NBA Trade Rumors: Brook Lopez On His Way Out Of Brooklyn Nets?
Rumors have been afloat about the possible departure of Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets after eight years with the team.
The 28-year-old big man was the tenth overall pick by the then New Jersey Nets during the 2008 NBA Draft. He has since picked up a number of accomplishments, including being a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team in 2009, as well as being a part of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2013.
Lopez has continued to put on notable performances per season. Last year, he averaged 20.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 51.1 percent field goal shooting. And as the new season approaches, Lopez is currently working on his new role in the team, with the entry of marquee guard Jeremy Lin, as head coach Kenny Atkinson had designed a pick-and-roll combo for the two men.
For his part, Lopez says that while the new system has its mini lapses, he expects things to run smoothly when the season finally kicks in. He is confident that their team will peak at the right time in the upcoming season.
"I think the process will definitely continue over the regular season as well. We have so many new guys, new faces that we are getting to know each other and know the system. We are learning on the fly, but we have lots of intelligent, smart and selfless guys in here, so, we are picking it up quick," Lopez said via Newsday.com.
While Lopez seems set on bringing the Nets to new heights this season, there have been continuous murmurs about him leaving the team. According to a column written by Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, the main reason could be very basic, money. As Favale had pointed out, other teams may offer bigger money that Lopez's $43.8 million for two more seasons with the team.
"Plenty of suitors will come out of the woodwork if the Nets decide a mid-end first-rounder and financial place holders hold more long-term value," an excerpt from Favale's article reads.
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