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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets don't make a deal

By Mike Mazzeo



Josh Smith? Paul Pierce? Paul Millsap? Ben Gordon? Ersan Ilyasova?

The Brooklyn Nets ended up with none of them.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying. More like a lack of assets.

A league source told ESPNNewYork.com the Nets will indeed stand pat with the same roster they had going into Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

REMEMBER: Nets GM Billy King said Tuesday that there was only a 10 percent chance the team would make a trade. Not like he didn’t want to. King is known for his shrewdness and aggressiveness. But both teams have to agree have a deal to be consummated.

DAMAGED GOODS: The Nets tried to pry the above players away from their current teams for the most part with a package of Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick. The problem with that?

1. Humphries is having a terrible season and still is owed $12 million next season.
2. Brooks, 24, has a ton of talent and potential, but the Nets have barely played him.
3. The Nets are likely to make the playoffs, which diminishes the pick’s value.

Add it all, up, and quite frankly, it’s just not that enticing. If Humphries was expiring this season, that wouldn’t have been the case. Granted, the Nets weren’t keeping him in the offseason if they didn’t offer him a two-year contract.

Gordon seemed there for the taking in exchange for Humphries, but the Nets figured they already had a capable scoring guard who needs to improve significantly on defense -- Brooks.

WHERE DO THEY STAND? The Nets would’ve loved to have upgraded their roster in what is considered a weak Eastern Conference this season. But it didn’t happen. The defending champion Miami Heat are the only team that has given the Nets absolute fits. Otherwise they’ve beaten every other East playoff team -- assuming they started Thursday -- at least once. So, basically, it’s still entirely possible that the Nets could advance to the East finals if everything breaks their way. But do they have any shot of upsetting the Heat? Anything’s possible -- if they hit 18-to-20 3-pointers in four games of a best-of-seven series anyway.