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    Cavaliers-Nets talks about a Joe Johnson trade now dead, according to reports

    Jul 8, 2015

    FOCUS is now on Jamal Crawford as the Cleveland-Brooklyn talks about a trade deal involving Joe Johnson has fallen through.

    Earlier reports said Johnson could be on the way to Cleveland, which is looking to add firepower after falling just short of the NBA title.

    [See Cavaliers looking to acquire Joe Johnson in trade with Nets]

    But a deal hasn’t been worked out and ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo tweeted that colleague Chris Broussard that the talks are dead and the Cavaliers haven’t spoken with the Nets in three days.


    The clock is ticking on the Cavaliers to make use of their biggest trading chip, Brendan Haywood and his non-guaranteed contract of $10.5 million for next season.

    But the Cavs-Nets deal would have involved not only Haywood but Anderson Varejao, while a Clippers deal would not require the inclusion of the Brazilian big man who is returning from an injury layoff.

    [See With Joe Johnson deal a bit complicated, Cavs now also looking at more straightforward trade for Clippers' Jamal Crawford]

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