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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  118 responses

Brook Lopez Reportedly Close to Max Deal from Brooklyn Nets


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

For now, the prevailing wisdom around the NBA, appears to be that the proposed Dwight Howard trade to Brooklyn has fallen apart.

There’s now increased chatter of Dwight possibly heading to Los Angeles, as part of another complex three-team deal.

Which opens the door for the Nets to ink restricted free agent center Brook Lopez to a maximum level contract, which reportedly could be finalized today.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

Nets president Billy King and Lopez’s agent, Arn Tellem, are finalizing the length of the deal – four years for $58 million, or five years for $78 million – and ironing out protections on the back end to account for a right foot that Lopez broke twice in the past year, sources said.

As close as the Nets and Lopez are on a deal, several sources wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Lopez still signing an offer sheet with another team for the full four-year, $58 million maximum contract if the final details are unable to be worked out. The Charlotte Bobcats have shown the most interest in signing Lopez to a max sheet, sources said. The Nets would undoubtedly match, but signing the offer sheet would be a way for Lopez to avoid any partial guarantees based on games that the Nets might want in his deal. King is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday to work on completing the deal with Tellem.

It all remains very fluid at this point, with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic’s front-office holding much of the NBA hostage until a decision is finally made.

Should Brook Lopez ink his deal with the Brooklyn Nets, he can’t be part of any trade package until January 15.

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  • thebugg

    What has he done to deserve that much money? It’s ridiculous how overpaid players are these days.

  • ALD

    if Brook lopez can stay healthy, i think the nets can make it to the ECF granted if they play defense like they should.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    So 3 rebounds a game earns you this much money?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    They are paying to much for Lopez, but they have to. Bobcats would give Lopez the key to the city and the stadium if he would come. I think the Nets are playing mind games with the Magic management to get the deal done, this helps out the Lakers if Lopez is signed.

  • Vince

    Ooooh geez. So overpaid, his production doesn’t warrant a max contract. oh and ALD the Nets will make it to the Second Round if they’re lucky, doubt they’ll make much noise this season

  • http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Rebounds.jsp?league=00&season=22010&conf=OVERALL&position=1&splitType=9&qualified=Y&yearsExp=-1&sortOrder=7&splitDD=All%20Teams L Dribble

    The guy is 7ft and gets 8.1 rebounds per 48 minutes (2010/11 last full season). That puts him 29th out of 30 qualifying centers (click my name). Only Ryan Collins is worse. How does that get you max?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    unbelievable, 7 footers and players 35 + r killing it this off season

  • Tyquez foster

    Lopez can ball he stay hurt still young good move….

  • Bravo

    Damn that’s way to much money for him. Oh well nets gon be shit anyways

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The league is a “Player’s Market.” The salaries are driven by television contracts (NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, TNT) instead of attendance or individual production. As long as people keep tuning in, it’s all good.

  • Sheed

    the nets have enough scoring with Dwill and JJ and Wallace… i would much rather have Kris Humphries, someone who can actually rebound the ball…

  • Heals

    I know contracts like these for players like Brook make the lockout seem trivial in retrospect, but these recent signings have more to do with the Luxury Tax and when the harshest penalties go in effect for going over the threshold (Thanks Bucher). The real consequences won’t go into effect until next summer ot the one after that so it’s a sort of “smash and grab” until then…

  • pposse

    was this a part of D Will and Howards masterplan thats ‘been in discussion for years’??

  • Mas

    I think this is the better course of action for the Nets. Keep Lopez and let him play with All Star guards for the first time in his career. He moves well in the paint and has great hands. D-Will and Joe will make him a 20 Point guy easy. On the rebounds Hump will do most of the dirty work and Lopez will clean up after him. Good 5-4 combo. Wallace also grabs a good number of boards. I think Howard would have gutted a good team. Now its a solid and deep team in a regular 82 game season. If you don’t like Brooklyn much Newark will always be here. RIP NJ Nets.

  • Mas

    If rebounds are so damn important can someone name the leading rebounder of the Heat?

