“Certainly, Joe Johnson, even though he makes a lot of money, still has a lot of tread on the tires and still can play and help any team,” David Aldridge said on NBA TV. “And Detroit, all of a sudden, is in the playoff race, so they’re thinking, ‘Hey, we can maybe get a player in Joe Johnson and get a player for Brandon Jennings, who’s out for the season (with an Achilles injury).’
“The Nets don’t really care what happens. They’d like to make the playoffs, but realistically, they’re not going to be a championship contender. It’s probably more important for Detroit to make the playoffs than it is for Brooklyn to make the playoffs, so that’s Detroit’s motivation to push for that deal.
“And they can take some salary in as well, so it doesn’t have to be an exact match. It’s certainly worth the Pistons taking a shot. I think Brooklyn is looking for more coming back than Brandon Jennings and picks.”
“Well, they’ve got some pieces,” Aldridge said. “Brandon Jennings would have to be part of this deal with his contract. It could happen. It’s possible. It doesn’t look, right now, that Brooklyn is pushing for this; it’s more Detroit that’s pushing for this. But certainly, Brooklyn is looking to shake things up.
“Everybody is available, including Joe Johnson, and Joe Johnson has more interest around the league than some of the Nets’ other pieces.”