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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 11:35 am  |  15 responses

Brook Lopez Disappointed the Nets Didn’t Re-Sign Him


The Nets’ decision not to extend a contract offer to center Brook Lopez didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who had paid even a modicum of attention, but Lopez let it be known that he was hurt by the team’s decision (which largely hinges on their pursuit of Dwight Howard.) Per the NY Post: “Brook Lopez would have preferred to be involved in any discussions that led to the Nets’ decision not to extend his contract. ‘It does include me,’ Lopez said with a shrug after the Nets made official yesterday what they had indicated for some time — they did not extend the fourth-season center while also not picking up the third year option on Damion James, moves intended to keep as much cap space as possible for a free agent run at Dwight Howard. ‘I understand it I suppose from a business standpoint,’ Lopez said before the Nets’ 97-90 overtime victory over the 76ers last night. ‘But yeah, I think it’s disappointing because I’d like to be here.’ Lopez and James are recovering from right foot surgery. Lopez broke his foot in preseason, James on Tuesday underwent surgery for the replacement of a screw inserted when he broke the foot last year. So injuries and cap space flexibility played a key role. Lopez will become a restricted free agent. James will be unrestricted. ‘We’re not going to do anything with either one of them. The injuries played a part. That played a big part of it. And it was for the flexibility, too,’ general manager Billy King said earlier in the day. ‘I just think at the time, the flexibility, the injury I’d rather look at doing it [Lopez] this summer. … We’ve got first right of refusal. I’m sure [agent] Arn [Tellem] and I will talk very quickly July 1.’”

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  • cinquet

    Mistake

  • RunNGun

    Not just a mistake… A BIG MISTAKE! One of the many free agent centers this summer aside from Roy Hibbert to look forward to.

  • LP

    some of these guys are RESTRICTED free agents….that means they will probably be back….especially Brook, if they dont get Dwight…

  • wiltmj1323

    Legit centres are a rarity in the league, especially one’s with his numbers, injury or no injury there gonna regret it especially when dwight doesn’t go there.

  • 23

    brook to S.A.????? probably not…

  • AD

    it all depends on dwight……. But wouldnt it be awesome if brook and dwight were teamates?

  • RunNGun

    AD: They both play center and their skills overlap, not complement each other.

  • baller23

    Brook is injury prome!

  • AD

    @runNgun brook can shoot tho

  • Ldub

    Problem is Lopez admitted he was lazy last year on the boards. Started strong but got injured. Nets of course are looking to pull DH, otherwise DWill is out too. Does Lopez become a restricted or unrestricted FA aftr this season? The CBA is messing up all the teams and their mulah. Problem is, even obtaining Dwight to the Nets with DWill there, doesnt make them a contender. It makes them a favorite but they are going to need the 2-4 spots to be half way decent. And not basic bench players for other teams.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Nets disappointed 2012 Brook Lopez is worse than 2008 Brook Lopez.

  • Ldub

    According to “sources” (always wanted to start a sentence like that)…Nets are looking to bring DH to Nets next season (no trade). Dwill, Lopez at 4 and DH at 5! Not signing Lopez frees up cap of about 16mil…they would need another 2 mil to give DH the max contract, which would come back not signing one of the lesser players like Farmar. Also they would be able to match any offer made to Lopez by another team because they would be retaining their own player. I guess its a game of #s. Hope this DOES not work. Even though I am not a laker fan…I would love to see dwill and dwight run with kb in LA! (since they werent able to get cp3)

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Come and play in PHX with your brother!

  • Mike From Spain

    Brook to the T-Wolves…

  • http://slamonline.com BALLEROFTHEYEAR

    @RunNGUN Their skills dont overlap one bit. Except for the fact that they’re both centers, they dont have much in common. Brook is a mediocre rebounder, a terrible defender, and an ok shotblocker. His offensive game is pretty polished though, I’ll give him that.

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