  • http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Rebounds.jsp?league=00&season=22010&conf=OVERALL&position=1&splitType=9&qualified=Y&yearsExp=-1&sortOrder=7&splitDD=All%20Teams L Dribble

    ^^^^LeBron James and Chris Bosh – 8 per game.

  • Jer dawG

    Good for him getting Max deal. But off production he stinks. We are looking at another lockout in next few years again. Leading the way are Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert of overpaid and unproductive players. Non superstars.
    The Joe Johnson of this era, before that was Allan Houston. But I’m missing many other bad contracts.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Two harsh realities here – (i) The Nets can’t “play cash” so not signing Lopez may be worse alternative than actually signing him and (ii) The NBA can step on the product 6, 7, 8 times “and still … take the cake.”

  • thor

    Mas@ They rebound as a team

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Dont think Brook is a max deal player, but the lack of quality centers in the league will get a guy like Brook max deal money. Guess D-12 coming to Brooklyn is a dead deal….for now

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    Too much money for Lopez. The nets have a nice lineup now, but I don’t think they have a chance against the Heat without Howard. They are tying up a lot of money to compete for 2nd place in the east.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    For what it’s worth, Jeff Green is about to be paid the same amount as Rajon Rondo. Take that however you want.
    And Brook Lopez scored 38 points in 20% of his games last year. He also only played in 5 games. It’s about perspective.

  • RIGGS

    HE’S NO DWIGHT HOWARD.

  • Ronnie

    Damn…to be tall and marginally talented..

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Most interesting here is the protection against future injuries on his foot. The biggest red flag right now is his fragility cause his other weaknesses can be worked on since he’s young. We’ll see.

  • triyo

    Before Humphries got to the Nets Lopez was putting up 8-9 boards a game, not to mention his offensive game is probably only second to Bynum at the Center position. I dont think hes a max guy, but if Hibbert is getting that then lopez definitely should.

  • FnF

    I think this is more of making the salaries workout for trade purposes. Brook is/was set to make $4M next season while Dwight makes $19M. They can’t trade them straight up so that is why we have all of these other meaningless players thrown around in the trade rumors. Players Brooklyn would have to sign-&-trade. Well if someone doesn’t want to told where they are playing next season, they can throw a wrench into the mega deal. Brook getting a closer salary to Dwight eliminates some of the possible wrenches to this ordeal. Dude was a key component on a TWELVE win team, of course he isn’t a max salary player.

  • LA Huey

    I needed a chuckle this morning. Can’t wait to see Hibbert and Lopez match up this season.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Max deal for Brook Lopez? LLLOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  • triyo

    What if Lopez balls out like Yao did in his 4th year?

  • Ash

    He doesn’t deserve a max deal from either team. Sad.

  • LP

    I’d let lopez go….not a max deal. too much money tied up…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    It’s really a matter of if not him, then who? There’s a shortage of skilled 7 footers in the game, so naturally they’re going to be overpaid. If they can’t get Dwight, he’s clearly thier best option at center. When he’s healthy he’s a beast on offense, plus with Humphries and Wallace, he doesn’t really need to grab 10-12 rebounds per game. He needs to clog the middle on defense and provide post scoring.

  • Gregg

    I guess they drafted Joe Johnson and caught the max-deal bug soon after.

  • Mas

    I see Lopez being a solid center in the L for the next 7 to 10 years. Give him a chance to play with D-Will a full season and then make a call on his game. 7 Ft guy always get paid dumb money: Eddy Curry, Jerome (____) I can’t remember his last name both overpiad by the NYK.
    Now Hibbert is next. Darko. And the list goes on.

  • kobe

    Why are they doing this to themselves. Okay you dont get howard don’t overpay someone just because. They are going to rgret this cause they can get him for so much less and he knows what he’s worth lets not lie here.

  • bike

    Clearly a case of being in the right place at the right time. No one wants to play center anymore.

  • beasting

    no one can play center anymore

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    When Lopez was healthy 2 seasons ago, he was killing it and everyone was talking about how great he could be. If he stays healthy, I think he will be posting monster offensive numbers again. If he gets hurt or the surgeries limit him, than it will look like a bad contract. I will withold my judgement until then.

