NBA Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Unlikely to Get Equal Value If They Decided to Move Brook Lopez
The Brooklyn Nets were the first team to be officially eliminated from the playoffs after a dismal season. The team will have a hard time rebuilding this summer with two late first round picks, but they could always trade Brook Lopez for a couple of assets
However, the Nets are unlikely to get equal value if they trade Lopez this offseason. According to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, Brooklyn will not get a fair deal offer for Lopez this summer because of multiple reasons like every NBA team already have a center, his injury history and the fact that he is going to be a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season.
"Surplus of big men will make it tough for the Nets to move Lopez and get equal value for him in return. And, with Lopez actually being the rare player who wants to stay with the Nets, unless Brooklyn can get a significant return in a trade, it's hard to justify moving him at a discount just for the sake of doing so," Bontemps noted.
The Nets have attempted to trade Lopez since the 2011-12 season when they tried to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orland Magic. Lopez's foot problems made it more difficult to trade him in the next couple of seasons before finally becoming healthy in the past two years.
In this year's trade deadline, the Nets wanted two first round picks for Lopez at first before lowering their asking price to a first-round and second-round pick, per FanSided. However, no deal was made and the Nets decided to retain Lopez at least until this summer.
BrLopez has spent his entire career with the Nets and he is open to finishing his career with the team despite the hardships since he was drafted 10th overall in 2008. He is already one of the best players in the franchise's history and he is only 261 points away from becoming the team's leader in points.
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