The Nets continue to receive offers for center Brook Lopez, with the latest coming from the Denver Nuggets. Denver, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, recently offered Brooklyn a package of JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson and one of the two draft picks it received from Cleveland in the Timofey Mozgov trade in exchange for Lopez. The Nets rejected the deal.
Nets Daily has a breakdown of the picks Brooklyn would have received in the deal, plus some analysis on why the Nets decided to pass on Denver's proposal.
McGee, an athletic but often injured seven-footer, has played 20 games in the past season and a half, only returning to action this weekend. He is owed a guaranteed $23.2 million over this year and next. Hickson, who comes off the bench in Denver, is owed $11 million over the same period. McGee, Hickson and Lopez are all around the same age.
The Nets believe that Lopez's value has increased dramatically in the last month and believe they can wait till the trade deadline for better deals, not just for him, but for Joe Johnson and possible Deron Williams as well.
Lopez is averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game this year and is shooting 50 percent from the field. He has one year left on his contract: a player option for the 2015-16 season worth a little less than $17 million.
This is also not the first rumor that he's been involved in this year. There were reports that the Nets and Thunder were seriously discussing a deal that would have sent Lopez to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeremy Lamb and Kendrick Perkins. Before that, Lopez had been mentioned in rumors about a three-team deal involving the Thunder, Nets and Hornets, which also would have had Lopez ending up in Oklahoma City. Miami has been mentioned as a team going after Lopez as well.
The Nets are currently 18-28 and 1.5 games behind the Hornets for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Pistons to sign John Lucas III to 10-day deal
With Brandon Jennings out for the year the Pistons are in need of another point guard. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the man they're targeting is John Lucas III, a 32-year-old veteran who is currently wrapping up his season in China. The plan, according to Stein, is for the Pistons to sign Lucas to a 10-day contract this week.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons, who have been looking for another point guard ever since Brandon Jennings suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, are in the process of finalizing a deal with Lucas, who is fresh off completing his season in China.
Lucas played in 42 games for the Jazz last year, averaging four points and one assist in 14 minutes per game. In China, playing for Fujian Quanzhou Bank, he averaged 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game.
For more on Lucas potentially signing with the Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys.
Mo Williams is on the trade block
The Timberwolves guard is attracting interest around the league, according to Darren Wolfson of KTSP in Minnesota.
Williams, 32, is averaging 13 points and six assists per game this year. He also memorably dropped 52 points in a Jan. 13 game against the Pacers. Williams can still score and his presence would bolster the bench of any contending team. As for the teams mentioned in Wolfson's tweet: it's worth noting that Williams has a relationship with two of them. He played for the Clippers from 2010-2012 and was with LeBron and the Cavaliers for the '08-'09 and '09-'10 seasons.
For a quick breakdown of how Williams would fit with the Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys' writeup.