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Trade No. 1: Brook Lopez to OKC; Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson and a future second-round pick to Brooklyn

According to >Sporting News' Sean Deveney, a package of Perkins and Lamb wasn't enough to entice the Brooklyn Nets into parting ways with Lopez, and it should not have been.

Reuniting Perkins and Kevin Garnett, who played in two NBA Finals together with the Celtics, would be nice for those two, but it wouldn't offer Brooklyn much more than salary relief once Perk's contract expires this summer. Lamb, on the other hand, has done little to move the needle in the NBA to date.

Throwing Jackson into the mix would be a risky move in some respects for OKC. He's won big games for the Thunder before (see: 2014 first-round series versus Memphis), and jettisoning him would all but hand the keys to OKC's second unit to the inconsistent Dion Waiters. But Jackson, a restricted free agent after this season, could command much more this summer than the Thunder are willing to pay him.

This trade would make Jackson's future Brooklyn's concern, not OKC's, while also assuaging the Nets' lack of future assets somewhat with a token second-round pick. 

The Thunder, meanwhile, finally get the skilled 7-footer at center whom general manager Sam Presti has been pining for since the 2008 draft, per Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy.


Trade No. 2: 

Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to Denver; Kenneth Faried, Arron Afflalo, J.J. Hickson and a 2015 first-round pick to Brooklyn

Multiple reports have linked Lopez to the Denver Nuggets in recent weeks. He appears to be just the sort of low-post operator through whom head coach Brian Shaw can run his half-court offense.

The return for Lopez in this case is far from ideal. Faried seems like the only member of last summer's Team USA squad who's taken a step back this season, Afflalo can be a free agent this summer and Hickson is the sort of player whom Denver is probably looking to dump at this point.

Then again, Faried, a Newark native, could find his comfort zone in Brooklyn under head coach Lionel Hollins, who's shown how well he can work with young bigs. Adding a first-round pick—of which the Nuggets could have three this year—to the stash figures to be of vital importance to the Nets' gloomy future.

And if Brooklyn is dead set on playoff participation now, having a solid veteran like Afflalo in the mix can't hurt. Teletovic, who's out for the season due to a diagnosis of blood clots in his lungs, gets tossed in as salary filler until he hits free agency in July.


Trade No. 3: Lopez to Charlotte; Lance Stephenson and Noah Vonleh to Brooklyn

Miami is the other team that's more recently been tied to Lopez, per Sporting News, but figuring out a way for the Heat to swing such a deal is darn near impossible. Doing so with the Hornets isn't nearly as difficult, assuming Charlotte has a means of getting Brooklyn to bite the bullet on native son Stephenson.

Enter Vonleh, the No. 9 pick in the 2014 draft. The Indiana product has played just 91 minutes as a rookie, due to both early-season injury issues and the sheer volume of big bodies in Charlotte's frontcourt (Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo).

Vonleh was the Mr. Upside from last year's draft, thanks to his age (19), ridiculous physical gifts and tantalizing potential to stretch the floor at power forward. He's just the type of talented prospect the Nets will need if they're to avoid an extended blackout from NBA relevance.

And if the Hornets can flip him and their problem-child free-agent signee for a former All-Star who might otherwise pass over the Queen City, all the better., set News , Photos, Profile, Video, Artist & Celebrity World complete.

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