Nets GM Billy King says likelihood of trade 10 percent

Nets GM Billy King talks to media at Nets GM Billy King talks to media at a press conference regarding the release of head coach Avery Johnson. (Dec. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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With the trade winds swirling, Billy King assumed the role of a weatherman Tuesday, predicting the forecast hovering over the Nets won't be all that blustery for the next day or so.

Despite the Nets reportedly being linked to possibly acquiring players such as Atlanta's Josh Smith, Charlotte's Ben Gordon and Utah's Paul Millsap, King suggested that he may stand pat rather than make a trade before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

If you believe the Nets general manager, there's a better chance of seeing precipitation from the Brooklyn skies Friday than witnessing a new player wearing Nets' garb and playing in their matchup with the Rockets.

"I would put the likelihood of us doing a deal at 10 percent," King said.

Still, King has an affinity for conjuring up splashy trades, so leaving the door slightly ajar gives him ample wiggle room. But he said he's not about to alter his current roster unless there's good reason to.

"I like to make trades when I think there's a trade to make that can help the team," King said. "We are at a point now where I think this group has got to play together more than shaking it up and bringing in a bunch of pieces.

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"This roster itself is not perfect, but I think it's a roster that can win and it's won 31 games . . . We've had our big ebbs and big flows and we can't overreact and think, 'OK, we've got to do something here because, jeez, we've only won 31 games and we are 21/2 behind the Knicks in the Atlantic and 41/2 behind Miami, so we've got to make a major deal.'

"Sometimes you make a major deal, you can go the other direction."

MarShon Brooks, one of the subjects of the trade rumors, is ready to get past it either way.

"I would just like to know what team I'm going to be on after the next two days, and at the end of the day when the deadline is over with, I'll be happy," Brooks said, adding: "At this point, I just want to get it over with."

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