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Monday, February 17, 2014
Nets eye Jack, Hill ahead of deadline

By Mike Mazzeo

On Monday, I asked an Eastern Conference scout for his take on what the Brooklyn Nets need in advance of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline:

“I think they could use a post defender/athletic rebounder if you are looking at the possibility of having to play a playoff series against Indiana. The Nets have played great going small, but Paul Pierce can’t guard David West for a series," the scout said.

“The only other thing I could see is getting a spark-plug type guy off the bench who can get his own shot and brings a ton of energy. Kind of like what Nate Robinson did for the Bulls last year. When you have a team that struggles to score on some nights, he can bail you out of games.”

These needs coincide with reports the Nets are interested in Jarrett Jack (for Jason Terry) and Jordan Hill (for their Disabled Player Exception).

Jack, of course, was so valuable for the Golden State Warriors during their playoff run last season, averaging 17.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting in 12 games. He also would give the Nets depth at point guard behind Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, who has moved into the starting lineup.

Jack does love to have the ball in his hands, and the Nets certainly have plenty of that already with Williams, Joe Johnson and Pierce.

Hill, meanwhile, has been very efficient for the Los Angeles Lakers, shooting 54.1 percent, while ranking 12th in rebound rate. The Nets are second-to-last in rebounding, and Hill would certainly help them in that department.

Problem is, Hill would cost the Nets $17 million between salary and luxury taxes.

The Nets clearly are actively looking to improve their win-now, veteran roster, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll complete either deal.