Almost every time there's trade speculation regarding the Nets, the words "third team" enters the picture. The Nets need a "third team" to acquire Josh Smith. The Nets need a "third team" to acquire Paul Millsap.

Sam Amico, who's had a hit-and-miss record on trade speculation in recent years, speculates that again Cleveland and its GM, Chris Grant, could be the "third team" for the Nets, noting that the Cavaliers, who have a lot of cap space and a couple of expiring deals, may want draft picks as the price of participation. He also notes Billy King and Grant talked last week (although King likely talked to a lot of GM's recently.)

With an abundance of cap space and a few expiring deals of his own, Grant likely isn’t done.

Grant and Hawks GM Danny Ferry are tight (Grant was Ferry’s assistant when Ferry was GM in Cleveland), as are Ferry and Nets GM Billy King. That has led to speculation the Cavs could become that third team in a Hawks-Nets deal. Grant also supposedly spent some time on the phone with King last week.