in outsiders, but can re-sign their own over the cap.

Nets Sign Mirza Teletovic

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    Update: Wednesday, July 18 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Mirza Teletovic is officially a member of the Nets after signing what is believed to be the mini mid-level exception worth roughly $3 million per year. 

    The Brooklyn Nets have officially signed forward Mirza Teletovic.

    — Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) July 16, 2012

    Still no word as to the length of the deal, though a three-year pact is typical here. The stretch forward will probably come off the bench now that Kris Humphries is also aboard, though he'll have plenty of time as the primary backup behind Hump and Gerald Wallace.

    Update: July, 4 by Jesse Reed at 5:49 p.m. EDT

    The Nets successfully landed Mirza Teletovic. Better yet, the latest report from John Hillinger of states that they will sign him to a lesser deal than was originally thought:

    A source close to the negotiations tells us that Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic might not sign with Brooklyn for the non-taxpayer's midlevel exception, as originally reported, but for the taxpayer's midlevel, which is a smaller contract with a maximum of $3.09 million for the first year.

    Hillinger goes on to say that this leaves the door open for the fabled Dwight Howard trade folks have been talking about.

    --------End of Update--------

    For those unfamiliar with Teletovic's game, he's a 26-year-old Euroleague scoring machine, but he's basically a spot up small forward playing in the body of a stretch power forward.  His ability to defend at the NBA level is very much in question as he lacks lateral quickness to guard the three spot and lacks the size to defend in the post.

    But there are many who carved out niches with far lesser talent than Teletovic and he could reach a Novak level of efficiency with the right point guard distributing him the ball.   

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Nets Bringing in a Pair of Super Veterans

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    Update: Thursday, July 19 -- Maxwell Ogden

    According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Brooklyn Nets have officially re-signed Keith Bogans. Bogans will likely serve as the third-string shooting guard behind Joe Johnson and MarShon Brooks, although he could see time as an undersized 3.

    --End of Update--

    In order to build the bench, the Nets are going to have to get creative.

    In other words, the team will be shopping in the bargain bin.

    The two most recent additions reflect that strategy.

    Jon Schuhmann of reports that the team has signed Jerry Stackhouse, while Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the team will also re-sign Keith Bogans.

    Neither player is expected to have a large role for the team, but both will be good veteran mentors at the end of the bench who will help the younger players on the roster.

Brook Is Back

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    Update: Thursday, July 12 -- Joel C. Cordes

    The Dwight Howard chase is over for the Brooklyn Nets as they have re-signed Brook Lopez to a max contract:

    Brook Lopez has signed his four-year, $61 million deal with the Nets, taking him off the trade market until Jan. 15, league sources say.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2012

    Lopez may not be traded until 2013, and the deal is large enough that he's unlikely to be a realistic trade chip any longer. He will be the starting center for the new-look Nets.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Brook Lopez offseason tracker.

Deron Williams Agrees to Max Deal with Nets

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 11 -- Eric Ball

    The Nets have officially locked up superstar guard Deron Williams, and decided to do it in a rather odd venue as first reported by Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

    Deron Williams is with Nets GM Billy King in Las Vegas, signing his five-year, $98.75 million deal as we tweet, source says.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2012

    Williams is in it for the long haul, but ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Williams does have the opportunity to opt-out of the deal after the fourth year. 

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Top Free Agents offseason tracker.

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    Deron Williams broke his own story when he Tweeted:

    Made a very tough decision today....

    — Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 3, 2012

    CBS's Ken Berger confirmed Williams' report:

    League source confirms Deron Williams and Nets have agreed on a five-year deal. Estimated value is $98.75 million.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 3, 2012

    Rejoice, Nets fans. Rejoice.

    With the additions of Joe Johnson and Reggie Evans, the Nets continue to load up their roster with capable veterans with plenty of gas left in the tank. 

    Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all your NBA and Nets news, analysis and reaction.

