Now into the third month of the 2014-15 season, the landscape of the NBA is beginning to settle. There are already those teams at the top (or bottom) of the standings that you can bet your bottom dollar will be there come the postseason.
But there remains a group of teams, of which the Brooklyn Nets are a member, who's fate remains in the balance. In limbo between a team that has the potential to push on this season, and one who could just as easily find themselves in the lottery shake up.
Boasting a disappointing 8-11 start, the New York franchise is firmly entrenched in the third group. Reports today though suggest they're planning on doing something about it with news that three of the Nets' perennial All-Stars have been put on the trade block.
As reported by ESPN's Marc Stein the Brooklyn Nets have made a concerted effort to make contact with teams across the league to let them know that Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all available for trade.
Per the report:
"League sources told ESPN.com that the Nets...have let it be known that they are prepared to move any of those franchise cornerstones in what would likely be separate deals if they came to fruition because of the high salaries each possess."
Williams will earns $21 million this year while Lopez has a player option for 2015-16 worth $16 million, and Johnson will earn an eye-watering $25 million. Finding suitors for those prices may prove a challenge.
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The Nets as a whole have been failed to meet the high expectations placed on the franchise in recent seasons.
The likes of Lopez, Johnson and Williams were supposed to help the team mount a shot at the NBA title but instead the team saw their 2014 playoff hopes ended after one round. And their start to the current campaign has led to fears amongst the team hierarchy that it could be another year of ineptitude.
Trading away three of the team's top talents may not seem like the way to "win-now", but Stein believes the franchise are confident of acquiring top talent in return should they find a team willing to do business.
With Johnson having already laid into his teammates for selfish play, and Lopez continuing his struggle to prove he is over his injury woes, that may be easier said than done however.