According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Brooklyn Nets want two first-round picks in exchange for former All-Star center Brook Lopez. Continue for updates.
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Even since Billy King executed the trade in 2013 that sent four draft picks (three outright, one where Boston can swap) to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Nets haven’t been able to recoup. Lopez has been through all the bad years, and they’re just now starting to embrace the rebuild by bringing on a new coach, Kenny Atkinson, and GM, Sean Marks.
Lopez is, undoubtedly, their most tradeable asset. His numbers have dipped a bit, 19.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, but the coaching staff has been monitoring his minutes closely, and he’s suiting up for less than 30 a night; per 36, Lopez is averaging 24.6 points.
Despite the reduced role, Brook is still Brookyln’s go-to guy and has done an excellent job expanding his offense. In addition to his post game, he’s added a surprisingly accurate three-point shot and is nailing almost two threes a night at a 36 percent clip. He’s also averaging a career-best 2.6 assists since the Nets’ offense is much more motion-heavy, and he’s still a solid rim protector who has swatted 54 shots in 32 games.
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There’s no doubt that Lopez can be the complimentary piece to a team who already has a set superstar. He’s been a consistent option for the Nets, but their best years came when Lopez had weapons around him, and no one knows how long it’ll be until they return to that form.
He’s still young, just 28-years-old, and those foot issues haven’t been much of a concern thus far.
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