Nets Trade for Reggie Evans

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    The Nets made another savvy move when they pulled off a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers that will send Reggie Evans to the East Coast.

    Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wornarowski broke the story:

    Brooklyn is finalizing a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers for Reggie Evans, league sources tell Y! Sports.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2012's Ben Golliver provided us with the details:

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans will be sign-and-traded to the Brooklyn Nets for a future second-round pick, according to Yahoo Sports. reports that Evans will get a 3-year contract worth $1.6 million per season.

    Evans is not going to light things up from a scoring standpoint, but he's going to give the Nets a serious amount of energy, defense and rebounding off the bench. Combined with the addition of Mirza Teletovic, the Nets now have a formidable frontcourt bench presence.

Nets Agree with Hawks in Trade for Joe Johnson

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    The Nets aren't messing around this summer. They landed Joe Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:

    The Nets and Hawks have agreed in principle to complete the Joe Johnson trade, league sources tell Y! Sports.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2012

    The AP provided more details:

    The Hawks have agreed to deal All-Star guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for five players and a draft pick, and Atlanta will send forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for guard Devin Harris...Atlanta will receive guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson and forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, along with a draft pick Brooklyn received from Houston in a prior deal. The selection only belongs to the Nets if it is not a lottery pick.

    That's a lot of moving parts, but they managed to get the deal done. 

    Johnson's addition to this roster finally gives Deron Williams the offensive firepower he's been missing at the 2. He'll make a big impact for the team in a positive direction going forward.

D-12 Trade Talks Back on at Trade Deadline?

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    Update: Monday, July 23 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Orlando Magic have been involved in a back-and-forth battle with the decision to keep or trade Dwight Howard for roughly a year. While it seems as if all signs have pointed to a potential trade, it appears as if the franchise will hold onto their embattled superstar.

    Chris Broussard of has the report.

    An executive who has had discussions with the Magic regarding Howard said Orlando only will trade the star center in a deal that is great for the franchise. The executive said this has been Orlando's stance for the past "week or so."

    Another executive who has talked with Orlando said he thinks the Magic may start the season with Howard and wait until the February trade deadline to move him.

    This decision has been building up to for quite some time, with the Magic refusing deals from a handful of potential suitors. The question at this point, of course, is whether the team will indeed trade Howard come February or hold onto him and try their luck in free agency.

    More on this story as details are released.

    -- Report via B/R's Dwight Howard Tracker

    --End of Update--

    The borough of Brooklyn went silent for a few minutes when it was reported that the D-12 trade sweepstakes had come to a temporary close.

    Sources: Orlando Magic have informed Dwight Howard that they are suspending trade talks in favor of finding next head coach.

    — Jarrod N Rudolph (@JRudolphSports) July 11, 2012

    According to Brian Windhorst of, Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has stated that the talks are alive and well.

    Magic GM Hennigan on reports that Howard trade talks have been suspended: "That's not accurate."

    — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 11, 2012

    While we'd like to give a reporter the benefit of the doubt, it's hard to imagine the D-12 trade talks being off at any point between now and the December trade deadline.

Nets Want Darko?

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    Update: Wednesday, July 18 -- Joel C. Cordes

    We're at that point in the free agency period where most of the good stuff is gone, especially when it comes to big men.

    Darko Milicic had a solid start to his 2012 season, but then got hurt and returned to his pouting, underachieving ways once Nikola Pekovic took his starting center spot for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Things got so bad that Coach Rick Adelman banished him to the end of the bench for most of the season's second half, even opting to play the corpse of Brad Miller instead.

    Yet, Milicic's seven-foot frame and shot-blocking still intrigues more than one team according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:

    Frontrunners for free agent center Darko Milicic are Boston, Brooklyn and LA Clippers, league source tells Y! Sports.

    — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 14, 2012

    Darko's alternated between passive and awful during his decade in the NBA. It was rumored (wished?) that he was returning to Europe after this season, but he may get yet another shot on his sixth team. He WILL be on a minimum contract this time...

