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May 12, 2015 Updates

The real points of interest here are center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young. Each has a contract option that they can exercise this summer, allowing them to his free unrestricted agency. But neither case is simple, and there is genuine uncertainty about what either player will do. Lopez’s option is worth $16.8 million, and given his recent history of injury, particularly when it comes to his foot, opting out and netting a big contract as soon as possible is the wise thing to do. But Lopez could come back next year, play out his option, (hopefully) stay healthy and look like an All-Star qtqin, setting him up for an enormous payday in the summer of 2016, when the league’s new TV deal kicks in. Sporting News

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The big blockbusters have not done much for the Nets. So now General Manager Billy King is looking to improve from within. Just don’t rule out another trade. Keeping Brook Lopez is the priority, while moving Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be options if King decides to break up the Nets’ core. “Joe may have summed it up best,” King said Wednesday. “It may be the group, just together — maybe it’s time to maybe split it up, or maybe add to it to help them. So we’ll look to add to complement them, to make them better. Or do you look to maybe move a piece to add some other pieces to it?” New York Times

”Without Brook Lopez, there’s no way we even get to where we go to this year. What you saw in the playoffs, teams are double-teaming, game-planning how to stop him. And so that to me, when you’ve got a guy that can average 20 and is rebounding the basketball and getting double-doubles, there’s not a lot of guys that can do that.” New York Times

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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

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