  • Red

    It seems by today’s standards that if I had of grown a foot taller I would be in the NBA and would be max player too. Wasn’t there a lock out this season past? Half the teams were appearently losing money but today Brook Lopez is a max player? WTF!!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    So I would say the Nets are either calling the Magic’s bluff with Howard or are just totally through with it. Personally I think they can compete with the team they have. Yes Lopez getting 8 boards a game is unacceptable but when healthy he is a good center and a low post presence.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    You guys do realize that Lopez played all 82 games in his first 3 season in the league, right? His PPG average his first 3 seasons were 13.0, 18.8 and 20.4. His RPG for his career are 7.5. Not good but not bad. Lopez is a good player. If he averages 20 pts and 8-9 rebounds a game, that is better than 90% of the big men in the L.

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    Lopez is a good center, I don’t think that’s ever been in question. Maybe some people have never heard much about him, and assume he’s garbage. But Maxxing him out seems crazy – they can’t get rid of him via trade and now they want to max him out?

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    If they keep him Humphries is staying then, right? That’s not a bad front court, especially with their starting perimeter…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    they have to keep Lopez. No matter the cost.
    .
    And Humphries is gone. No way he stays with Brooklyn. Just gotta consider the non-basketball factors involved. And the fact that Brooklyn likely won’t sign him to the 4 year, 36(ish) million dollar deal he’s looking for.

  • AiRsMiTh

    @ Mas. Completely agree with you. I’m not too big on Brook, because I haven’t seen him play too much, but he’s seven feet tall, young, and can score (he scores pretty well, you almost don’t expect it). He doesn’t get enough boards, which has always been a criticim of him, but I think the Nets should be able to rebound well enough as a team. And they have lots of firepower on offense. I think Brooklyn has an interesting team. Could make some noise.

  • http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/david_aldridge/07/09/morning-tip-free-agency/index.html Allenp

    TAD
    Stop using logic and stats. You should know better.
    And his rebounds are bad. No way around it. 7.5 is very bad, particularly for a center. But, rebounding is an effort stat, with some technique. He was a 20 ppg scorer before he started getting hurt. And he was in the conversation for second best center in the League.

  • JL

    Lopez is an elite scoring center (who else scores 20+?). Just Dwight, and nobody will confuse their offensive repertoire. His rebounding however is bad. But could be due to Humpfries grabbing everything and he just doesn’t want to get hurt. He did average 8 a game before Mr. Kardashian showed up, so it’s not super bad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Either way, I still Dwight is in play for the Nets. I think they floated this news to try and call Orlando’s bluff.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    TAD is one of the better commenters SLAM has ever had.

  • bike

    In the land of the blind…
    one eye is king.

  • ALD

    so what would you gm’s pay lopez then?

  • ALD

    and he averages 7.5 for his career.. Ppl act like he’s terrible.

  • O

    What was the point to last year’s lockout again?!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ALD – If I was Brooklyn, I would pay whatever it takes to keep him. Assuming I can’t get Dwight in a trade.

  • beasting

    @nbk lol. I don`t read comments that aren`t fluid.

  • http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/david_aldridge/07/09/morning-tip-free-agency/index.html Allenp

    ALD
    I would pay him the max to keep him in Brooklyn because otherwise they suck.
    But he still rebounds like trash. 7.5 is not acceptable for your starting center. It’s just not.

  • http://Slamonline.com 19821982

    In the land of the blind being king is worthless.

  • LA Huey

    Whatever. They just need to get their roster set so they can reveal their jerseys. I’ve already picked my side in the NBA’s New York rivalry. I wanna see what my boys’ threads look like.