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Boston Celtics offseason tracker.

Nazr Mohammed a Target

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    Update: Sunday, July 22 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Chicago Bulls are one of many teams in need of some depth in the front court. With Omer Asik set to leave via free agency and the league driven by who can offer the most from top to bottom, they've gone out and done what every team should: sign a reserve.

    Unfortunately for Nets fans, that reserve happens to have been a top target of the Brooklyn franchise. Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago has the report.

    While the deal hasn't become official yet, the New York Post reported early Sunday that Mohammed has decided to sign with the Bulls over the Brooklyn Nets and both teams have been notified about the decision.

    Nazr Mohammed last played in Oklahoma City, where he averaged 11.0 minutes per game. He's always been a valuable body in the paint due to his size and has 66 postseason games under his belt.

    Mohammed will certainly help the Bulls moving forward.

    -- Report via B/R's Chicago Bulls Tracker

    Update: Thursday, July 19 -- Joel C. Cordes

    The Nets are close to adding Nazr Mohammed as their backup center. This is an absolutely necessary move behind the defensively-challenged Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Mirza Teletovic.

    Mohammed is a proven professional who's played for high-quality outfits like the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's a sure-fire guy who will be a more reliable (and content) contributor than Darko Milicic, who had also been rumored for the same spot with the Nets.

    The deal is almost done according to HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy:

    Nazr Mohammed is close to signing with the Brooklyn Nets, according to source. He'll likely sign for the veteran's minimum in next 24 hours.

    — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 18, 2012

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    The Brooklyn Nets have compiled one of the most solid starting fives in the NBA. Their next step towards legitimacy is to add depth to their lineup, with the center position serving as their main focus in free agency.

    To fill that void, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets are targeting veteran Nazr Mohammed.

    Confirmed Kennedy reportvia source: "good possibility" Nazr signs with the #Nets to be their backup C

    — Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) July 19, 2012

    Mohammed has spent the past year and a half with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he served in a similar role. His size and strength in the paint would certainly bolster the Nets' second unit and offer strength to the frontcourt.

Nets on Verge of Sign-and-Trade?

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    Update: Thursday, July 12 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Having backed away from Dwight Howard, the Brooklyn Nets are still active on the trading front.

    While Kris Humphries is already an unrestricted free agent who's unlikely to re-sign with them, the Nets are still shopping him as a sign-and-trade candidate. Antawn Jamison and the Cleveland Cavaliers seem the most likely target at the moment, though the Nets will try to squeeze out some returns regardless of where Humphries winds up.

    MarShon Brooks is also on the docket, though not necessarily in conjunction with Humphries. While Brooks was solid last season and could be a 6th Man role player for the Nets this year, they are using him as a trade chip, presumably to snag additional veteran help.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Offseason Trade Rumors tracker.

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    According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Brooklyn Nets could be on the verge of a sign-and-trade. No, not that trade.

    Sources confirm Cavs & Nets have talked sign-and-trade involving Antawn Jamison. Story:

    — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 12, 2012

    This is an interesting proposal, as the Nets would add their second score-first, rebound-inept big man in the matter of 24 hours. While Jamison would improve the quality of the Nets' offense, we cannot deny how weak the pairing of he and Brook Lopez would be on the interior.

    Defense wins championships and the Nets are setting themselves up to have one of the weakest in the league.

Ready to Walk Away from Dwight Howard Trade?

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    Update 2: Wednesday, July 11 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Multiple sources are reporting that the Brooklyn Nets have sent a final ultimatum to the Orlando Magic. To paraphrase, "either trade Dwight Howard to us today, or we're walking."

    Source: Nets will "resolve" their pursuit of DH today; either get him or move on.

    — Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 11, 2012

    ESPN is reporting that Nets GM Billy King is meeting with Brook Lopez, their restricted free agent center, today. They'll either sign him to stay or be dealt to Orlando, but he's getting a contract either way.

