New Jersey Nets Not Offering a Contract Extension to Brook Lopez?
According to Nets GM Billy King, there doesn’t seem to be any great enthusiam to re-sign Brook Lopez, and the team could let their center become a restricted free agent next summer. From the Star-Ledger: “Nets general manager Billy King indicated he does not intend to offer injured center Brook Lopez a contract extension by the Jan. 25 deadline, meaning Lopez most likely will be allowed to become a restricted free agent this summer. ‘I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with (Lopez’s agent) Arn Tellem,’ King said. ‘But I don’t know if we’ll do anything with him at this time. I think you’ve got to wait. Injury-wise, we know he’s going to come back from that, but … they may throw a number at you that makes sense.’ King, who talked before training camp started about wanting to work on an extension for Lopez, admitted the broken bone in Lopez’s foot has changed his thinking. ‘Yeah, obviously, the injury has had an impact on it,’ he said. Lopez had surgery Dec. 23 to repair the broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The team said at that time he would be out 6 to 8 weeks.”