Report: Nets, Hornets talking trade for Johnson, Stephenson
The trade talks between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets are back on, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night.
This time, the deal centers around Nets guard Joe Johnson, who likely would be dealt to the Hornets for guard Lance Stephenson, guard Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, according to the report.
Johnson, 33, is averaging 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 42 games this season. However, he has been battling tendinitis in his ankle and knee.
Stephenson, signed to a three-year deal as a free agent this past offseason, has been limited to 31 games. He has averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
Henderson, who has spent his entire six-season career with Charlotte, is averaging 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Williams, in his first season with the Hornets, has averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Charlotte is a half-game ahead of the Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, the Hornets have won nine of their past 11 games while the Nets have lost 10 of their past 12.
The teams reportedly were part of a proposed three-way deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder that eventually fell through earlier this month. In that swap, Nets center Brook Lopez would have been shipped to the Thunder and Stephenson would have gone to the Nets, Wojnarowski reported.