The Nets will have some decisions to make in the next few days, but they're most likely going to be about buying two players --Joe Johnson and Andrea Bargnani-- rather than looking for big deals.
Mikhail Prokhorov, described Brooklyn's approach to Thursday's trade deadline as "passive."
"If we have some small, good pieces, maybe we can do something," Prokhorov said. "But we are (being) very passive because we're not in a hurry. We have a long-term vision."
That means that Prokhorov is sticking with the plan he laid out at his January press conference where he said the Nets plan to keep Brook Lopez (who was a featured speaker at the opening of the HSS Training Center) and Thaddeus Young as well as younger players and use them to lure free agents in summer. There had been some sense he might waver in that strategy but his comments suggested not.
Johnson was somewhat non-responsive about a buyout, but said he's thinking about it.
"We'll see what happens," said the 34 year old who's appeared in eight straight playoffs. ""It’s kinda hard (not to listen to it)," Johnson said Wednesday night about a potential buyout or trade. "It is what it is, man. It comes with the territory. Obviously me being an older player, I’ve seen it all, so nothing surprises me."
Dave McMenamin of ESPN suggests that while the Cavs might be a good spot for Johnson, some in Cleveland think that Johnson might prefer an extension with the Nets!
One popular buyout candidate is Brooklyn's Joe Johnson, considering the sorry state of the Nets. Johnson, a seven-time All-Star, has connections to Cavs general manager David Griffin through their time in Phoenix together, to Cavs lead assistant coach Larry Drew through their time in Atlanta together, and to LeBron James through USA Basketball. That would make him a welcomed fit in Cleveland. However, according to a source familiar with the Cavs' thinking, Cleveland's belief is Johnson does not want to leave Brooklyn and will seek to stick with the franchise on a multiyear extension as it undergoes its rebuild.
Meanwhile, Sean Deveney of The Sporting News became the second writer, after Adrian Wojnarowski, to suggest that Bargnani would get bought out after the deadline. Deveney said he didn't expect the Nets to buy out Johnson though.