Storyline: Brook Lopez Trade

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How tough was it to pull the trigger on the Brook Lopez trade? What were the emotions like? Kenny Atkinson: “Very hard. Very hard. Very hard. I thought Brook bought in 100 percent. That’s hard with a guy who’s had I don’t know how many different coaches. He embraced our culture. He was a pleasure to be around every day. That was probably the hardest decision that I’ve made being a head coach. And that’s part of being a head coach. It’s not just coaching these darn games.

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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.”

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.

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.”

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.”

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.
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