HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors


March 29, 2015 Updates

This is the Brook Lopez the Nuggets had eyes for leading up to the trade deadline — a deadly scorer on the block who blocks and alters shots on the defensive end. The Nets rebuffed all trade offers, but they could lose Lopez if he opts out of the final year of his contract this summer. Doing so would make him a coveted, unrestricted free agent, and the Nuggets could make another run at acquiring him if they’re able to clear the salary cap space needed to make that happen. Denver Post

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The “it” in that sentence is his option. Lopez has a player option for next year; if he opts in with the Brooklyn Nets, he’ll earn $16.8 million next season, and become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. If he opts out, he’ll have the chance to re-negotiate his contract, with the Nets or elsewhere, and secure long-term security with a multi-year deal. “(My agent has) reminded me every now and then that that is coming up, the option and there’s opportunities there, but that’s not something I’m focusing on now,” Lopez said. The Brooklyn Game

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Nets point guard Deron Williams is pleased, and understandably surprised, that Brook Lopez is still his teammate. “He’s been involved in so many [trade rumors], and so many close deals,” Williams said before the Nets (25-34) were annihilated by the Charlotte Hornets, 115-91, at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. Charlotte was one of several teams that engaged the Nets in trade negotiations for Lopez this season, according to a league source. “It’s not like they’re just rumors,” Williams said. “It’s like the deal is on the table and things like that. I know it’s been tough for him. That’s the main thing. He’s here. He’s our teammate and we’re happy with him.” Wall Street Journal

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But if Lopez opts in, it seems a virtual certainty that the Nets will be taxpayers next season, and perhaps significantly so. If both Lopez and Thaddeus Young opt into the final years of their contracts, the Nets already will have over $88 million committed to 11 players. Add in the salary the Nets will pay to their first round pick and just one minimum salaried veteran player and the Nets would be in the neighborhood of $91 million in salaries for next season with the minimum 13 players on their roster. New York Post

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