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Stein: Nets talked with Grizzlies about Joe Johnson

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Marc Stein reports that the Nets and Grizzlies talked about trading for Joe Johnson.

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.