  • toinefan88

    Some wishful thinkers in here. The Nets need to do the Dwight trade or something similarly epic to be contenders for a title. Brook Lopez doesn’t get you that. Decent big but not gonna put you over the top.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If Then Nets team is what we see here: Deron, JJ, Wallace, Lopez *some other guy*.
    AND
    The Knick’s are what we see: Kidd/Lin, Smith, Melo, Amare, Tyson/Camby.
    Who ya’ll think is the better team?
    They seem pretty even to me. Should be a fun Eastern Conference this year also.
    Can’t wait to see these teams next year:
    T-Wolves
    Lakers
    Clippers
    Heat
    Celtics
    Nets
    Cavs
    Wizards
    Warriors
    Sac-Town
    Good stuff this next year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Nets Starting Lineup WILL be (if Dwight doesn’t happen)
    .- Deron Williams
    .- Joe Johnson
    .- Gerald Wallace
    .- Mirza Teletovic
    .- Brook Lopez

  • ALD

    so if rebounded at 8.6 like he did his second year, does he deserve the max deal without the the nets situation?

  • http://Slamonline.com 19821982

    ^^ same here. Yeah, there’s a few bottom of the barrel teams, but I was unabashedly for the “super team” trend. Saturated talent meant a lot of games were unwatchable…

  • anonymous

    BL and Hibbert r both worth max money as of rite now. If either franchise let their respective player walk there would be no way to justify it (unless howard came strollin thru the doors). And didnt BL avg 8.6 boards as a soph? Ya I dont think that even half of these negative commenters have really watched this dude play. BL 58 mil 7.5 rpg or Amare 100 mil 8.8 rpg, which would u rather have? Tough call, I think I’d go with BL just cuz for what he does, Amare is not worth 100 mil in my mind.

  • Sérgio

    Even if the Nets don’t land Dwight, I still think they can be a 3rd seed in the East, only behind Miami and Boston. Atlanta and Orlando will fall dramatically, and I think the Nets are better than Indiana.

  • Sérgio

    Also, the Bulls will be without Rose for most of the year, so I predict them to be a 7th or 8th seed. And I woudn’t be surprised if they stay out of the Playoffs.

  • Heals

    @LS, League Pass is bordering on addiction now. After you get it for one season, it’s incredibly EASY to talk yourself into the season after that and so on until you can’t fathom having a season go by without it. For those without it always remember it’s free the 1st week of the season and 1st week after the all-star break…

  • http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/david_aldridge/07/09/morning-tip-free-agency/index.html Allenp

    Man, the Nets also have Marshon Brooks and Gerald Wallace lurking. And they got Reggie Evans.
    They are already better than the Knicks simply because three or four of their starting five is committed to playing serious defense.
    Deron, Gerald, Joe Johnson and REggie Evans play defense. Brook is passable. The Knicks have more talent, but they have non-defenders playing 1-4.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Oh… pfft. There ain’t no going back to no LP for me haha.
    I NEED those games like I need oxygen lol.

  • eZ

    Yes, the starting line up will be
    Williams
    Johnson
    Wallace
    Evans
    Lopez
    Thats a beasting lineup and can easily challenge any team in the nba. Man Evans is the most underrated signing of this postseason. Can’t believe he was available. If miami had only pursued him, they couldve secured their dynasty for real. Now the’ve gone all in on offense but will remain defensively challenged in the paint.
    Anyways evans game complements lopez nicely, as he plays a bit further away from the basket. Evans makes humpries expendable at probably 1/6 the price. The Teletovic guy sounds like an ideal sixt man, no nba experience, looking to score and not much else.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That won’t be their starting lineup. Mirza Tetovic is the Brooklyn Nets starting 4. Guaranteed. No matter what happens this off-season. And Humphries isn’t “expendable” – he’s just not coming back.

  • eZ

    Nbk, Unless you have a direct line with avery johnson, i will disagree with you. TeleTovic is by all accounts a shoot first not looking to pass offensive player without nba experience. Not a good fit alongside weak rebounding and offensive oriented lopez i would think. But great as a sixt men, scoring of the bench for the second unit. Evans is the perfect complement for lopez. Post banger rebounder, hustle, defense.
    Now if dwight comes over i agree with you.
    Humpries is expendable because his offense is easily replaced by all the new additions. His real value lies in hustle and rebounding, which is something evans does better. …. I think.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t have a direct line to Avery Johnson, but all i’ve been hearing for the last 2 months is that Teletovic will be the starting 4. And he is a better rebounder then you are giving him credit for. Plus, the NBA game fits him better than Europe did. Plus, his “shoot first not lookin to pass” style is just reflective of his role in Europe. Where many regarded him as the best player in the Euro Leagues. In the NBA he will understand his role, he knows coming over that he is no longer the go-to guy.

