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Rumor: Brooklyn Nets looking to trade Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams

Although it meant parting with legends Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the trade with Brooklyn is looking better and better.

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ESPN's Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk have the scoop on Brooklyn's Big-ish Three:

League sources told that ‎the Nets, off to a disappointing 8-11 start and looking to retool after last season's $190 million roster filled with veterans couldn't advance beyond the second round of the playoffs, 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.

Individually, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams have all been disappointments in Brooklyn and collectively, it's been worse.  The team is 8-11 and currently 8th in the Eastern Conference with the Celtics nipping at their heels.  In the immediate, It's doubtful that Danny would be interested in any of the three.  All are overpaid and don't fit the Celtics youth movement; Lopez and Williams have battled lower body injuries over the last two seasons, Boston is well-stocked at the point, Lopez isn't the rim protector that the Celtics are looking for, and Iso Joe just doesn't fit Brad Stevens' motion offense.

However, the future is bright.  Although Stein and Youngmisuk point out that Brooklyn is looking to remain playoff relevant if they can find a trade for any of their stars, this rumor is a clear indication that the Nets are, at some level, in rebuild mode which makes the first round draft picks that Danny fleeced from Billy King last summer more valuable.  He's already used one of them on Red Claws standout James Young and still has first round picks in 2016, the option to swap in 2017, and 2018 from Brooklyn.

If you're a Celtics fan, you're kinda hoping that King finds it difficult to move their big ticket vets.  The Nets GM is probably looking to find young talent and picks for Lopez, Johnson, and Williams, so anything that helps them long term could keep those first round picks in the high teens vs. in the lottery.  However, if they're looking to throw in the Big Ticket, should Boston listen?  How great would it be to have KG back in green for what might be his final year?