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May 26, 2015 Updates

Disney and the NBA are teaming up to make three special episodes featuring the funniest moments by top NBA players on and off the court. Disney ... NBA ... Who better to represent than the Lopez brothers? Brothers Robin and Brook Lopez will team up with Disney stars Cameron Boyce and Jacob Bertrand in hosting the three-day special episodes "NBA Slam Funk!" from June 1 to June 3, which will be a "prank themed" feature that coincide with Disney's "Lab Rats," "Kirby Buckets," and "Mighty Med". NetsDaily

The safe assumption is the Nets will make strong offers to both Lopez and Young once they opt out of their current contracts and become free agents July 1. All signs point to Lopez, despite his worrisome injury history, declining his $16.74 million option for next season and heading to the open market after responding to a near-trade to Oklahoma City with a monster second half. Young, despite his status as a longtime King favorite, is likewise believed to be leaning toward bypassing the $10-ish million he is owed for 2015-16 to do the same. ESPN.com

May 12, 2015 Updates

The real points of interest here are center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young. Each has a contract option that they can exercise this summer, allowing them to his free unrestricted agency. But neither case is simple, and there is genuine uncertainty about what either player will do. Lopez’s option is worth $16.8 million, and given his recent history of injury, particularly when it comes to his foot, opting out and netting a big contract as soon as possible is the wise thing to do. But Lopez could come back next year, play out his option, (hopefully) stay healthy and look like an All-Star qtqin, setting him up for an enormous payday in the summer of 2016, when the league’s new TV deal kicks in. Sporting News

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The big blockbusters have not done much for the Nets. So now General Manager Billy King is looking to improve from within. Just don’t rule out another trade. Keeping Brook Lopez is the priority, while moving Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be options if King decides to break up the Nets’ core. “Joe may have summed it up best,” King said Wednesday. “It may be the group, just together — maybe it’s time to maybe split it up, or maybe add to it to help them. So we’ll look to add to complement them, to make them better. Or do you look to maybe move a piece to add some other pieces to it?” New York Times

”Without Brook Lopez, there’s no way we even get to where we go to this year. What you saw in the playoffs, teams are double-teaming, game-planning how to stop him. And so that to me, when you’ve got a guy that can average 20 and is rebounding the basketball and getting double-doubles, there’s not a lot of guys that can do that.” New York Times

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Now the Nets and Lopez are headed toward another chapter. Lopez this summer can opt out of the final year of his contract, worth $16.7 million, and hit the free-agent market. One opposing general manager, who said the prevailing thinking around the league is Lopez stays put and gets a max deal, may have summed it up best. “If he walks, where are they going? They don’t have draft picks. They’re flip-flopping their pick [with Atlanta]. They’re getting the 29th instead of the 15th. For their future, I don’t see how they can lose him,” the GM said. “If Brook wants to stay there, he should be able to get whatever he wants.” New York Post

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