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Ohm: Nets, Thunder talked Brook Lopez trade

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Ohm Youngmisuk reports that the Nets talked "recently" with the Thunder about a trade that would have sent Brook Lopez to the Thunder in what essentially would have been a salary dump.

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A league source confirmed to NetsDaily that the two sides spoke but no "firm offers" were made.  Of the three players reported to have been offered, Perry Jones III is the only intriguing player.  The seven-footer has filled in for Kevin  Durant this season, averaging 7.8 points on 46% shooting, including 28.2% from three. He's still on his rookie contract. Kendrick Perkins, now 30, is averaging only 4.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is an expiring contract, being paid $6.54 million.  Lance Thomas, a little used defensive specialist, is on a vets minimum deal that expires in July.  He was sent to the Knicks this evening in the three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland and Dion Waiters to OKC.

Such a trade would have permitted the Nets to cut salary and luxury taxes this season and get them close to the luxury tax threshold.