Back in January, the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly came close to acquiring one-time All-Star Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets. However, that trade collapsed when the Nets pulled out, and the talks have been dormant since.
Until now. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that discussions sending Lopez to the Thunder are back on:
Sources: Brooklyn, OKC could have traction on Brook Lopez talks again -- if Nets believe they can convince Reggie Jackson to sign extension.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
The proposed trade would be contingent on Reggie Jackson, who we learned yesterday had requested a trade from the Thunder, agreeing to re-sign with the Nets. For the trade to go through, the Thunder would have to send more money to the Nets – Kendrick Perkins' expiring $9.4 million deal would be all but guaranteed to be involved, and Jeremy Lamb was also involved in the original iteration of the trade.
Lopez, who is averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 42 appearances this season, would give the Thunder a third scorer and their first real low-post presence.
Update (10:08 AM CMT): CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that the Nets are also insisting on moving Jarrett Jack to clear their backcourt logjam:
Lots of moving parts in OKC-Nets talks. Brooklyn needs to include Jarrett Jack in deal, source says, and still would have backcourt logjam.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 19, 2015
If sent to the Thunder, Jack would replace Jackson as the Thunder's backup point guard, a role that would otherwise be left to current third-string man Ish Smith. However, Jack's $6.3 million contract would be a tricky fit given the Thunder's already tight cap scenario.
Update (10:18 AM): Wojnarowski reports the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers could be pulled into talks, presumably for one to help absorb Jack's contract.
Yahoo Sources: Minnesota, Philly could be included to expand Brooklyn-OKC deal w/ Garnett to Wolves, Thad Young to Nets. Among many parts.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
This would also tie in with a previously reported swap that would reunite Kevin Garnett with the Timberwolves, sending Thad Young to the Nets. Meanwhile, 76ers GM Sam Hinkie smells second-rounders to be had and swoops in for the meal.
Update (10:36 AM): In the event that the Thunder and Nets can't rope in a third team, this is one potential trade on the table between them with Perry Jones being sent out as well. Via ESPN's Chris Broussard:
Sources say Nets 1 of a few options OKC looking at with Jackson. Still, it's close to getting done: Lopez 4 Jackson, Perkins, Perry Jones— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 19, 2015
Update (10:46 AM): Looking like a two-team trade, and one that's awfully close to completion. Home stretch?
Proposed Nets-Thunder deal is now in OKC's hands, I'm told. Just a two-team deal, w/Lopez and RJax as the primary pieces.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 19, 2015
Update (1:00 PM CDT): Wojnarowski updates his story to report that the deal is close:
The Brooklyn Nets are closing on completion of a deal to send center Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a package that includes guard Reggie Jackson, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
With the Nets committed to moving Jarrett Jack and ultimately paying Jackson as a frontline starting NBA point guard, Jackson has expressed enthusiasm about the deal to Brooklyn, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
As a restricted free agent this summer, the Nets needed to know that Jackson, 24, wants to have a long-term parternship with them.
Update (1:04 PM CDT): The Thunder are likely searching for a backup PG:
Oklahoma City's probing another possible deal before committing to Brooklyn trade, league sources tell Yahoo. Decision soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015