Perhaps the big news out of the discussion was the two’s effusive praise of Brook Lopez, but an admission that there’s no guarantee the veteran Net will be around. Said Marks when Roberts asked about Lopez’s longevity with the team… “We’re going to be strategic and that just doesn’t go for Brook. I know he’s the one name that keeps popping up and has done for the last 19 years. There’s always going to be that guy. We’re just going to continue to monitor it, monitor how the team functions this year, this off season and so forth into the future. We know we have to be strategic. we know we have to be as creative as we can. May not be with Brook. Who knows who it’s going to be with. But you never know what offers are going to come your way. “We’re certainly not trying to shop Brook or anyone else, for that matter. But the stage we are at, we’re going to have to manufacture assets a long the way.”
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Marc Stein: The price on Brook Lopez has dropped, league sources say. Instead of two first-rounders, word is Brooklyn would accept a first and a second.
The Nets aren’t actively shopping Lopez the way the Knicks have Carmelo Anthony. The asking price was two first-round draft picks, but as soon as Cousins entered the market, that became less likely.
Nets Daily: Bobby Marks thinks Brook Lopez will be traded, he tells Glue Guys. No inside info. Just thinks someone steps up. netsdaily.com/2017/2/17/1464…
But Lopez insists that despite this being a different situation and a new regime, he said he trusts them to tell him if anything were imminent. And he says thatís a conversation that hasnít happened. “I’ve talked to [my agent]. But itís something Iím used to by now. It wouldn’t be comfortable without it,” said Lopez, who had 18 of his 20 points in the second half of a 111-107 loss to the Hornets on Tuesday. “I haven’t heard anything. I’m all right. If it were pressing or something was happening, I’d be aware.
“I’ve talked to [my agent]. But it’s something I’m used to by now. It wouldn’t be comfortable without it,’’ Lopez said with gallows humor as the Nets prepared to play the Hornets on Tuesday at Spectrum Center. “I haven’t heard anything. I’m all right. If it were pressing or something was happening, I’d be aware.”
Brook Lopez “Yeah, I realize there’s a possibility of both things. I’ve said what I’d prefer. They’re going to make their decision, but I would hope that I’d be informed, and I have the confidence they would inform me if they were thinking [of doing] something or something was going down.”
The Brooklyn Nets would move big man Brook Lopez. League sources have said the Nets have been open to that discussion all year, but that their asking price is steep and has been unchanged. The Nets are said to be seeking a lottery level pick this year, and a first-round pick next year. Nets sources have said from the start of the season that if they ended the season with Lopez on the roster, it would not be a bad thing because they would simply restart the talks around the draft.
On Brook Lopez’s future, Eagle reiterated what Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Stein have said in recent weeks, that the Nets “are not giving him away.” (25:25). Eagle suggested in fact that the Nets will likely want a lottery pick in this draft and another future first round pick. If not, he told Egan and Smeltz, “Lopez could be part of this next year.” (22:45) “I know the asking price is legitimately high,. Look around, not a lot of guys who can do what he does,” he added. “I don’t believe they’re going to get desperate and feel the need to dump him.”
It’s been reported by The Post, ESPN and YES broadcaster Ian Eagle they may not view Lopez as off limits, but aren’t actively shopping the center and have put a high price tag on him. Sources have said it would take not one, but two first-round picks to land Lopez. Eagle also reported on a recent NetsDaily podcast the Nets would want a lottery pick this year and a first-rounder next year.
The Pelicans have previously pursued centers such as Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe and Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez in search of an offensive-minded frontcourt sidekick to star big man Anthony Davis.
Adrian Wojnarowski: New Orleans has been engaged on several fronts to land a center, including pursuit of Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez, sources tell @The Vertical.
On Brook Lopez’s future, Nets play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle reiterated what Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Stein have said in recent weeks, that the Nets “are not giving him away.”. Eagle suggested in fact that the Nets will likely want a lottery pick in this draft and another future first round pick. If not, he told Egan and Smeltz, “Lopez could be part of this next year.” “I know the asking price is legitimately high,. Look around, not a lot of guys who can do what he does,” he added. “I don’t believe they’re going to get desperate and feel the need to dump him.”
Anthony Puccio: Source told me before the season that #Nets would have a hard time luring in two 1st-rounders for Brook Lopez.
The Nets have been willing to trade Lopez all season, but interest has been limited so far. His numbers are typical of his career (20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds), and Lopez has added a 3-point game in order to keep up with the times (he is shooting 36.5 percent from the arc).
His contract has only one year left after this one, but it comes in at $22.6 million, a forbidding number for any team hoping to keep some cap flexibility. That’s also caused some teams to shy away from offering up the draft picks the Nets need as a return for Lopez. He could yet be moved, but as one general manager said, “I don’t think there is a hurry there, because I think you can get him at the deadline if he is your best option.”
BKnets: at that point I would think nets don’t consider the deal unless there is a high 1st rounder involved. Steve Kyler: That is why you are not hearing a lot about Lopez being traded. They won;t get enough value for it to make sense.
