Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: February 13, 12:07 PM ET
Report: Nets like Utah's Paul Millsap
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
The Brooklyn Nets are interested in trading for Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
The Nets like Millsap's skill-set, but the two teams have not engaged in trade conversations, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
The Nets also have been recently exploring trade opportunities for Josh Smith and Ben Gordon, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. The Daily News also reported that the Nets could be interested in another power forward.
Sources told the Daily News the Nets offered Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks for Smith, but the Atlanta Hawks want a better package for their 27-year-old power forward.
While Nets GM Billy King told reporters Monday that he "isn't going to make a trade just to make a trade," it is expected he'll certainly make plenty of calls given that he's in the final year of his contract and the team he assembled has lofty expectations.
Millsap, 28, is averaging 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Jazz this season.
Deron Williams was a former teammate of Millsap's in Utah. Millsap certainly would give the Nets an upgrade at the four spot, while providing Williams with a solid pick-and-roll option on offense.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.