The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder have been talking trade for Nets' big man Brook Lopez throughout the entire season. Finally, the talks seem to be in motion. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the two teams are gaining traction in talks, but Brooklyn will only budge if Reggie Jackson signs an extension. Sounds like something we've heard before.
Sources: Brooklyn, OKC could have traction on Brook Lopez talks again -- if Nets believe they can convince Reggie Jackson to sign extension.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
This isn't exactly random. The Oklahoma City Thunder offered a package which featured Kendrick Perkins in exchange for the former NBA All-Star in Brook Lopez. The Nets want a little bit more than OKC initially offered, namely Reggie Jackson -- who's supposedly expecting a big pay day following this season when he's a restricted free agent.
ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo reported the framework of a possible deal that would bring back Jackson, Kendrick Perkins and Ish Smith. Adrian Wojnawrowski's updated story had Perry Jones listed rather than Ish Smith.
Then, Ken Berger put a twist on the whole thing by saying the Nets would need to include Jarrett Jack, a Lionel Hollins favorite.
Lots of moving parts in OKC-Nets talks. Brooklyn needs to include Jarrett Jack in deal, source says, and still would have backcourt logjam.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 19, 2015
Thunder & Nets re-engaged in Brook Lopez talks last night, sources said. Teams investigating 3rd team options at moment to expand deal— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 19, 2015
The 76ers and/or Minnesota Timberwolves may be that third team WIndhorst was talking about..
Yahoo Sources: Minnesota, Philly could be included to expand Brooklyn-OKC deal w/ Garnett to Wolves, Thad Young to Nets. Among many parts.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that Reggie Jackson demanded a trade out of Oklahoma City. Jackson's agent made it clear to OKC that he would be resistant to returning after this season should the Thunder keep him and decide to match an offer sheet in free agency this summer. Jackson, 24, has averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 assists in 28 minutes per game. He's shooting 28% from three and 43% from the field.
We'll update on the latest news reported, but it appears that Nets' brass has the wheels movin' on this train.