Earlier this month, the two teams were linked in trade talks surrounding Nets center Brook Lopez and Hornets guard Lance Stephenson. Those talks fell apart when Brooklyn hesitated on adding Stephenson and sought a bigger haul for Lopez, according to Wojnarowski.
Johnson reportedly intrigues Charlotte owner Michael Jordan. Johnson, 33, has struggled with tendonitis this season and is due to make $23.1 million this season and $24.9 million next season, the last on his current deal. He is averaging 15.5 points per game, down from his career average of 17.4, plus 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
The Nets have lost eight of their last 10 games, dropping them to 18-26 and ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Hornets have won eight of their last 10, and are eighth in the East at 19-26.
- Mike Fiammetta