The NBA trade deadline is just 10 days away and the rumors are starting to heat up. We’ve already seen a few trades go down. Earlier today, the Cavaliers and Hornets completed a trade that sent Chris Anderson and cash to Charlotte for a second round pick the Cavs may never see.
The Nets, who have made it very clear they are seeking two first round picks in any trade for Brook Lopez have been in talks with the Pelicans on a potential deal that would send the 28 year old big man to New Orleans to play alongside superstar Anthony Davis. LegionHoops.com reported this morning that the teams have spoken and were progressing on a potential deal, but talks stalled after New Orleans was only willing to offer one first round pick and player(s) in the deal. As the Nets continue to rebuild and retool their roster, management understands their only asset right now in obtaining first round picks is Brook Lopez. Lopez is in his prime, averaging over 20 points and 5 rebounds per game this season.
Later on in this morning, Basketball Insiders reported the sides had discussed a trade that would send Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Tim Fraizer and a 2018 first round draft pick to the Nets for Brook Lopez.
Trade talks twist and turn like the roads in the street, so teams calling off talks and then revisiting them within hours is not out of the ordinary. Expect the Nets to continue working the phone lines and do everything they can to get the most for their star player. It’s a long shot they acquire two first round picks for Lopez, but they will milk this to the very end and will turn this into a bidding war. Best offer, wins.