  • eZ

    But Evans has been working on his 3pt shot and playmaking abilities, so..
    Lol..
    But seriously, if the reports and assumptions you mention all become true, teletovic will be the guy

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not saying i disagree that Evans is a better fit with Lopez. Just what i’m hearing is Teletovic will be starting no matter who the Center next to him is. And Kris Humphries will not return to Brooklyn, sign and trade or not. The whole Jay-Z being best friends with Kanye West who is married to his ex wife Kim K being the main reason he doesn’t want to be there anymore. As tabloidish as that sounds.

  • eZ

    Kris humpries should stay with the nets and start an affair with Beyonce

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    haha that would be awesome.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Ain’t no way. I cannot recall not one Brook Lopez outstanding game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Brook Lopez went for 39-11-4 (on 14 of 20) against Detroit in 2011. That’s outstanding.

  • eZ

    He is an outstanding offensive center, but ryan anderson gets 9 mil a year so lopez wants max.

  • LA Huey

    What are the odds of a 4/5 3/6 match up between Nets and Knicks in 2013 playoffs?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Really high^
    No problem Huey.

  • truthteller

    This could be Brooke Lopez breakout year! it better be with the money they are paying him!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ya’ll hear Kobe saying today’s USA team would beat the Dream Team. Shot’s fired by Bean.

  • LA Huey

    LakeShow, I hope your odds are accurate.
    I saw Mamba’s comments. I’d be disappointed in him if he didn’t.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Kobe said what?! I didn’t see this. Oh lord, he’s going down in flakes

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Flames* fail

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    @NBK. If Teletovic starts at the the 4 we will get killed on the boards. That doesn’t make any sense at all. He practically lives on the perimeter. Career average 4.7 boards per 28 min or so, .405 from three. He should back up Crash at the three spot. Slashing for shooting. We need Hump and Wedgie at the 4. No way Brooklyn can afford running an experiment with an unproven European playing out of position. Stakes are very high.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Have you actually seen him play?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    @lake I looked it up, LOL I love how in turn Ibaka said Spain matches up talent wise with USA.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LOL, yes, all things with a grain of salt.
    You know, I got my money on Dream team, BUT… It’s not by a large margin of victory. In a best of 7 series. I got Dream team in 7…

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Have you watched him jump off 2 feet. He will get abused in the post by a long list of very athletic PF’s.
    Use him to his strengths, keep his confidence up. He’s like a carbon copy of Linas Kleiza with accurate aim, slightly less athleticism.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Naw, he’s not a carbon copy of Linas Kleiza. He’s 6’9 for one. And he plays the 4, for another. If he’s a 4 in Europe, you think he’d be a 3 in the nba? And you think athletic 4′s pose more of a problem than athletic 3′s? Where is the logic behind that idea?

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    You keep hearing well hear this!!!!!!

    Can you name a precedent… coming from the Balkan region, that was 6’10 or less and dominated the PF position. I bet you can’t! Because Croatia basketball doesn’t bother with producing dominant Power Forwards, they produce shooters. You would know that if you had played against 15/16 year old Croatian kids who at 6’8, 6’9, 6’10 and would do nothing but shoot long range despite their height advantage.
    Trust me!

    So here we drafted a SF/PF who possibly is a liability on D and a mediocre defensive rebounder, but can create his own shot and shoots the lights out. We know we have 2 proven beasts on the boards which is all we need since we have scoring covered at the 1,2,3 and 5 spots.

    So we go after Mirza but it’s a hard sell cause he’s the man in Europe and might want to stay. We just signed Wallace to a contract who is a definite starter at SF, so the PF spot is dangled since we don’t have a household name there and told him we’ll pay you X amount and plus you’ll have the starting spot.
    Next day they propose him a reduced contract change(monetary) for the greater good. It seems he’s still on board.