Trade rumors seemed to have slowed this year, or as Lopez joked Thursday, “Haven’t heard anything in like a whole day and a half.” He does hold a number of Nets records over that time, or is closing in on them, but the one thing his coach appreciates is his leadership, which is can’t be quantified.
Sources stressed to ESPN.com in recent days that they believe the Nets, as it stands, are merely fielding calls and doing their due diligence. Listening to other teams, in other words, as opposed to shopping the former All-Star center.
Rumblings of Boston interest have been forcefully shot down by sources familiar with the Celtics’ thinking, but the situation bears monitoring … and not simply because the Celts could ultimately decide that a big in-season move is wisest in the event they can’t create as much cap space next summer as they once hoped.
Mike Mazzeo: #Nets coach Kenny Atkinson continues to mention leadership with Brook Lopez and wanting him to be a leader. Definitely a focus.
Nets Daily: I’m going with what GM said which is 1) he sees Brook Lopez as a building block and 2) he’s not looking to trade him. GM said things could change but he and coach volunteered how much they like Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.
In an interview with Chris Mannix of NBC Sports Friday, Kenny Atkinson lavished praise on his center, calling him “absolutely” a building block with the Nets going forward … admitted there are areas, particularly on defense where he could be “a little better.”
Andy Vasquez: Thaddeus Young: “I’ve been told I’ll be here, along with Brook.” #Nets
But Lopez has spoken with new general manager Sean Marks, and will do so again at more length. Lopez, 28, insisted he has no regrets about re-signing with the club, and Marks reassured the star center he plans to use him as a building block, not a trade chip. “He has talked to me, and we both definitely want to be here and see things happen here and help the team grow going forward,’’ said Lopez, who spoke with Marks before last Tuesday’s game in Orlando and was told he would be shut down for the rest of the season.
BKnets: Has Brook Lopez really been made available AGAIN!? Like reports have suggested? – Steve Kyler: Was told Nets listening to everything but new GM shapes the team unless its a landslide deal.
The Nets are still on the process of hiring a general manager and yet several league executives claim that the club is willing to deal Brook Lopez and/or Thaddeus Young.
Howard Beck: A note on Nets GM search: Prokhorov, I’m told, has made clear he is absolutely opposed to a roster teardown. He wants to keep Brook Lopez / Thaddeus Young. Rather than rebuild, Prokhorov is convinced Nets can keep Lopez/Young, sign free agents in July and quickly get back in playoff chase.
Howard Beck: I’ll add this, re Nets: Most GMs/scouts I’ve surveyed in recent weeks have agreed: Best bet is auction off Brook Lopez / Thaddeus Young and restock with youth.
Howard Beck: Prokhorov seems to be following same playbook he’s had since he arrived: Spend your way to success, focus on the now instead of long term. Needless to say, I’m skeptical that playbook has any chance of working. But maybe Nets get lucky in free agency this summer.
The Nets are in the midst of another disappointing season, certainly far from what Lopez envisioned when he re-signed. But the 27-year-old doesn’t regret his decision. “No, no, no. I’m happy to be here,” Lopez said Thursday at the team’s practice facility. “Time and time again I’ve said I wanted to see something built here, I see a special opportunity, a great situation to be in.”
Add the right pieces and the Nets could be a good team next season. And Lopez said that matters more than anything. “At the end of the day, it’s about winning, regardless of where you are,” Lopez said. “Whether we’re luring free agents or want people to stay or whatever it is, you’ve got to be able to show them that there’s opportunities here for that. We have to have the right product on the court.”
Whatever direction Brooklyn headed, Lopez was ready for it. He just had one request: Cool it with all the trade talk. “We asked them to temper those ideas,” Lopez said. “We told them to pump the brakes a little.” And the Nets response? “They said they would, but it’s a business,” Lopez said. “It’s the way it is sometimes.”
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The team has lost three games in a row, six of their last seven and appeared lifeless, again, Friday in a 115-87 blowout loss to the Orlando Magic. Van Gundy chose not to address his team after. “I mean, his message is to win,” Pistons forward Tobias Harris said. “So, to be honest, if that’s not getting through — that’s an issue. Coach wants to win. We all to want to win. But if that message isn’t getting through, especially with the position we’re at right now and what’s at stake, I mean, it’s disappointing.”
Asked Wednesday after a blowout loss at Chicago, Van Gundy said he was unsure whether players had stopped listening to him. Then Friday, when asked if his players had given up, he replied: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask them.”
“Everybody’s really, really frustrated,” Van Gundy said. “We’re struggling with the mental part of it right now. We’re just trying to free up their minds a little bit, and get them to playing basketball, and enjoy playing basketball again.”
“The energy has been zapped. … The frustration of not playing well – of the ball not going in the basket, of taking some losses and things like that – can get you to lose your energy. Lose your intensity. Lose your fight a little bit, and that’s what we’ve been going through.”