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Report: Nets asked about Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, but Rockets wanted Deron Williams. Talks died.

Dec 23, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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In the NBA there are more trades discussed than there are in your fantasy league. Just very few ever get off the ground in any real way.

Take for example a conversation between the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets that took place before Brook Lopez went down for the season, according to an ESPNNewYork.com report (via Nets Daily).

According to a league source, the Rockets had preliminary talks with the Nets last week about Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Talks never gained any steam, but the source said the Rockets were doing their due diligence and Williams’ name came up. The Nets balked because one of the main reasons Pierce and Garnett agreed to a trade to Brooklyn was to play with Williams, according to the source.

That was never going to happen, especially with how Deron Williams has played well, but these kinds of conversations take place a lot. They just never rise to the point that the GMs get involved in any kind of serious discussion.

That said, expect some moves out of New York because Brooklyn is in a bind — they have traded away or agreed to swap picks for every one of the next five drafts. They simply cannot decide to write this season off, tank and rebuild via the draft. Their pick this year will go to Boston, although Atlanta has the right to swap out that pick first (Boston would just get the Hawks’ pick).

Their only choice is to try and win now, which means flipping the bad contracts they have for likely worse ones in an effort to get some more talent on the roster. Good luck with that strategy.

It is possible Jason Kidd takes the fall for this (and he has had his flaws, as you expect in a first-year coach), but this is not his doing. It is all about Mikhail Prokhorov the owner and GM Billy King. This mess is their roster.

  1. money2long - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    still trying to pair dwill and dwight huh

  2. adoombray - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    are you serious? who cares what Pierce and Garnett think, or who they want to play with? both will be gone in a year, two tops, and that would be a steal for their future. Deron Williams hasn’t been good since he played in Utah under a coach he made quit. Jason Kidd is a horrible head coach and all the people who chirped that “floor general” cliche don’t want to admit that it is the unmitigated disaster that it is.

    Let’s call that Brooklyn situation for what it is: Russian Oligarch understand Kremlin politics better than NBA Basketball, Oligarch goes all in with moody, coach killing, wildly overpaid player who is mostly there to be rich and live the New York lifestyle. Inextricably tied to the franchise that turns out to be a lot harder to run than it was to bribe corrupt government officials, this player talks the owner into hiring one of his drinking buddies who already lives in town and trade for a couple of older guys they respect and like but whose best days and healthiest bodies are far, far behind them.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2013-2014 Brooklyn Nets.

  3. jolink653 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Clever of the Rockets to suggest that trade because everyone knows how conscious the Nets are of trying to top the Knicks and what better way to trump them than by bringing in the former savior of the Knicks in Jeremy Lin? Houston would have shed two terrible contracts for one of the best point guards in the league. Not surprised Brooklyn turned it down though

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    To be fair, who else do the Nets have anyone would want?

  5. somekat - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Billy King is an awful GM, and I said this would happen when they hired him. He overvalues his own players, overpays FA’s, and can’t draft a lick.

    He is doing nothing now that is any different than he did in Philly. Build an average team with bad contracts that it will take the next GM 3 years to get out of

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