HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors

January 7, 2014 Updates
January 5, 2014 Updates

The Nets have applied for the Disabled Player Exception on Brook Lopez and expect to hear from the league within the week on whether the NBA will grant it, says an NBA source. The Nets still are unlikely to use the $5 million exception but want to have it on hand if an opportunity arises. Under the CBA, a team that loses a player for the season can apply to the league for a DPE. The amount of the DPE is limited to half the disabled player's salary or in the case of a max contract, an amount equal to the full MLE ... $5.15 if used to sign a free agent, $5.25 million if used in a trade (the MLE + $100,000). The team had until January 15 to file for the DPE. It can be used in a trade up until the February 20 deadline and can be used to sign a free agent up until March 15. At that point, it expires. NetsDaily

The surgery on Brook Lopez's right foot Saturday was meant to not only repair a broken bone but to restore the rest of his career. Doctors performed an extra procedure on the Nets center, moving another bone in an effort to prevent the injury from occurring again. General manager Billy King said the surgery was successful and rejected any suggestion that the additional procedure, a first metatarsal osteotomy, is a cause for long-term concern. "I'm not going to speculate. Right now, he had it, it was successful and I expect him to have a full recovery and be back next year," King said, adding that the team's leading scorer is expected to take part in offseason workouts this summer. Newsday

The best-case scenario for Lopez’s recovery would be to mirror that of former Cavaliers big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The 7-foot-3 Lithuanian big man had multiple issues with his left foot early in his career before having a complicated surgery that included a first metatarsal osteotomy, in 2001. After playing in just 29 games over the previous three seasons because of repeated issues with his left foot, Ilgauskas went on to play 10 more years in the NBA without any further complications from his prior injuries, making well over $100 million, being selected to a pair of All-Star teams and becoming a key piece of the Cavaliers’ playoff teams during LeBron James’ tenure there. “Different guys’ bodies react differently,” King said. “Different guys have had different things done, and they’ve had different success.” New York Post

January 4, 2014 Updates
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

The Lakers were known to be, at the very least, calling around to gauge Gasol's value before they decided to pull Pau off the market earlier this month. So determining how serious the Lakers really were with their Lopez interest is tricky ... especially since Lopez's health misfortune extinguishes any realistic hope of Pau-for-Brook talks re-igniting between now and the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Yet the mere concept of Gasol and Lopez exchanging jerseys nonetheless gets you thinking, because Lopez is owed $32.5 million over the next two seasons after this one. ESPN.com

Trading for players whose contracts expire in 2015 is one thing. There have been whispers in circulation for some time now that the Lakers, as opposed to wasting time with the long-shot pursuits of LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, might be willing to go that route if they knew they could indeed get a difference-maker or two back to pair with Kobe Bryant in Year 1 of Kobe's new two-year, $48.5 million contract extension. But trading for a highly paid player whose contract stretches into 2015-16 is something else entirely. ESPN.com

December 28, 2013 Updates
December 23, 2013 Updates

The news Lopez was lost for the season after suffering a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot during Friday night’s loss in Philadelphia caught everyone by surprise. The center played the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime after initially getting hurt when he got tangled up with Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young midway through the fourth quarter. “No one knew,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “That just shows how tough Brook is. “He told [Nets athletic trainer Tim Walsh] and our medical staff something was wrong, and they took [an X-ray] and found out what the problem was.” New York Post

December 22, 2013 Updates

The news Lopez was lost for the season after suffering a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot during Friday night’s loss in Philadelphia caught everyone by surprise. The center played the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime after initially getting hurt when he got tangled up with Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young midway through the fourth quarter. "No one knew,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “That just shows how tough Brook is. He told [Nets athletic trainer Tim Walsh] and our medical staff something was wrong, and they took [an X-ray] and found out what the problem was.” New York Post

December 21, 2013 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Nets officially announce that Brook Lopez has fractured foot. They do not provide timeline for recovery, saying they'll update next week. Twitter @NYDNInterNets

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