Nets Targeting Paul Millsap For a Potential Trade

Josh Smith and Ben Gordon have both been linked to the Brooklyn Nets as potential trade targets and between now and Feb. 21, we will continue to hear their names called. There are other players out there who have heard their names called in trade rumors, and now, there’s another to add to the list.

The Utah Jazz are motivated to trade power forward Paul Millsap, and based on reports, the Nets would like to bring him in.

Paul Millsap

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News

According to league sources familiar with the Nets thinking, they’re still searching to add a big man, but don’t believe that they are going to wind up with Smith or Gordon, despite having recent trade talks with Atlanta and Charlotte…

the Nets are focusing on Utah’s Paul Millsap or another power forward to add by the trading deadline. The Nets and Jazz have been trading partners in the past, highlighted by the Nets’ bold move to get Williams at the 2011 mid-season deadline. But King also insists he hasn’t given up on this group.

“You get in the playoffs, you’ve got a chance,” Billy King said. “I look at the Boston Celtics last year. They were buried and they got to the conference final. We played well in January and November. The goal for us is to get back to playing good basketball. We did it before.”

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

Millsap would obviously be a good get for the Nets. He’s one of the more underrated power forwards in the league, but again, with Kris Humphries being the primary trade pawn for this team, they may be hard pressed to sell the Utah Jazz on dealing Millsap to Brooklyn.

Odds are, the Jazz would want a package featuring young players, expiring contracts and draft picks. Humphries doesn’t seem to fit that mold and may just overload the already crowded frontcourt in Utah. With Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson (who also could be moved), it seems unlikely the Jazz would be willing to pay Humphries $12 million next season.

With Humphries disappointing play and Reggie Evans being best suited for a bench role, it does seem that the Nets are wise to be trying to get an upgrade at power forward. Ben Gordon would also serve a good function by providing some bench scoring.

At least the Nets are trying to improve… Kudos for that.