The trade deadline is weeks away and the Nets have been featured prominently on the pages of Hoops Rumors. Nets GM Billy King admits that the phone is ringing in Brooklyn, but he insists that he’s not the one doing the dialing.
“Are we aggressively shopping our guys? No. Have we had a lot of conversations with people? Yes,” said King in an interview with Sarah Kustok and Lenn Robbins of BrooklynNets.com earlier tonight (via Roderick Boone of Newsday on Twitter).
King went on to explain (link) that he wants to “see this group play” before making any deals. In fact, King said that he wants to sit back and evaluate things between now and the All-Star break before doing anything at all, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (on Twitter). “Then, if a deal makes sense, we’ll do it,” the GM said. The Nets will play their last game before the break on February 10th and won’t resume action until February 20th.
Despite the Nets’ struggles so far this season (they’re 18-28 heading into tonight’s tilt against the Clippers), King says that he still believes that the Nets have enough talent to make it to the playoffs. With that in mind, King says that he will not make a deal just for the heck of it (via Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record on Twitter). Still, he has spoken to Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Deron Williams about the possibility being traded (via Boone on Twitter).
Recently, the Nets have been discussing Lopez with the Nuggets, though it appears that things have been dormant for the last week. The Nets could also upgrade their roster in the coming weeks without making a trade as they are looking into old friend Andray Blatche.