    Following up on @RicBucher report: Nets have told Magic if there's a Dwight Howard deal, must be done by end of business day

    — Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 11, 2012

    The Nets do not want Lopez to receive any outside offers, as that would finally foil their Howard plan: If they let Lopez walk, they don't have the assets to acquire Dwight. If they match a max deal for Lopez, then the parameters and timing of the contract may not be palatable to Orlando.

    Why hadn't an outside team thought of and implemented this sabotage yet? Presumably because they didn't want to actually get stuck with Lopez on a max deal.

    Either way, the Dwight Howard and Brooklyn Nets situation is (finally) moving to a head. If this falls through, then the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks will remain in the conversation.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Offseason Trade Rumors tracker.

    Update: Wednesday, July 11 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Either they're backing the Orlando Magic into a corner, or they're simply ready to walk away. Either way, the Nets are closing in on a max contract with restricted free agent Brook Lopez:

    Y! Sources: As time's running out on a Howard deal for Brooklyn, Brook Lopez nears agreement on max contract with Nets.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2012

    The Nets have maintained that the 11th was their date for moving on, as they don't want to let other free agent opportunities pass them by while waiting for the Orlando Magic.

    More importantly, unless this Lopez contract is an immediate precursor to a sign-and-trade, it will take Brooklyn out of the Dwight Howard running for good:

    If Brook Lopez signs the reported maximum contract offer with the Brooklyn Nets he can NOT be traded until December for Dwight Howard. #NBA

    — Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 11, 2012

    Even if Dwight were to wait until free agency next summer, he would have difficulty signing with the capped-out Nets. They would have to move Brook Lopez and or other contracts in order to bring him aboard.

    Time is running out. It appears the Magic have 24 hours or less to deal with Brooklyn or let the opportunity pass them by.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Brook Lopez offseason tracker.

Cleveland Cavaliers, L.A. Clippers Make Dwight Howard Trade Seem Imminent

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    UPDATE 5: Monday, July 9 -- Maxwell Ogden

    According to Chad Ford of, a fourth team has emerged in the Dwight Howard trade talks. To help bring the deal along, the Los Angeles Clippers have stepped up as the potential suitors for one MarShon Brooks.

    Just going up on ESPN. Clipoers will be 4th team in D Howard deal. They would take back MarShon Brooks in return for a lottery protected 1st

    — Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 9, 2012

    While losing Brooks would be painful for Nets fans with high expectations, it does offer a sense of comfort that he'd be headed to the Western Conference. Once he hits his prime, this offers only a relatively low chance that the Nets run into him come the postseason.

    UPDATE 4: Monday, July 9 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Just when you thought it was safe for MarShon Brooks, Adrian Wojnarowski drops a bomb on your dreams.

    Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. 

    No longer does this deal offer a sense of comfort. The question is, can the deal still be justified?

    UPDATE 3: Monday, July 9 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Brooklyn Nets have long been concerned over the potential loss of shooting guard MarShon Brooks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Brooks is no longer involved in the prospective trade for Dwight Howard.

    In current structure of deal, Orlando gets Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Luke Walton and 3 or 4 1st rounders, sources tell Y!

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2012

    Nets fans may not be comfortable with trading three or four first round draft choices. To acquire a player of Dwight Howard's caliber, as well as retaining a future star in Brooks, however, is far too sweet a deal to pass up on.

    More will be reported as the deal progresses.

    UPDATE 2: Monday, July 9 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Dwight Howard trade parameters have expanded to include yet another team:

    Tentacles of Nets-Magic talks covering 14 players, 3 teams w/ possible 4th locking in to take MarShon Brooks to provide pick, sources tell Y

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2012

    As if the Howard saga didn't already feel like a whirlpool, it appears that it's swirling around more and more players and franchises as we speak. This has the makings of an all-time NBA blockbuster deal; stay tuned here for latest updates.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Dwight Howard offseason tracker.

