NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King would like to see his team play more before deciding whether to make a move prior to the Feb. 19 trade deadline.
"I would say more now, we're not making phone calls, phone calls are coming in, and we're evaluating things, but right now I want to see this group play," King said Monday night during a pregame show segment on the team's official website.
"I still have confidence in this group that they can get the job done, get us in the playoffs. So right now we're going to see how we can finish up going into the All-Star break, and then go in and we have a week after that to the deadline, and if a deal makes sense we'll do it, but we're not going to just make a trade to make a trade."
The Nets (18-28) have lost four straight and 12 of 14. But given that they play in the Eastern Conference and are just 1.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, there is more than enough time left to make up that ground.
Also, Williams is finally back after missing the previous 11 games due to a rib fracture.
"I've talked to Brook [Lopez] about it, I've talked to Joe [Johnson], I've talked to Deron, the players all know it's part of the business, but we're not looking just to get rid of these guys just because they're saying they're gonna do that," King said. "We're exploring things that make sense as people call, but we're not going to be making a trade to make a trade. That's foolish."
The Nets have engaged teams in trade conversations regarding max-contract players Lopez, Johnson and Williams, sources tell ESPN.com, but nothing has materialized.