Thanks to the presence of Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov, his willingness to spend and his desire to win “the championship,” as he puts it, the Nets are always likely to wind up involved in trade rumors.

That’s especially true when the top player available on the market — Atlanta power forward Josh Smith — would fill a glaring weakness on their roster.

But just because the Nets have a need doesn’t mean they have a way to fill it to their liking. With that thinking in mind, Nets general manager Billy King said yesterday he doesn’t anticipate a flurry of activity before tomorrow’s trade deadline.

“I would put the likelihood of us doing a deal at 10 percent,” King said before Tuesday night’s 113-111 overtime win against the Bucks. “I think we’re going to try to fix weaknesses we have on our roster, fix holes ... if you’re making a major move, you’re reshuffling the deck, and we’re not going to do that.”

That doesn’t mean the Nets wouldn’t like to make a move, particularly to upgrade their power forward spot, where Reggie Evans — an offensively-challenged rebounding machine who fits better as a sparkplug off the bench — is starting and playing roughly 30 minutes a game.

Going about upgrading that spot, however, is easier said than done. The Nets have some intriguing young players, including MarShon Brooks, all of their first-round picks going forward, as well as a couple of potentially interesting prospects stashed in Europe in Bojan Bogdanovic and Ilkan Karaman.

But the one thing the Nets can’t provide a team looking to make a deal is an expiring contract. The one large salary they have to include in such a deal — Kris Humphries — is on the books for another $12 million next season. Because of that, any possible trade involving Humphries to acquire a significant piece such as a player of Smith’s caliber could require the Nets to give up a large portion of the assets they have stockpiled.