NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rockets and the Nets discussed a deal last week that would have sent point guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik to Brooklyn in exchange for Deron Williams, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.
Talks between the two organizations never got too serious, Youngmisuk reported.
One reason that general manager Billy King didn’t want to part with the three-time NBA All-Star was because his presence on the roster was one of the reasons that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce agreed to the trade that sent them to Brooklyn, according to Youngmisuk.
It was reported last week that the Knicks were attempting to trade for Asik.
The 7-footer is averaging 4.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks for Houston in 18.3 minutes per game. He’s started eight of the 17 games he’s appeared in.
Lin, who is no stranger to New York — you might remember his brief tenure with the Knicks — is averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game. He, too, has mostly come off the bench this season, starting eight of the 18 games he’s played in.
Williams, the Nets’ $98 million man, has dealt with ankle issues in 2013. Over 15 starts he’s averaging 12.7 points, 7.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game.
The Nets lost center Brook Lopez for the season this weekend when it was confirmed that he has a broken foot.
The Nets, who were expected to compete for an NBA title this season, are just 9-17 on the not-so-young season. They are in third place in the Atlantic Division and in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
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