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Nets’ Thorn keeping options open

February 12, 2007

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— The New Jersey Nets don't have any players Rod Thorn would label as untouchable. But that doesn't mean the Nets' president is close to dealing either Vince Carter or Jason Kidd, or that he's even thinking about it.

In fact, the team the Nets had Sunday could be the one they have when the Feb. 22 trade deadline passes.

Thorn is keeping his options open. But as of Sunday afternoon, he didn't have many options to consider.

"I don't see anything out there right now," Thorn said while his team enjoyed a day off following its third straight win, a 93-78 thrashing of the Magic at the Meadowlands Saturday.

Thorn said he will operate as he normally does as the deadline nears. He's listening to all offers and isn't ruling anything out. But he likely would have to be blown away by an offer in order to pull the trigger on a deal that would send either Carter or Kidd packing.

One local report Sunday suggested the Nets and Lakers are mulling a deal that would send Kidd to L.A. in exchange for a package of young players. But Kidd's name coming up in talks between the teams doesn't mean anything is imminent.

But Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak recently told the L.A. Times that he doesn't think he will "tinker with the team" before the deadline.

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