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Report: Nets nearly traded Brook Lopez for Hornets’ Lance Stephenson and Cody Zeller

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 2: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets stands on the court during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Barclays Center on February 2, 2015 in in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Last month, the Nets, Thunder and Hornets discussed a trade that would have sent Brook Lopez from Brooklyn.

Talks fizzled, but not before one version of the deal nearly came to fruition.

Nets Daily:

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

It’s not clear why the Stephenson/Cody Zeller-Lopez trade fell through. It seems to be a fairly reasonable deal.

Lopez is near All-Star-level when healthy, but he’s frequently hurt and highly paid. Stephenson’s salary also exceeds his production, but he and Zeller are younger.

Why do I bring this up now?

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Guard Lance Stephenson is still being shopped by the Hornets, a source said.
The Nets are still aggressively trying to move Brook Lopez before the trade deadline, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Lance Stephenson’s fit in Charlotte is still questionable, and Brooklyn could still be looking to shed salary in advance of a sale. These teams have also discussed a trade involving Joe Johnson.

There are clearly pieces on both sides that appeal to these teams. That doesn’t mean they’ll connect on a trade, but they could continue to circle toward something as the trade deadline nears.