Brooklyn Nets: Ben Gordon

Source: Humphries-for-Gordon deal off

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
12:28
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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.

Sources: Humphries for Gordon?

February, 8, 2013
2/08/13
4:58
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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.

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