NBA Rumors: Nets Shifting Focus Towards Acquiring Utah’s Millsap?

8432854The Brooklyn Nets are trying to make a splash in the trading deadline as they have made proposed deals for Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats and Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks. But the Nets are supposedly aiming for a big man. Here’s Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News with the report.

According to league sources familiar with the Nets thinking, they’re still searching to add a big man, but don’t believe that they are going to wind up with Smith or Gordon, despite having recent trade talks with Atlanta and Charlotte.

Still, the Nets are focusing on Utah’s Paul Millsap or another power forward to add by the trading deadline. The Nets and Jazz have been trading partners in the past, highlighted by the Nets’ bold move to get Williams at the 2011 mid-season deadline. But King also insists he hasn’t given up on this group.

Paul Millsap would be a very good scoring power forward to complement the Brooklyn Nets. Millsap is also in the last year of his deal and is probably looking to cash in on a large deal. I don’t think the Nets, with the endless deep pockets of Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, would have any problem paying with that money. Since Kris Humphries was dangled in the other two proposed deals, he’ll probably be involved again should the Nets go after Millsap.

As mentioned earlier, the Nets and the Jazz have dealt with each other in the past. The Nets acquired Deron Williams in the middle of the 2010-11 season, shortly after Jerry Sloan re-signed from Utah’s head coaching position. Utah hasn’t really indicated about extending Millsap but it depends on what they want to do with the frontline. The proven Al Jefferson and the young Derrick Favors are also in the frontcourt mix with the Jazz. Jefferson is also in the last year of his deal.

Nevertheless, Brooklyn is one to keep an eye on in the trading deadline. They’re not afraid to make bold moves from acquiring Williams to firing Avery Johnson.


Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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