The Brooklyn Nets have been trying for weeks to trade Brook Lopez and it looks like they may be onto something. Chris Broussard of ESPN has reported that the Nets are in talks with the Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder about a three-way trade that could land them Coney Island product Lance Stephenson.
According to the report, the Nets would get Lance while sending Lopez to Oklahoma City and Jarrett Jack to Charlotte. Charlotte would also receive Jeremy Lamb from OKC. Other players would likely be involved in order to make the deal work financially.
Broussard also reports that the Nets have been in discussions with the Miami Heat as a possible landing spot for Lopez. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the Nets have “accelerated trade discussions” in a desperate attempt to get rid of Lopez, who is earning $16 million this season and has a player option worth another $16.7 million for 2015-16 as well.
The Nets have been willing to deal any of their big three, Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, but have had a hard time finding takers. Lopez has been said to be the most tradeable, but with his poor defensive issues, which has been a major problem for head coach Lionel Hollins, and injury history it has not been an easy task.
Charlotte has looking to move Stephenson pretty desperately themselves as he has struggled to fit in and has dealt with injuries this in his first season with the team. Stephenson is in the first year of a two-year deal that has a team option for a third and is worth a possible $27.4 million overall through the 2016-17 season.
Lopez, 26, has averaged 20.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes while shooting 50.4 percent in 29 games this season. His defense has been heavily criticized by Hollins, who even called him lazy one night.
Stephenson, 24, has averaged 11.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists with a 38.6 field goal percentage in 26 games. He missed 14 straight games recently due to a pelvic strain.