HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors

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

For the fourth time in three years, Brook Lopez has suffered a broken foot, a league source confirms to NetsDaily. That likely means he is done for the season. NetsDaily

The Brooklyn Nets disappointing start to the season has hit a low point with the loss of All-Star center Brook Lopez for the season to a broken foot, a league source confirmed. Lopez broke his surgically-repaired right foot that he fractured in 2011 and later had a screw replaced in. The injury was first reported by Comcast SportsNet New England. ESPN.com

The 7-foot center is thought to have suffered the break sometime in the second half, possibly in the third quarter, during the Nets' overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, a league source said. Lopez gutted his way through the injury, playing 44 minutes while making 9-of-19 shots and finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds. The Nets discovered the bad news after the game when Lopez underwent X-rays on his troublesome foot. ESPN.com

Rod Boone: Can confirm report that Brook Lopez broke his foot and is likely done for the season. Another rough blow for #Nets. Twitter @rodboone

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