The Nets are looking to tear it down, and one report says that Bojan Bogdanovic could be the first piece to go.
The Sporting News's Mitch Lawrence says the Hornets have checked in on Bogdanovic's availability.
"GM Billy King is conceding privately what we all know: The Nets aren't making the playoffs. So it's time to start breaking up the team. So far, Charlotte has called to try to deal for Bojan Bogdanovic, the team's top 3-point marksman, Sporting News has learned," Lawrence writes. "If Joe Johnson doesn't get moved at the deadline, he's seen as a prime candidate for a buyout."
NetsDaily speculated Jeremy Lin could be a fair return, due to his $2.1 million salary($1.4 million less than Bogdanovic) and the Nets' need for a point guard.
It'd be a shame to see Bogie go, but at his age and with his skill set, he's really the kind of player that would thrive on a contender that could give him 12-15 minutes a night and have him be the focal point of a second unit offense. His effective field goal percentage has dropped this year, as he has put up a shot-and-a-half more per game, and it just seems like he's trying to do too much to counterbalance Brooklyn's truly awful outside attack. If the Nets can try to get something of value, it's a move that would make sense.
If Brooklyn can bring in Lin to run the offense, count me in. He has a $2.2 million player option for next season, and the draw of playing in New York again may appeal to him. Right now, his career average of 11.7 points and 4.6 assists per game would undoubtedly make him the most accomplished point guard on the roster. And if the Nets have any chance of attracting a free agent this offseason, they're going to need more than Shane Larkin to entice them.