There have been rumblings for weeks about the possibility of a deal that would send Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that the trade deadline is only hours away, that deal looks closer to getting done.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets and Thudner are in serious talks about a Lopez trade that would send point guard Reggie Jackson to Brooklyn:
The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City are in serious talks on a deal for Brook Lopez – with a key component centering on the Nets’ ability to persuade Thunder guard Reggie Jackson to make a long-term commitment to the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There is also a possibility that the deal could be expanded to include the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers, making it a massive blockbuster deal according to Wojnarowski:
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
The Thunder would likely include Kendrick Perkins and Perry Jones in the trade to the Nets as well as Jackson who is the centerpiece.
Lopez would give the Thunder a legitimate post presence on offense, something the team has never had in the Kevin Durant era. As the team looks to make a final push and make the playoffs, Lopez would be a major acquisition.
Jackson has been unhappy with his diminishing role in Oklahoma City and has been vocal about his desire to be a starter in the NBA. The Nets would seemingly like to give him the reins to the team, but there is the potential for a logjam in the backcourt as the team still has veterans Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack.[divide]