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Nets trade rumors and news: Paul Pierce a target, Brooklyn still in Josh Smith talks

The Brooklyn Nets are looking to make a blockbuster, and they are targeting Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.

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The Brooklyn Nets have offered the Boston Celtics Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick in exchange for forward Paul Pierce, but the Celtics aren't taking it, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston wants more, and that could include guard Mirza Teletovic and even another pick.

Pierce was a target of the Nets before last season's trade deadline and Boston gave it thought, but Brooklyn ultimately traded for a younger Gerald Wallace in exchange for a top-three protected first round pick and some expiring contracts.


Also interesting the Nets is Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. Though Smith has been linked to more than a half-dozen teams, Wojnarowski reports that Brooklyn is among the three most-likely teams to land the versatile forward. Phoenix and Milwaukee are the other two, and while the Suns have little to offer Atlanta, the Bucks could be Brooklyn's biggest competition.

Though Milwaukee guard Monta Ellis had been rumored to be a piece the team would trade in a blockbuster, ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted that Smith would be more interested in playing for the Bucks if they kept the backcourt duo of Ellis and point guard Brandon Jennings.


Wojnarowski also reports that Boston wanted to work out a deal with Brooklyn for point guard C.J. Watson, but the Nets would like to retain him.