The Lakers are no where to be heard and now there are reports that the Nets are going to be back in – if they’re not already – talks for JO.
NY Post: The Nets can’t comment, but they can try to renew trade talks.
Multiple sources indicated that’s the plan regarding Jermaine O’Neal after the Indiana star said at a charity event in Los Angeles he would welcome a trade to the Lakers first and the Nets second, rather than rebuild with the Pacers.
Nets team president Rod Thorn, who talked with the Pacers about O’Neal, 28, during draft week, declined comment because the Indiana star is under contract.
The Nets had offered Richard Jefferson, Nenad Krstic and Jason Collins, but the Pacers wanted Marcus Williams over Collins. The talks died. In the wake of O’Neal’s published comments, they figure to be renewed.
“I would welcome a trade to the Lakers,” O’Neal told SI.com. “(The Pacers) are into rebuilding and going really young and I’m just not in a position physically to go through (that). Los Angeles and New Jersey would be my top two teams.”
The Nets’ Jason Kidd, also at the charity event, said getting O’Neal, who can opt out after next season, would be a “huge move” (no tampering, the NBA said). Pacers president Larry Bird issued a statement yesterday and did not rule out a trade, noting “you never know what will happen.” From the Lakers, Indy covets Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, but L.A. is reluctant to deal Bynum – he prevented a potential deadline trade for Kidd.