HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors


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The trade deadline is approaching. Which burner is that Lopez deal—or any, for that matter—on now? “I wouldn’t say it is dead,” a league source told Sporting News. “But there has not been very much movement on it to this point. (Nets general manager) Billy King is giving off the vibe that he is fine with keeping the guy and trying to build around him. It is not coming off like they’re having some kind of fire sale out there.” Sporting News

The Nets are as active as ever, but they appear united against dealing just for the sake of dealing. If they’re going to move Lopez or Joe Johnson, they’ll want at least some token future assets and salary relief that could open up the possibility of Brooklyn becoming a free-agency player this summer and in 2016. The Nets surely noticed Mitch McGary’s strong play before the All-Star break, and that Steven Adams is out a few weeks with a broken hand. Lopez isn’t the cleanest fit in Oklahoma City, but it’s workable, and the Thunder are under massive pressure to win now. Grantland

Alex Kennedy: OKC's interest in Brook Lopez is real. Sam Presti has always liked him, dating back to 2008 draft. Don't be surprised if Thunder land him. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

February 11, 2015 Updates

Short-term, Woj sees Brook Lopez as the most likely Net to be traded, but that the two teams most interested in Lopez earlier this year --Denver and Oklahoma City-- have not yet "re-engaged" with the Nets. "I think they still have interest in Lopez but they have not re-engaged. That could start up again possibly," said the Yahoo! Sports writer. "But Oklahoma City was pretty adamant on 'here's the package we want to do for him.' They didn't want to give up any more. Now, they may feel differently at the trade deadline but maybe they get the Nets involved in a three-way or maybe a four-way." NetsDaily

February 5, 2015 Updates

Rival executives say that the Nuggets would love to add a star player between now and the deadline. They were linked to Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets recently and they’d be open to packaging some of their assets together if it allowed them to land a star-caliber player. Denver has been searching for a blockbuster move like this for quite some time, even attempting to trade for Kevin Love last offseason before he was dealt from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nuggets haven’t had a star since they traded Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks in 2011. Basketball Insiders

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We tracked trade rumor mentions on HoopsHype (which we humbly consider the go-to place for these matters) in the last three years to find out which players appeared most often in the trade mill without actually getting moved. Kharpetian's assertion was not far off: Nets center Brook Lopez is No. 3 in mentions of trade rumors that didn't lead to a deal. Only Pau Gasol and Josh Smith are ahead of him in the past three years. HoopsHype

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