    But according to NBK mysterious sources he’s got the PF locked down and Hump who was the heartbeat of the Franchise these past 2 yrs is getting shipped because the minority owners rhyme buddy who lives in the Chi is humpin his ex.

    Where do you pull this info out off… Mad Magazine. Then you point out that Kleiza is 1 inch shorter than Mirza and therefore not at all the same and dare question my logic.

    I’m not suprised, we’ve been here before.
    Whether your sources are right or wrong the scenario doesn’t make sense.
    What makes sense is him coming of the bench in his first year as a 6th man, behind Wallace since he’s the oldest on the roster (I assume). Lopez needs help down low and Teletovic is not the one who will give it to him. If used as a PF his career in the NBA will be a dud.

    Free gift

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    correction.My references to Croatia are false and should say Yugoslavian basketball and Yugoslavian kids.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He’s not playing the 3. He is not a carbon copy of Kleiza. He’s a less athletic Power Forward who has similar strengths. If Humphries stays (which I am constantly hearing likely won’t happen) then he will not start. But other than that he will. Just because YOU call him a 3 (with whatever dumb logic comes with taking an unathletic player and putting him against the most athletic guys in the league) doesn’t mean anybody else does. Nobody has projected him to play the 3 at the NBA level. Not one person. If he doesn’t start then that’s fine with me. Not saying I think he should, just that I’m hearing he will. And I know he’s not playing the 3, because he’s not athletic enough. Or should I say, he’s not close enough to a Carbon Copy of Linas Kleiza?
    .
    (Popular NBA comparisons, Al Harrington, Brian Cardinal, Ryan Anderson, Brian Scalabrine) – none of which being a small forward. Or Linas Kleiza.

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    Billy King strikes again

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    Nbk v dutchrich. Your both giving 110%.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    And I hope your mysterious sources, which have been telling you SINCE WAY BEFORE THE DRAFT that Teletovic would start for the Nets at the 4 (go figure), are completely wrong as it would be a complete waste of his talents. We are talking about my team here so I have vested interest to make sure this guy is properly used. Both his clip and attempts from 3 are of the charts, top scorer in Europe who wants the ball at clutch moments. We need players that can stretch the floor. He does not need to be playing with his back against the basket in the NBA against the likes of Garnett, Bosh, Love, Griffin, Amare, Gasol etc.
    You find critique in the Kleiza comparison who is THE go to guy on his national team and then compare the top European scorer to the likes of Brian Cardinal and Scalabrine. What’s wrong with you.
    If you’re gonna make comparisons try to make it convincing,

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This isn’t 2002. 4′s now a day are used to stretch the floor as much as they are to play with their back to the basket. It being “your team” means absolutely nothing. If anything, people who speak about “their” team have an opinion that is affected by some kind of bias. My comparisons came from Draft Express – nbadraft – and I believe I saw the Ryan Anderson comp from inside hoops. Draft Express is where the Brian Cardinal/Brian Scalabrine comparison comes from. So before you go bananas trying to critique my comparisons for “not being convincing” maybe double check your not saying something completely ignorant. Unless of course, you think scouts who evaluate talent for a living know less than you, some douchebag who thinks his opinion has any merit in actual reality because it’s “his team” – the difference between my opinion and yours? Mine comes from observation AND professional opinions while yours comes from you being a fan of a team. How often am I wrong about the position a player plays? Have you ever seen me give bad information about what position a guy would play in the league? This is just like the Derrick Williams conversation last season when people argued he’d be Minnesota’s starting SF while I had totry and show them why he was going to play the PF more than anything. Which just liked this conversation, was completely true.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    David Aldridge just said in all likelihood Kris Humphries is not returning to Brooklyn on NbATV, you see that mysterious source? If what I say is relayed 5 hours later on national television it would be smart to believe I am educated on the things I’m talking about….

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    Roll credits. . . .

