NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Nets had their eyes on Celtics forward Paul Pierce, but Brooklyn’s trade proposal wasn’t enough for Boston to pull the trigger, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Nets’ offer centered around Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick. Boston wanted something more “substantial,” Wojnarowski reported.
According to Wojnarowski, the Celtics value Nets forward Mirza Teletovic and another first-round selection, but Brooklyn has “shown no inclination to pay that steep of a price.”
Brooklyn general manager Billy King said this week there was a “10 percent” chance the Nets make a deal before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
The teams weren’t a match in a separate deal for Brooklyn’s C.J. Watson, according to Wojnarowski, who reported Boston had interest in the guard but the Nets want to keep him around.
For those still hoping the Nets can land Dwight Howard from Los Angeles, well, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak slammed that door shut in a radio interview Wednesday: “We’re not trading Dwight Howard.”
“He will not be traded and there’s nothing that anybody can do today to call me today and ask me, ‘Would you do this?’ and get a positive result,” Kupchak said.
The Nets are also in the mix along with Phoenix and Milwaukee for Atlanta Hawks star Josh Smith, according to Wojnarowski.
Nets fans — who do you want to see in Brooklyn? Be heard in the comments…