Update: Ersan Ilyasova and an actual trade! The NBA trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and it seems that the rest of the league is waiting to see where Josh Smith will end up before making any moves. Due to the salary cap rules, now is probably the best time for the Nets to acquire additional salaries, and they may also be looking to get out from under Kris Humphries’ contract. Brooklyn Fans will be keeping tabs on any plausible trade rumors involving the team.
1. Ben Gordon (SG-Charlotte)
Wednesday, February 20: This deal is still there for the Nets if they want it, but they definitely have loftier ambitions for what Kris Humphries can bring.
Thursday, February 14: Gordon has been playing poorly– he’s shooting 22-73 (.301) in the month of February, and apparently does not get along at all with head coach Mike Dunlap. The Bobcats are trying hard to trade him, but these things aren’t exactly helping his value.
Friday, February 8: According to multiple sources, the Charlotte Bobcats have contacted the Nets about a Kris Humphries for Ben Gordon swap. The deal makes some sense for both teams, as the Bobcats have too many guards, and the Nets need a shooter. Gordon, 30, is averaging 13 points in 22 minutes per game this season, and making 42% of his threes. Both players have one year remaining (after this one) on overly optimistic deals.
2. Josh Smith (F-Atlanta)
Wednesday, February 20: As far as we know, Smith is the big prize of this year’s trading deadline. The Nets still seem to be in the running. Phoenix and Milwaukee are also possible destinations.
Sunday, February 10: This is less plausible than the Ben Gordon rumor, because it’s not clear that the Nets could put together an attractive offer for Smith. The names that have been mentioned: Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, another player (Teletovic?) and a first-round pick for Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow. It’s not really clear why the Hawks would make that deal, so take it with a grain of salt for now. Smith, 27, is capable of playing either forward spot. He’s an excellent defender who has averaged better than 2 blocks over his entire career. While he’s undeniably a highly skilled player, he is a poor free throw shooter, and suffers from, how shall we say, Antoine-Walker-itis on offense: He never met a long jumper he wouldn’t take (and probably brick). Smith does have a nice fantasy hoops line going this year– 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.2 blocks.
3. Paul Millsap (F-Utah)
Thursday, February 14: Millsap has been mentioned as a trade target for awhile. He’s been losing minutes to Derrick Favors this year, but is still averaging 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 30 minutes a game. Millsap has a well-rounded game that should fit nicely into the Nets’ system, but as usual, the problem is what the Nets are able to offer Utah.
4. Paul Pierce (SF-Boston)
Wednesday, February 20: According to “anonymous sources,” the Nets have offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and a pick to Boston for Paul Pierce. Boston also is said to have interest in Mirza Teletovic and C.J. Watson (as a replacement for Leandro Barbosa, I assume). One problem with this deal is that it would make Gerald Wallace the starting power forward. And, while I did discuss the possibility of inventing my own trade rumor with Jason Schott last night, this is not it.
5. Dwight Howard (C-L.A. Lakers)
Some people still seem to think that Dwight Howard is coming to Brooklyn. I don’t believe it for a second, and neither should you. Chris Sheridan is the latest writer to beat this dead horse.
6. Ersan Ilyasova (F-Milwaukee)
The Nets apparently tried to revive the Humphries-for-Ilyasova negotiations that were reported in December, but with Ilyasova playing much better of late, the Bucks have limited interested in this deal.
We will be recapping the trade deadline once the dust has settled, but the first major deal just went down: The Sacramento Kings sent this year’s #5 pick, forward Thomas Robinson, to the Houston Rockets, along with forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. In return, Sacramento received forward Patrick Patterson, guard Toney Douglas, center Cole Aldrich, and cash considerations. In a separate deal, the Rockets sent forward Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round draft pick. Morris will be playing alongside his twin brother Markieff in Phoenix.
Who should the Nets get to bring their team to the next level? Let us know in the comments below.