  • ALD

    Mirza Tetovic is like a poor man’s kevin love from looking at the highlights. He can shoot and put the ball on the floor a little. Hopefully if he makes open shots and rebounds, brook lopez will have every opportunity to dominate.. and if he does, dwill and jj will have fun.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Must be your troll again….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    naw

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    London will show how he performs against NBA elite and whether his offensive skill set is better suited at the SF or PF position. Most NBA experts don’t know this (except Donnie Nelson) so why should I trust you. After all your placenta hasn’t fully dried up yet.
    Draftexpress has him projected at both spots. I know you saw that but I guess it didn’t suit your argument. Or maybe your lacking sleep??? This also can make people less rational. In the mean time I hope we re-sign Hump we need him for his D at the 4 position. David Aldridge is wrong as many times as he is right. Marc Spears too.
    But I’m glad they have you entertained, so they can justify their salaries because You! My friend! are that important.

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good times.. (Adam Corolla voice)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Draft Express has him as a PF at the NBA level, it says Current: PF – NBA:PF – Possible: SF/PF. It says “possible” PF/SF – Possible meaning, it’s possible, but not what he will be playing. Especially right away. Plus, his Pre-Draft Measurement of 6’9″ 240LB’s is from 2006. He’s actually 6’9″ 250-260. He would never be able to play any semblance of big minutes at the 3, especially considering (with that weight) as you’ve said, he’s not very athletic. So you can’t play him at a position that forces him to guard guys like LeBron, Carmelo, Durant, Granger, Pierce, Gay, Iguodala, ect. But you can play him at the 4, and deal with the LESSER mismatch at those positions. Plus, offensively, he would not create a mismatch on anyone at the 3 position. But he would at the 4. Which is why that’s the position he WILL play.
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    London will show you Teletovic playing the 4. Because he can’t play the 3 against NBA players. And if he does play the 3, it will be in a big lineup that features another shooter at the 4, both being used as pseudo 4′s that try and exploit the high pick and roll.
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    I know I am right about Teletovic playing the 4 at the NBA level. Scouts and my observation are much more reliable then you and your opinion. Whether you believe it or not.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    After Tiago Splitter left, Caja Laboral decided to set up Mirza in the post quite a bit. Post-ups accounted for nearly 23% of Mirza’s offense this season and he produced at a good rate (.81 PPP), according to Synergy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The good news for Nets fans is that Mirza’s really not too bad of a defender. The simple fact is he guards the post really well. On 128 post possessions recorded by Synergy, held his opponent to 38.6% shooting and .727 PPP. His defensive post numbers were really good the previous season (’10-11) as well.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Having the option of using Teletovic to attack defenses with the two-man game certainly provides more offensive variety than any four on Brooklyn’s radar, making the burgeoning new-look Nets an interesting offensive team.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In closing. Mirza Teletovic is a 4, who has a chance to play spot minutes as a 3. But he will be a 4, the Nets used the full-mid-level exception in order to get him to provide offensive balance to the PF position. Considering Humphries/Evans complete lack of offensive weapons.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Mirza should not start at the 4. He should be first to come off the bench. The advantage is on offense not on defense. They could play zone for al I care. Never said Mirza wasn’t athletic, re-read my comment. I’m spot on with eZ@3:44 but hope Humphries comes back and starts at the 4. Go Brooklyn!!
    We shall see.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Never argued what he should or shouldn’t do.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    https://twitter.com/sheridanhoops/status/223141489272827906
    Let’s not forget Mirza will be an NBA Rookie playing for a pretty stacked team.
    Just don’t think it’s wise to hand him the starting 4 spot. Can’t find any reports making that claim.
    But once again if what your sources say is true then I think it was promised to convince him to come.

    This Nets team has the talent to win the Atlantic and possible get 3rd or 4th in the East, IMO.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Chris Sheridan is making a career out of being wrong just to let you know. He’s the guy who guaranteed LAC wouldn’t make the playoffs last year. He also tried to tell everyone Deight to Brooklyn was still going to happen when it was obvious Brooklyn didn’t have enough to offer.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    You’re like the Black Night.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKhEw7nD9C4

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