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Sources: Humphries for Gordon?

ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the Nets and Bobcats have talks about a possible Kris Humphries for Ben Gordon trade.

League sources tell Broussard Friday that talks are on going and no deal is imminent (click here for the full story).

Gordon, 29, has a $13.2 million player option for next season. Humphries, 28, signed a two-year, $24 million contract in the offseason, but has struggled ever since, and his playing time has decreased substantially.

Gordon is averaging 13.1 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting, including 41.7 percent from 3-point range. The Nets rank 21st in 3-point shooting.

Nets starting shooting guard Joe Johnson is averaging 38 minutes per game. Johnson, 31, has been the anchor of the second unit for the majority of the season as well.

Johnson’s backup, MarShon Brooks, continues to see sporadic playing time. In his last five games, Brooks has played 18, 8, 21, 3 and 14 minutes.

As Broussard writes, getting a veteran third guard like Gordon would allow the Nets the option to go small at the end of games, playing a lineup of Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace, Johnson, Gordon and Deron Williams.

The Nets obviously have a logjam at power forward, with Reggie Evans starting and Humphries and Mirza Teletovic backing him up.