Report: Nets, Hornets, OKC talking trade involving Lopez, Stephenson
The Nets, Hornets and Thunder are discussing a trade that wound send center Brook Lopez to Oklahoma City, shooting guard Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn, and guards Jarrett Jack and Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard.
The report comes after a separate report from Yahoo Sports that the Nets are "accelerating" trade talks for Lopez, who is owed $16.7 million next season as part of a four-year contract signed in July 2012. Over 28 games this season, Lopez has averaged 14.6 points on 50.4 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Charlotte has reportedly been exploring trade offers for Stephenson since December. Over 26 games this season, he has averaged 10.1 points on 38.6 percent shooting with 6.6 rebounds, down from his numbers in those categories last season.
Jack and Lamb have started a combined 22 games this season.
Oklahoma City recently acquired shooting guard Dion Waiters in a three-team trade in which it sent forward Lance Thomas to the New York Knicks and a protected first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brooklyn, meanwhile, dealt Andrei Kirilenko to the Philadelphia 76ers in December and was reportedly discussing deals involving point guard Deron Williams.
The Thunder are three games back of the Phoenix Suns for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, while the Hornets trail the Nets by 1.5 games for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.