Broussard: Nets in LeBron's Top 5

June, 25, 2014
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Could LeBron James end up in Brooklyn?

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Will LeBron James be a Net next season?

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ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard reports that the Nets are one of five teams LeBron would prefer to play for going forward.

But salary cap constraints make this scenario seem like nothing more than a pipe dream.

Writes Broussard:

"The Nets would have just as much trouble as the Knicks clearing the cap space to land James. While they would perhaps have the pieces to appease Miami in a sign-and-trade, they'd first have to get beneath the luxury tax line to be eligible to take back players in a sign-and-trade.

That would mean moving Joe Johnson or Deron Williams (they'd prefer it be Williams), but with Williams' injuries and max contract, that will be incredibly difficult. If they somehow found a taker for Williams, the Nets could then offer up Brook Lopez to Miami in a sign-and-trade for James.

Like the Knicks' scenario, this is barely within the realm of possibility."

Click here to read Broussard's full story [Insider link].

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8