Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez opting out?

The safe assumption is the Nets will make strong offers to both Lopez and Young once they opt out of their current contracts and become free agents July 1. All signs point to Lopez, despite his worrisome injury history, declining his $16.74 million option for next season and heading to the open market after responding to a near-trade to Oklahoma City with a monster second half. Young, despite his status as a longtime King favorite, is likewise believed to be leaning toward bypassing the $10-ish million he is owed for 2015-16 to do the same.
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October 19, 2017 | 1:43 pm EDT Update
Kristaps Porzingis on his mindset as the face of NYK going forward: “I never doubt myself. I never feel like I’m not ready for something even if it’s the most difficult challenge in my life. I always try to think about the things I’m capable of doing and focus on those things and focus on the thing I can affect. I’m never too afraid of a situation. I’m here now, I had a great experience watching Melo how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that’s what I’m going to use to go forward.”
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Kristaps Porzingis on how things will be different without Carmelo Anthony: “I think we’re going to realize that as we go forward, how much pressure he took off of everybody and how valuable a player like that actually is. He just draws so much attention. We’re going – and myself also I’m going to feel it as the season goes on. Right now I’m just going to play my game really and not try to force things, play my game and that’s it.”
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Dan Duangdao: How do you feel about being the steal of the draft and is there any pressure to live up to the hype? Kyle Kuzma: It’s pretty cool to prove the doubters wrong, people who weren’t familiar with my game. Now they know how good I am, I’m sure. I don’t think there’s any pressure because I was picked 27th (laughs). If I was picked top-five, there would be some pressure, but I just try to come in and work hard every day and try to gain the respect of my teammates and coaches.