Thursday, February 21, 2013
Source: Humphries-for-Gordon deal off
By Mike Mazzeo
The Kris Humphries-for-Ben Gordon trade talks between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Bobcats have broken down.
The deal is "not happening," a league source said Thursday morning, in the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the Nets "don't want Gordon, period."
FoxSports had reported that the Nets and Bobcats had a Humphries-for-Gordon agreement in principle, pending what happens with Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith.
Earlier Wednesday, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com there wasn't much to the Paul Pierce-to-the-Nets rumors and added that a trade was unlikely.
The Nets also tried to pursue Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova, but were rebuffed when they offered Humphries and MarShon Brooks, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
The Nets have been linked to Gordon, Smith, Ilyasova and Paul Millsap. Nets GM Billy King, however, said Tuesday there's just a 10 percent chance his team makes a trade.
Smith is Brooklyn's top trade target, sources recently told ESPN's Chris Broussard, but it is unknown if the Nets have enough assets to land him. Smith, 27, is in the final year of his contract, and would provide a significant upgrade at power forward were the Nets to acquire him.
Read my blog entry on why Smith would be a terrific pickup for the Nets by clicking here.