Brook Lopez is entering the last year of his contract, and Milwaukee can extend him for four additional seasons and up to $74.7 million (a starting salary of $16.7 million in the first year). The veteran missed 69 games this season recovering from back surgery. Lopez continues to be a presence on the defensive end. Per Second Spectrum, he allowed opponents to shoot 48.8% in the restricted area when contesting shots as the closest defender over the past two seasons. That is the second lowest behind Jaren Jackson Jr. The projection for Lopez on an extension is two years, $20 million.
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Brook Lopez will also be extension-eligible throughout the season for up to four years, $74.8 million. He remained a force for their defensive foundation even after coming back from mid-season back surgery. The Bucks will need to keep him long-term as well if they’re going to maximize their window of contention over the next few seasons.
Malika Andrews: Milwaukee has formalized the re-signing of Brook Lopez. GM Jon Horst, per the press release, said that Lopez was a “focus” to re-sign: pic.twitter.com/Hg1dPM88im
Milwaukee had $13.2M in available cap space before free agency began. Lopez contract could start at $12.1M and still leave the team with $2M in room to sign a player to a 2+ year contract. Bird rights allows Milwaukee to exceed the cap to sign Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon. Milwaukee will still have the $4.8M room exception available.
The Kings are interested in adding a center this offseason, and there’s space for them to do it even with re-signing Harrison Barnes. It would require them to move on from Willie Cauley-Stein, who wants that anyway, as his agent has asked the Kings to let him go. They’d potentially have the room to make an aggressive offer to Horford, but they have a number of the top centers on their list, sources said. In addition to Horford, the Kings could chase Brook Lopez and Nikola Vucevic. Lopez played for coach Luke Walton with the Lakers.
Lopez was a defensive anchor for the Bucks last season and a valued floor spacer offensively. Both sides are motivated to get a deal done, per source. And in moving Snell, Milwaukee may have freed up enough money to do it.
Brian Windhorst: “The Lakers, I think, are sniffing around [Lopez]. I think the Lakers need perimeter players. I think they’re going to have to use their money on perimeter players. I know DeAndre Jordan is a guy on the Lakers’ radar that they’re hoping they may able to get for relatively cheap because he wants to be back in L.A., but that’s another story for down the line.”
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.
Jordan Schultz: #Bucks are signing Brook Lopez, per source.
Chris Haynes: Sources: Lopez agrees to a one-year deal at the bi-annual exception.
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.
Stefan Bondy: Source: Brook Lopez has opted out of his contract.
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When the two-time NBA Finals MVP made it known he wanted to be traded out of Brooklyn, expected business quickly fell by the wayside as teams tried to reposition themselves to at least make an offer. According to a source, the Bulls were a part of those phone calls, despite Durant reportedly having the Heat and Suns among his desired destinations — and despite the reality that the Bulls don’t have the type of high-profile player or quality of draft picks the Nets were looking for in a trade package.
Phoenix has the kinds of players who might make this a win-win for all involved — namely, Suns small forward Mikal Bridges and restricted free agent center DeAndre Ayton. In the days before Irving’s choice to opt-in, sources close to Ayton had raised this possibility of an Ayton-Bridges deal being very much on their radar. At that time, however, it was unclear whether Durant was going to ask out.
Beck: I asked a well-connected NBA source which teams, other than the increasingly desperate Lakers, would be willing to acquire Irving. His answer: “None.” I think I agree. The league has seen Irving wreak a lot of havoc over the last five years, from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn. It’s left an impression. But the Lakers badly need another scorer/playmaker next to LeBron and AD, and Irving is an infinitely better fit than Russell Westbrook.