Marc Stein reports that the Nets and Grizzlies talked about trading for Joe Johnson.
Story going online now: ESPN sources say Nets and Grizzlies recently discussed a Joe Johnson-to-Memphis trade— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2015
Sources say teams could not find workable trade framework, but Nets came away encouraged they'll ultimately find trade taker for J-Johnson— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2015
Teams didn't find a trade match on Joe Johnson. But between this & D-Gallinari chase, Grizzlies clearly on the hunt for perimeter upgrades— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2015
Stein did not report on the details, but the Grizzlies, confident they are re-signing Marc Gasol, are looking for more offensive fire power. Monday is Johnson's 34th birthday. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.
NetsDaily can confirm there have been talks. Any such talks would have to begin with Jeff Green, who has been a disappointment in Memphis and makes $9.45 million and is an expiring contract. Other players who could be involved include Courtney Lee, Tony Allen, Vince Carter and Matt Barnes, all of whom make between $3.5 million and $5.6 million.
ESPN's lead basketball writer added that "The consistent word in league circles holds that the Nets will likely come to verbal agreements with both Lopez and Young early in free agency."
Meanwhile, Stein's colleague, Mike Mazzeo, reports that Alan Anderson will finally opt out of his contract Monday, the last day he can.
Source: Alan Anderson will opt out of the final year, as expected, and become a free agent. Today is his deadline to inform the #Nets.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) June 29, 2015
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