Brooklyn dangles MarShon as trade bait for Wolves

By on June 25, 2013
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard MarShon Brooks (9) drives as they beat the Indiana Pacers 97-86 at the Barclays Center on Sunday, January 12, 2013. (Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News)

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Could MarShon Brooks be dealt for an experienced point guard? It appears so.

The Nets have been involved in discussions about a trade that would send MarShon Brooks to the Timberwolves, multiple sources told the Daily News.

Minnesota has shown interest in the third-year shooting guard out of Providence, calling around the league for feedback. Talks have not escalated to anything serious or imminent at the moment, according to a source. Another source said a proposal is on the table waiting for the Timberwolves’ approval.

The Timberwolves have an excess of experienced point guards, and the Nets could use one because C .J. Watson will opt out of his contract before Sunday’s June 30 deadline. J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour would seem to make sense, although it’s unclear if Minnesota’s backup point guards have been discussed.

Both earn more money than Brooks, so other players would have to be added to a trade to make salaries match. In the past the Nets have also been interested in Minnesota’s Andrei Kirilenko.

The Nets pick 22nd in the draft on Thursday. The Timberwolves pick 26th.

After making the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team, Brooks was unhappy with his role in his second season when he went from sixth man to a fringe player.

The Nets are expected to announce the hiring of the first members of Jason Kidd’s coaching staff this week, according to GM Billy King.

Lawrence Frank, who was Kidd’s head coach in New Jersey, and Roy Rogers, who was Frank’s assistant, are the two likely candidates. The contracts of current assistant coaches expire on Sunday. Popeye Jones, who started as a Nets assistant under Avery Johnson in 2010, was helping Kidd at the Nets’ practice facility on Monday.

Point guards Deron Williams and Tyshawn Taylor were also working out at the facility. Taylor, Tornike Shengelia and Kris Joseph are the first confirmed members of the Nets’ Summer League team, which will be coached by Kidd and play in Orlando from July 7-12.

The Nets worked out a group of prospects Monday that included Michigan forward Tim Hardaway Jr. and Virginia Tech guard Erick Green, who are both projected as late first-round or early second-round picks.

If King holds on to the No. 22 pick — and he has a long history of draft-day deals — he said he expects to draft a player who can make an impact by his second year.

“We’ll be able to get a player where we select at 22 where they may be able to crack the rotation this year, probably another (year) for sure,” the GM said.

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