HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors

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

July 2, 2014 Updates
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

June 5, 2014 Updates

Brook Lopez will be with the Nets in Orlando for Summer League next month, where he is expected to work his way back from surgeries on his right foot and left ankle without playing in games. “He’s doing good,” Nets GM Billy King said Wednesday. “He was lifting the other day. He’ll be in Orlando with us, starting to progress to the court on July 1.” SNY Nets

April 23, 2014 Updates

But the boot is off and he started upper-body work last week. Basketball activities are still far off, he said, but Lopez fully expects to be ready for training camp. With the Nets. “This is where I want to be. I want to be back,” Lopez said. “I wish I could be out there, absolutely. I’m just finally happy to be able to travel again and support the team, be on the bench.” New York Post

March 26, 2014 Updates

Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

March 25, 2014 Updates

The center packed on more muscle than ever in the offseason, telling the Daily News he was up to a career-high 290 pounds as he tried to build a body to bang with the likes of Dwight Howard. But he soon sprained his ankle and fractured a foot, leading to separate surgeries that currently has him moving around with a walking boot and a cast. "We're going to change how we approach him, maybe with his weight," GM Billy King said in an interview on WFAN. "He maybe got too heavy. We're going to try to modify that as well and do some of things to take the pressure off his foot as well." New York Daily News

February 19, 2014 Updates

Bill Simmons is out with his annual list of 30 worst contracts and although Amare Stoudemire, and not Joe Johnson, is at the top of the list, Simmons has three current Nets -- Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in the top 21 -- a possible future Net, Marcus Thornton at No. 11. In his final tally, Simmons has D-Will at No. 5 and Joe Johnson at No. 4 We've all read what Simmons thinks of those two, not to mention Billy King, so let's focus on what Grantland's founder thinks of the Nets target, Thornton. Not much love there as well. NetsDaily

February 10, 2014 Updates

Brook Lopez isn’t a doctor, but he’s dealt with enough issues with his right foot he didn’t need one to tell him what had happened when the X-rays came back after he awkwardly fell on it during the Nets’ loss to the 76ers in December. “I’ve seen enough before,” Lopez said Sunday night at halftime of the Nets’ 93-81 win over the Pelicans, “to recognize that line on the X-ray.” New York Post

Lopez was sitting on a chair inside Barclays Center’s interview room, meeting with the media for the first time since suffering his season-ending injury. It has only been in the last few days he has been allowed to leave his house on a regular basis, after being mostly bedridden for the past several weeks following surgery early last month. He admitted the hardest part has been being stuck in bed with little to do but think about his current situation. “Yeah, I mean you can only sleep so much,” he said with a weak smile. “I tried to read a lot, write and draw and stuff like that. “But you do get to thinking. It’s inevitable. You try to focus on the positives. In my case, I just go crazy if I dwell on that stuff for too long.” New York Post

February 9, 2014 Updates

Lopez, at 7-0, underwent surgery again in January. Doctors reconstructed his foot to re-distribute the weight and the pounding he sustains. There are absolutely no guarantees but Lopez is stridently optimistic. “It’s going to work,” Lopez said this week in his first public comments since his Jan. 4 operation. “I’m definitely thinking that way. Some people say, ‘If this doesn’t work …’ I won’t think that. I’m definitely thinking the other way.” New York Post

Walton predicted an emotional down time for Lopez. But he insisted a huge ally is Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “This is where playing for a great owner like Prokhorov, who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, is beneficial,” Walton said. “Brook will go through all the emotions of, ‘This is my fault, I’m letting the team down.’ “You can’t panic, can’t go crazy and start blaming everybody. You’ve got to get healthy,” Walton said. “Nobody can predict health.” New York Post

February 4, 2014 Updates

King is confident the Nets could play this way with Lopez, in part because of his shooting from the center spot. But even he acknowledges meshing everyone and staying “small” would be a challenge. “Brook is a great scorer,” King says, “but now, when we’re smaller, defensively we are a little better.” Grantland

January 9, 2014 Updates

Shaun Livingston appears to have learned from filling in for Williams earlier this season, playing his second straight strong game in the Williams’ absence. And while Williams sat out Monday and got a cortisone shot and platelet-rich plasma injections in both ankles Tuesday, Brooklyn’s team doctor doesn’t expect him to need surgery or miss much time. “I can’t divulge a ton, obviously, but what I can say about Deron is that he’s a worker. And I just think — as with our other player, Brook Lopez — has just suffered a little bit of bad luck in regard to his ankles,’’ Dr. Riley Williams said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “What I can say is that I don’t think there’s anything going on with him that’s a serious issue over the long-term, and the guy wants to play. New York Post

January 8, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, the NBA approved a $5.25 million Disabled Player Exception for the Nets to help cover the loss of Lopez, out for the rest of the season with a broken foot that required surgery. The Nets have until March 15 to use the exception. But to do so would come at a hefty cost, though the exception can be used in a trade. The Nets would need to create a roster spot, and for every $1 million they spend would end up paying $4 million in additional luxury taxes. So a source termed using the DPE “unlikely.” New York Post

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

For Brooklyn to use the full exception and pay the ensuring luxury-tax bill, it would cost the Nets approximately an additional $20 million on top of the $180 million-plus in roster salary and taxes they're already paying this season. The Nets have until March 10 to use the exception through a free-agent signing or a trade. The Nets have a full roster of 15 players, so they would need to clear a roster spot to make use of the exception. Yahoo! Sports

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