    UPDATE: Monday, July 9 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Numerous sources are reporting that the Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets deal has found new legs thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Sources: Magic, Nets and Cavaliers near completion of Dwight Howard trade. Deal will include 11 players, cash and multiple draft picks.

    — Jarrod N Rudolph (@JRudolphSports) July 9, 2012

    Orlando Magic brass are apparently meeting at 9am Monday to discuss their options. While this deal had long appeared to be floundering, the Cleveland Cavaliers sudden interest in acquiring Nets free agent power forward Kris Humphries appears to be the new variable.

    As reported by ESPN, the Cavaliers could also be receiving MarShon Brooks as part of the package, something the Orlando Magic had appeared disinterested in up to this point.

    It is unknown yet which Cleveland players and/or picks would be heading to the Magic, but they would certainly have to contribute a reasonably large cache to the Brooklyn bevy of draft picks and Brook Lopez that are headed Orlando's way.

    This story could be resolved by the end of the day, so stay tuned here for the latest updates.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Orlando Magic offseason tracker.

Brooklyn Contacted Memphis About a Possible Rudy Gay Deal

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    With Gay serving as this offseason's "on-the-market-even-though-we're-publicly-saying-he's-not" guy, there will be plenty of teams inquiring about his services.

    The Nets are among those teams interested, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that Gay, who will make $16.4 million next season, is not being shopped. Still, the Warriors, Charlotte, Toronto and Brooklyn all contacted Memphis about Gay's availability, according to league sources.

    However, with no first-round pick and Memphis solid in the frontcourt, Brooklyn seemingly has little to offer other than a salary dump for the Grizzlies.  

Raymond Felton Says the Nets Are on His Free Agency List

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    In an interview following his annual basketball camp in South Carolina, Felton told reporter Conan Gasque of SC Now that the Nets, along with the Knicks, Suns and Blazers, are atop his free agency list.

    New York is among the places he says he could end up next season. He says Portland also is still in the mix along with Phoenix and New Jersey.

    “You’ve got a lot of teams, you know, different things that can happen,” Felton said. “So we’ll see what happens. You’ve got the draft coming up, and a lot of crazy things can happen during free agency – that’s just the way of the business.”

    With the Jason Kidd-Deron Williams duo chase certainly in place, I think it's safe to say that Felton is a distant No. 3 on the Nets point guard wish list for the offseason.  

Nets Still Working on Dwight Howard Trade, Interested in Derek Fisher Also

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    UPDATE (7/7/12 at 11:54 am) by Maxwell Ogden

    According to Marc. J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Brooklyn Nets are not yet out of the Dwight Howard trade talks. It just so happens that a percentage chance has been placed on their dreams of a D-Will and D-12 tandem.

    Nets have "30 percent chance" of landing Dwight in trade but likely would turn attention to FAs if it cant be done in a week,source tells Y!

    — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 7, 2012

    As Joel C. Cordes reported in Bleacher Report's Brook Lopez Free Agent Tracker, the Stanford alum is the key to these trade talks. Unfortunately, he's also stuck in neutral until a decision is made one way or another.

    Brook Lopez goes as Dwight Howard goes, but that time may be coming to an end. The Brooklyn Nets center is a restricted free agent, but has yet to receive an offer from the Nets, or anyone else for that matter, until the Howard saga is finished.

    Much like Brook Lopez, all we can do is wait.

    --End of Update

    The Nets are just not willing to let the dream of chasing Dwight Howard die.

    According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Nets and Magic are "still plugging away" on the Howard front, although a deal is not believed to be imminent.

    Brooklyn and Orlando have danced this dance for a long time, but it's still uncertain as to whether or not the two sides will actually be able to get something done.

    In far less headline-grabbing news, the Nets are also said to be interested in Derek Fisher as a backup point guard, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times.

    The club still needs a serviceable backup behind Deron Williams, and Fisher wouldn't have to play extended minutes behind D-Will.


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