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Sometimes, the trades you don't make...

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As the 3 p.m. trade deadline approached on February 19, the Nets front office were juggling a lot of balls.If everything had worked out, the franchise would have been transformed.  Brook Lopez would have been gone. The Nets were going to, in the words of Adrian Wojnarowski, turn the keys to Reggie Jackson, who would supplant Deron Williams. The Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young deal was not the priority.

It didn't work out that way ... at all.

KG needed to fax or email his trade clause waiver documents to the league office. That didn't happen until 2:54 p.m. Six minutes to spare. If that hadn't happened... Don't even think about it.

At the same time, according to various sources and reports, the Nets and Thunder were in intense negotiations on a deal that would have sent Lopez to Oklahoma City for Jackson, Kendrick Perkins and one other player, either Perry Jones III or Ish Smith. If that had worked out, Perkins would have been shipped to the 76ers for some other assets, probably second rounders. Also, the Nets were reportedly involved in talks with the Wizards. Jarrett Jack would have gone to Washington in return for Martell Webster and a swap of first round picks.

Of course, only the first deal took place (and it almost didn't.) OKC went with Enes Kanter instead of Lopez, getting him in a three-team deal. Jackson went to Detroit.  How close was it? VERY close and when it fell apart, the Nets were very disappointed. They saw Jackson as a future keystone and according to reports would have maxed him out. But before that, they would have gone under the luxury tax threshold, saved a lot of money and been able to use the full MLE, the BAE and participate fully in sign-and-trades.

Now, after the Nets have awakened --powered by D-Will and Lopez-- and moved in the playoffs (for now), no one is publicly saying what they think, but a lot of fans are breathing a sigh of release.  Peter Vecsey tweeted out what a lot of fans think now.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Think about where BK would be had OKC opted 4 Lopez v Kanter! Addition of RJackson would&#39;ve buried DWilliams deeper &amp; left it w no Off at 5</p>&mdash; Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) <a href="">April 4, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>As they say, some of best trades r 1s u don&#39;t make 4 whatever reason. Add that 2 one BK did make (KG-Young) &amp; you have 6 str wins &amp; 10 of 12</p>&mdash; Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) <a href="">April 4, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Vecsey thinks there's another benefit to the trade deadline "failings:" Lionel Hollins HAD to play D-Will and Lopez.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Part 3 is Hollins having no option, once trade deadline passed, but 2 stop accentuating negative of Lopez &amp; Deron &amp; start giving &#39;em respect</p>&mdash; Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) <a href="">April 4, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Of course, it will take a long time for everyone --front office and the fans-- to figure out whether things worked out for the best. Looks good now, but the Nets have a lot of financial questions this summer and even the playoffs are by no means guaranteed. Besides, who knows how D-Will and Lopez, etc. feel about the franchise after being dissed.  Just like "they" say, the best trades are often the ones you don't make, "they" also say, only time will tell.