Bobby Marks: Milwaukee could create up to $14M in room and bring back Brook Lopez using cap space. The $22M+ in cap holds of Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton give Milwaukee an advantage when it comes to creating room. It also gives them a buffer when it comes to the tax.
The Bucks have a quandary in the frontcourt with the possibility that big man Brook Lopez was so productive this season that he played himself out of Milwaukee's price range. We'll dust off an old Badger favorite as a possibility to help replace him: former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky was on the outs for most of the season in Charlotte, and according to sources, the Bucks attempted to trade for him at the deadline but were turned down and eventually acquired Nikola Mirotic. As free agency approaches, expect Milwaukee to have Kaminsky as an option again should the Bucks lose Lopez.
Kane Pitman: Brook Lopez: “I’d absolutely love to come back.”
The Bucks likely will pay Middleton. After signing Bledsoe to a four-year, $70 million contract in March, retaining Brogdon would come with a hefty price that could send the Bucks into the luxury tax. Milwaukee also will need to choose among Mirotic, Hill and Lopez. It is unlikely that all three will be retained. Re-signing Lopez, league sources said, is a priority.
Yossi Gozlan: Despite the fit and success with the Bucks, there remains a strong chance that Brook Lopez will leave this summer if a team offers him a contract that significantly exceeds the most they can offer. 2019-20 Salary: Non-bird rights: $4M Taxpayer MLE: $5.7M Nontaxpayer MLE: $9.3M
Bledsoe is one of four Bucks’ starters who figure to be free agents this summer, the others being Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez. Like Bledsoe, the aforementioned trio of Bucks are all bound for pay raises. “It might have happened before but I don’t ever recall a team having four starting players hitting the free agent market in one summer,’’ a longtime NBA executive said. “I don’t know how they’re going to handle this; I know they’re struggling with it, too.’’
Brook Lopez is officially a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. The team announced that it had signed the veteran center to a contract on Tuesday. Lopez, 30, agreed to a one-year, $3,382,000 deal on July 8.
“Brook is a proven NBA center who bolsters our front line with his size and skill set,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a team release. “He has demonstrated the ability to stretch the floor on offense, as well as anchor the defensive end of the court. He’s a great teammate and we know he will be a positive addition to our roster both on and off the court.”
Free-agent center Brook Lopez has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told ESPN. Lopez, 30, will sign a one-year deal for the biannual exception of $3.4 million, the sources said. Milwaukee is expected to pencil in the 10-year veteran as its starting center.
The Brook Lopez signing ($3.4M) now has Milwaukee $15M below the hard cap with restricted free agent Jabari Parker still unsigned. The one-year qualifying offer for Parker is $4.3M. The Bucks do have some flexibility with the non-guaranteed contracts of Brandon Jennings ($2.2M) and Tyler Zeller ($1.9M). Milwaukee has a August 1 cut date with regards to Jennings. The Bucks now have 13 guaranteed contracts.
Matt Velazquez: Source confirms to the @journalsentinel that the Bucks are signing center Brook Lopez. They’ll be using their bi-annual exception to bring him in on a one-year, approximately $3.4 million deal.
Chris Haynes: Free agent center Brook Lopez has reached an agreement with Milwaukee, league sources tell ESPN.
Mike Trudell: Lopez said he could see himself taking less money to stay with a team that was an “absolute contender,” that it would be hard to pass up.
Mike Trudell: Brook Lopez, a free agent, on L.A.: “I love what’s going on here. A great foundation. A lot to be said for continuity as well. I think when we were healthy, we could compete with anyone on any given night. I think it’s a great place to be moving forward for any free agent."
Ryan Ward: Brook Lopez on free agency: "We will see how it goes. I am just going to try to put myself in the best position possible as a player and do what I can to control what I can and control the variables." #Lakers
Ryan Ward: Brook Lopez sets milestone with the 1000th block of his NBA career. He is now one of only eight players, including Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Rasheed Wallace, and Chris Webber, to have 10k points, 4k rebounds, 1k blocks, and 150 three-pointers, according to #Lakers PR
Devin Kharpertian: Nets officially announce signings of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Shane Larkin, Thomas Robinson. Press conference tomorrow at 11 AM.
The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing agreements with free agents Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lopez, 27, will receive a three-year, $60 million maximum contract that includes some protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s past foot issues sideline him again, sources said. The deal is expected to incude a player option after the second season, which would allow him to re-enter free agency once new television money raises the salary cap.
Marc Stein: Fully expect, as @Mike Mazzeo & I reported Monday, that Nets will have verbal agreements w/Brook Lopez & Thaddeus Young not long after midnight
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez will be looking for a new contract this summer after opting out of the final year of his deal worth $17 million, a league source confirmed Friday. But while the former All-Star and the Nets’ longest-tenured player prepares to test the open market next month, his return to Brooklyn appears likely, if not certain.
Mike Mazzeo: All signs point to #Nets ultimately coming to deals with Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, according to sources.
Lopez is likely seeking a three-year, $60 million maximum contract extension, league sources said. The Nets are planning to pay the 7-footer that full market value, although an agreement could include some financial protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s past foot issues sideline him again, sources said. Lopez, 27, could do a deal that includes a player option for the third year, which would allow him to re-enter free agency after the maximum contract salaries elevate with the flow of new television money.
August 8, 2022 | 3:18 am EDT Update
Hoop Central: Paolo’s IG story. ‘Lol unfollowed me on the gram n everything it must be personal huh? That’s fine jus make sure y guard up next time n stop sending doubles family.
“You Tried To Flex That #1 Pick Shit On Me When I Been Rooting For You When You Was A Kid Asking To Rebound For Me @paolo5 Don’t Get On This Internet Saying Nothing… You Changed From The Humble Kid You Always Was And I Stand On Real Shit Boy And YOU KNOW!!!!!!!! You Made It And Changed And I Lost All Respect!!” “ Stay Humble. This Life You In Now Is REAL And Ain’t No Joke!!! I STILL WANNA SEE YOU WIN Cause That’s WHO I AM!!!”
ClutchPoints: “It’s a man’s league. He a little boy, he’s too soft.” Dejounte Murray calls Paolo a “little boy” and “soft” ￼ (via @HomeTeamHoops )
Playmaker: This year’s #1 pick, Paolo Banchero, got schooled by Dejounte Murray at #ZekeEnd @RockyPadila
Harrison Wind: Former Nugget Brandon Goodwin threw a punch at Bones Hyland at a Pro-Am today in Atlanta.
To recall back in 2019, Holmgren became the talk of social media after he crossed Curry and dunked the ball on him. The then-high school big man basically used Steph’s own move on him. Now, he just made it to the NBA, with the Oklahoma City Thunder using their second overall pick on him. Curry couldn’t be any prouder of what several of his camp’s alumni have accomplished, including Holmgren. While he will never forget how Chet embarrassed him, he said it’s “dope” that they are now going to face each other in the big boys’ league. “Chet hit me with my own move, little double behind the back … he finished it differently than I would though, I would have just pulled up from 3, he went to the basket and dunked on another dude. It’s pretty dope that he’s now in the league as the No. 2 pick,” Curry explained, per Bleacher Report.
Maxey thrived in the new role. He averaged 18.7 points and shot 48% from deep playing next to Harden. Now that the two have been able to work out in the summer, the young guard out of Kentucky is ready to build more with The Beard. “It’s gonna be great,” said Maxey at his 1% skills camp on Saturday. “Chemistry is everything. We only played like 20-something games together so for us to be able to have a whole training camp and an entire season together, it’s gonna be nothing but good things for us and a positive outcome.”