Oct 20, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT
In a move that should surprise exactly nobody, the New Jersey Nets have picked up their options on third-year center Brook Lopez and sophomore swingman Terrence Williams.
The Lopez move was beyond a no-brainer: the 22-year old Stanford product has already established himself as one of the best young centers in basketball, and is reportedly the only Net whom the team has made “untouchable” in their Carmelo Anthony discussions. Lopez is now set to make $3 million over the course of the 2011-12 season, which will make him one of the best bargains in basketball. Lopez averaged 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game last season.
Williams had an up-and-down rookie campaign, averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on only 40.1% shooting from the floor, but he’s still very young and talented, and nobody really expected the Nets to let him go instead of picking up his option. Williams is averaging 13.4 points per game on 45.1% shooting this pre-season.
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