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Now the Nets and Lopez are headed toward another chapter. Lopez this summer can opt out of the final year of his contract, worth $16.7 million, and hit the free-agent market. One opposing general manager, who said the prevailing thinking around the league is Lopez stays put and gets a max deal, may have summed it up best. “If he walks, where are they going? They don’t have draft picks. They’re flip-flopping their pick [with Atlanta]. They’re getting the 29th instead of the 15th. For their future, I don’t see how they can lose him,” the GM said. “If Brook wants to stay there, he should be able to get whatever he wants.” New York Post

“Why would they let him go?” an exec from the Central Division said. “Everything I see, he’s a good kid. And he can [bleeping] play.” “If he leaves, then they are starting all over again,” yet another rival executive said. “He has proven he is healthy. There’s no question he’s always been a good basketball player. The question was ‘Can he come back from the injury?’ He’s shown he can, especially the last two months.” New York Post

April 26, 2015 Updates

Now, Lopez has played his best basketball since becoming an All-Star in 2013, which presents him with a difficult looming decision whether to opt in or out of his $16.7 million player option this summer. “He’s too much of an injury risk to opt in,” one general manager told SheridanHoops. “His value is close to the $16 million range now.” One NBA scout offered a different view on the situation. “Never walk away from $15 million,” the scout told SheridanHoops. “Plus, the cap jumps a year from now, so he would get more by waiting if he doesn’t get hurt.” SheridanHoops

If he opts out this summer, Lopez will join a loaded crop of definite unrestricted free agent centers including: Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, Omer Asik, Robin Lopez and Brandan Wright. If Lopez waits until 2016, he’ll join a smaller list of definite unrestricted free agent centers including Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside. According to league sources, Lopez is not leaning one way or the other and his agent will wait until after the season to make an informed decision. SheridanHoops

April 20, 2015 Updates

In an extraordinary NBA TV post-game show, Isiah Thomas and Rick Fox ripped the Nets point guards and by extension, their game plan, with Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard, saying that if he was Brook Lopez, he would have started a locker room fight with his point guards, "throw them up on the floor." "Their reluctance to throw the ball inside baffles me," said an agitated Thomas. "As a big man playing for the Brooklyn Nets, I would be sooo upset with the guards. The big man should go into the locker room and there should be a fight with the little guard. He should grab that little guard and throw him up on the floor and say, 'Next time, when I'm open, throw me the call in the paint.' "Watching the game as a point guard, I am seriously frustrated that you've got bigs underneath the basket with a man sealed on their back and you are reluctant to throw them the basketball." "He had 14 points, 17 rebounds, six for seven! That ball should have been inside to him a lot more tonight. " NetsDaily

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The market for Teletovic is tough to pin down. The blood clot adds a health variable, and Brooklyn could be in tax trouble should both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young opt into their contracts for next season. That could make Brooklyn reluctant to hand out the $4.2 million qualifying offer required to keep matching rights on Teletovic. Young and Teletovic also have somewhat overlapping skill sets, though Young is not on Teletovic’s level as a shooter and the Nets could play them together in funky, position-less lineups. Grantland

Lopez then scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the highly anticipated matchup against his brother, Robin. "I don't know," Brook told reporters why he and his brother don't acknowledge one another on the court. "I can't explain it. It's been unsaid this whole time. We never talked about it. We don't talk much." What does he mean by saying they ‘don't talk much?' "We have a FaceBook chat with our guys from high school and Stanford, so we talk to other people on the chat but we don't really refer to each other much. But we talk on that chat everyday, kind of, I guess." NetsDaily

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