HoopsHype Brook Lopez + Trade rumors

July 31, 2012 Updates

The kicker would seem to complicate trade scenarios involving Lopez. For example if he is traded at a point where he's still owed $40 million, the acquiring team would have to pay him $6 million upfront. As Mark Deeks explains in ShamSports, writes, a trade kicker "can only be bothersome to teams and emphatically benefit a player." Deeks also notes that Hedo Turkoglu's contract also contains a "trade kicker" of 15%, complicated his inclusion in any deal. NetsDaily

July 26, 2012 Updates

Without a deal that would deliver him to the Lakers in the near future, sources said Howard wants Henningan to revisit trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets in January, when center Brook Lopez is eligible to be traded. If deals don't surface with the Lakers or Nets, Howard plans to sign with the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent in the summer of 2013. Yahoo! Sports

July 25, 2012 Updates

Rival executives believe Orlando is determined to play hardball with Howard and will not simply cave to his demand. One possibility is that Orlando prefers to hold onto Howard until January 15, when all players who signed contracts in the offseason are eligible to be traded. Among those players is Brooklyn center Brook Lopez, the centerpiece player in a Howard deal with the Nets who is recovering from surgery to repair a broken foot. By waiting, the Magic would be able to get a close look at Lopez and assess whether he has fully recovered. SI.com

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The Nets avoided losing their restricted free agent center, re-signing Brook Lopez, and thereby crushing any chance for a trade. Charlotte was prepared to give Lopez a four-year offer, as were the Trail Blazers, sources maintained. The Nets ended the Howard pursuit and finalized re-signing Lopez, something in the works for a while. “The window to get it [Howard trade] done became so small,” one league source said, “it just couldn’t be done.” New York Post

July 11, 2012 Updates

The Nets and Brook Lopez moved closer to completing an agreement for a five-year, $78 million maximum contract extension, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Once Lopez signs with Brooklyn, the franchise's pursuit of a Howard deal officially ends. Yahoo! Sports

Orlando has became aggressive again with Houston in trade talks on Tuesday, and is still holding dialogue with the Los Angeles Lakers and other teams about a Howard blockbuster. After a three-team deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers fell apart this week for Howard, the Nets were scrambling to find a way to do a trade directly with Orlando, or perhaps even recruit additional teams at this late stage in the Lopez talks, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

If a deal for Howard isn't done on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the Nets' strategy said Brooklyn plans to sign Lopez and move on with its team as constructed. Because Howard is widely expected to be traded sooner rather than later -- the Rockets, Hawks and Lakers are among the teams that have spoken with Orlando -- the Nets' signing of Lopez would likely bring an end to their extended pursuit of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. SI.com

Despite the Nets' position, sources said the Magic signaled that they aren't about to succumb to the external pressure just to accept what they view as an unfavorable trade. There were strong signs that the Magic may simply let the Nets fall out of contention for the 26-year-old Howard. "I don't think that there is a deal there," one source with knowledge of Orlando's stance said. SI.com

Marc Stein: More incentive for Nets to urge B-Lopez to hold off on offer sheet w/POR or CHA: If Nets match, BL essentially can't be traded for a year Twitter

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