Jan 19, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
Brook Lopez will not.
That’s what Nets GM Billy King told ESPNNewYork.com.
“I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with his agent [Arn Tellem],” King told reporters before Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. “But I don’t know if we’ll do anything with him at this point. I think you just have to wait. They may throw a number at you that makes sense.”
This is the smart move — let the market set the price for Lopez. Without an extension he becomes a restricted free agent that other teams can bid on but the Nets will have the rights to match. Big men come at a premium — the Clippers D’Andre Jordan got a $10 million a year offer from the Warriors this summer, which the Clips matched — but Lopez is not a max guy. He can score and is solid, this way you see what the market is for him and then can decide if that is a fair price.
It is possible that Tellem comes in with a reasonable offer that the Nets agree to. It’s also possible Sarah Palin comes out in support of gay marriage. About the same odds.
Lopez remains out right now with a fracture of a bone in his foot. Also, he remains at the heart of the Nets offer for Dwight Howard, however it is rumored Howard is less interested in a trade to the Nets this season as the team will not make the playoffs.
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