Report: Nets Won’t Trade Mikal Bridges To Rockets Even If Jalen Green Is Involved

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According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Brooklyn Nets have zero interest in trading Mikal Bridges to the Houston Rockets for Jalen Green.

The Rockets have made aggressive offers to the Nets for Bridges, but Brooklyn will not trade the Villanova product.

“The Nets’ resistance to moving Mikal Bridges, by contrast, appears to be iron-clad,” Stein wrote in his latest NBA post on Substack. “There have been multiple reports this week of Houston making a determined play for Bridges involving offers that would return a healthy measure of the draft capital that the Nets surrendered in their January 2021 trade to acquire James Harden. Word is that Brooklyn won’t yield on Bridges’ off-limits status even if the Rockets made Jalen Green part of the trade package.”

Bridges is one of the best two-way players in the NBA. He’s averaging 21.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 blocks this season while shooting 45.5% from the field, 36.9% from 3 and 82.5% from the free-throw line.

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The Memphis Grizzlies attempted to trade for Bridges last season, but the Nets declined the Grizzlies’ offer. Bridges signed a four-year, $90.9 million rookie scale extension with the Phoenix Suns in October 2021. The Suns traded the 27-year-old to the Nets last season in the blockbuster Kevin Durant deal.

Unless Bridges requests a trade from the Nets, the forward will stay in Brooklyn. The Nets are building their franchise around Bridges, who is making $21.7 million this season.

The Rockets drafted Green with the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Green is averaging 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks this season while shooting 41.4% overall, 32.5% from beyond the arc and 81.6% from the foul line.

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The Nets are 19-28 on the season. They are in 11th place in the East. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 22-25. They are in 11th place in the West.

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