HoopsHype Brook Lopez + Trade rumors

December 15, 2014 Updates
December 14, 2014 Updates

Of course, all of this was accomplished without Brook Lopez, who missed his fourth straight game due to a lower back strain. The Nets plan to give an update on Lopez’s status Monday. Basically, what it all boils down to is this: either Lopez is going to have to change his game or the Nets are going to have to trade him. “I don’t know, hopefully we can,” Deron Williams responded when asked if the team can keep this up when Lopez comes back from injury. “We need to. That’s how we want to play. I think everybody understands that, when the ball’s moving around like that, it’s fun to play like that. You get into a rhythm, you feed off each other’s energy and it’s good to see.” ESPN.com

The 26-year-old is hurt right now, which hurts his trade value. He also has a $16.7 million player option for 2015-16, which he is expected to exercise. So the Nets are probably going to have to figure out how to make this work. And if Lopez coming off the bench isn’t an option, then they have to stop running their offense through him and make him an asset that makes his teammates better. Of course, that’s easier said than done. After all, the Nets don't really have the perfect big to complement Lopez, which would probably be an athletic rebounder/defender. And he's basically been the same player since he was drafted seven seasons ago. ESPN.com

December 12, 2014 Updates

Thursday was the first opportunity for Johnson to address the rumors the Nets are exploring their options in possible trades for him, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. Not surprisingly, the mild-mannered and laid-back Johnson said he could handle the speculation without too much trouble. “This is what comes with the territory,” said Johnson, who has been dealt three times in his career — including to the Nets in July 2012. “It’s part of it. And us as players, we still have jobs to do. And that’s to come out, try to get victories and help this team be successful. We just got to stay focused with that.” New York Post

December 10, 2014 Updates
December 9, 2014 Updates

The Nets have initiated exploratory talks around the league to gauge interest on their biggest stars, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, NBA sources confirmed. “When you are 8-11, you look at all possible options,” one league source said. “[The Nets] have explored all options at this time, which [they] are supposed to do,” another source claimed. New York Post

So, the Nets are 8-11 as they head into Chicago – with Lopez (back) and Johnson (flu) listed as out for Wednesday’s game. So they are looking at options, which is standard operating procedure for any and all teams. Sources maintained there is nothing imminent on the trade front. “After the last stretch,” one opposing executive said, “they have been very active in calling around. I think they are ready to deal but I haven’t heard of anything that’s is close to being done.” New York Post

Marc Stein: Story going online now co-scribed with @NotoriousOHM: ESPN sources say Nets have made D-Will, Brook Lopez & Joe Johnson available via trade. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

July 10, 2014 Updates

In the days leading up to the draft in June, rumors circulated that the Bucks were seriously shopping beleaguered veteran center Larry Sanders. A report recently surfaced the Bucks had offered Sanders to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a package deal that would have brought veteran center Brook Lopez to Milwaukee. Brooklyn reportedly rejected the offer. Racine Journal-Times

June 29, 2014 Updates

One of the final straws for Nets ownership came around the trade deadline. Kidd advocated for a trade with the Bucks that would sent Brook Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to Milwaukee for the deeply troubled Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. The suggestion, mostly about Kidd's belief that Lopez couldn't fit in his system, was considered and rejected by the Nets brass. NetsDaily

February 4, 2014 Updates
January 7, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets were notified Tuesday night that they've been granted a $5.25 million Disabled Player Exception for center Brook Lopez, according to sources familiar with the league's decision. The exception expires March 10. According to ESPN salary cap expert Larry Coon's website, the exception allows the Nets to sign a free agent to a one-year contract for the amount of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception ($5.15 million) plus $100,000, or trade for a player in the final season of his deal who is making no more than $5.25 million. ESPN.com

December 30, 2013 Updates

Pau Gasol for Brook Lopez? It would seem, on the surface, that merely posing such a question is a moot point given that Lopez is out for the season after re-breaking his troublesome right foot. Beneath the surface, though, there are at least two reasons to address it here: 1. Sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com that the Lakers did indeed engage the Nets earlier this month in some exploratory talks to see if Brooklyn had interest in such a swap. Sources say that the Nets balked at the idea when it was presented before Lopez's injury, but it's still noteworthy if it happened. ESPN.com

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