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Reports: Nets reach deal with Brook Lopez

Jul 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Brook Lopez AP

Brook Lopez is going to be the starting center opening up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, not playing in Orlando next fall.

But don’t think the Nets chasing of Dwight Howard is over just yet.

The Nets have reached an agreement with Brook Lopez, according to multiple reports (Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News was first). It is a four-year, $61 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Lopez was the centerpiece of the Nets efforts to trade for Howard. By signing him themselves, the Nets cannot trade him until Jan. 15. But they can after that. If Lopez had signed an offer sheet with Portland or Charlotte (two teams rumored to be interested) and the Nets had matched then the Nets could not have traded him for a year.

The Nets will try and rejoin the Howard trade talks if the center is still on the Magic roster come Jan. 15. But now there is a window for the Rockets, Lakers or some other team to try and get in and take Howard.

The Magic have suspended trade talks for Howard as they try to reassess where things stand and what they can get for the superstar.

  1. scalfor3 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    15 mil a year for lopez? woof

  2. lmoneyfresh - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    So max deals go out to just about anybody now eh?

  3. tibbs7 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    How is that contract going to help them trade for Howard?

    • doctorfootball - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      It’s not supposed to help the Nets get Howard. It was done to keep Lopez from signing elsewhere. The Bobcats and Blazers were reportedly going to offer Lopez a 4 year max contract.

  4. adzs - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Wooow the Nets must just love having big contracts lool…if i’m the magic that contract alone turns me off of a potential trade with Brook as the main piece coming in; If you’re looking to rebuild you don’t trade your star for an hugely overpaid (but nonetheless skilled) big man who can’t rebound lool

  5. dgbk - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Makes sense why the nets did this the whole trade in a year thing but What are the magic doing? Other than trying to have a horrible season and get nerlen noels or shabazz muhammad next draft. I doubt Dwight will change his mind so they will have a disgruntled Dwight for half a season until he can go to Brooklyn. He said before he dont want to follow in shaqs footsteps I doubt he lost his ego and will go to LA now. Houston, ATL team x will all be renting him, he is going to stick to his guns until he is traded to the nets.

  6. trevormcnamara - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I honestly am fine with not getting howard. A lineup of williams,johnson,wallace,humphries, and lopez with teletovic, brooks, possibly green, evans, stackhouse, damion james and taylor is better than people think due to so much depth at every position. Even though a big 3 of williams,howard, and johnson with wallace is top 4, i think the nets can get top 4 because of the bulls not having rose and deng, celtics hopefully showing their age, along with hawks and orlando rebuilding, depending on how much better johnson is with an elite point guard, how good teletovic and taylor turn to be out, how many injuries there will be to the starters, and wether brooks and green take a step forward or back. Even though there are a lot of questions, the nets look like they are gonna have a very good start to brooklyn.

    • berto55 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      My Bulls are garbage unfortunately, so I agree, with the top 4 sentiment. Personally I doubt Rose will ever be dominant again and even if he were, the team’s as constructed now isn’t a championship contender. As a Bulls fan I can tell you depth is great in the regular season, not so much come playoff time. The Nets, like the Bulls will be a good regular season team and bounced early in the playoffs.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        There’s a big difference between not being a championship contender and being garbage. I think you’re overstating the Bulls’ fall from grace.

      • jroc1905 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        Well my bulls are far from garbage and they are doing the things that are needed to bring in the talent to get over the hill and into the finals. No watson , no brewer and no Korver. I see them trading Asik down the road eventually. However a fall from grace they will not , especially if we steal this Gerald Green from the nets.

  7. lookitsgreen - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    woww the lockout was really for nothing… owners even more max-deal/ overpaying happy now!

  8. censoredpost - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Mr Lopez should send flowers and a thank you card to D. Howard and the Magic. The mere mention of him as value in a deal for Howard made him millions of extra dollars, let alone a contract year of it.Yes, yes, Candy, Flowers, some sweet nothings in the ear over the angry roar of the Orlando home fans next time you venture to his ” turf” . Something nice…

    • therealhtj - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Dude should straight up send 10% his way.

  9. pxeeks - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Dumb signing. The nba gm’s r dopes.

  10. raidmagic - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Holy crap that’s alot of money for that guy…

  11. ch8878 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    The Nets can take there garbage and shove it were the sun don’t shine.

    The Nets have the same garbage team they had last year plus the worst contract in the NBA of an washed up player, lol they will be back in the bottom of the league with the highest payroll in the NBA.

  12. mlblogsbig3bosox - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    We live in a world where Brook Lopez and Kevin Love make the same money and Joe Johnson makes more than Lebron, Wade and Bosh.

  13. giantssb42champs - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    …and Jeff Green makes 10 sticks a year.

  14. tannethrill - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Not sure what the Magic are thinking or waiting for. I think the Nets may have created some integrity here for future dealings at the expense of leaving the window open a little longer. Could be the right call if the Magic are just looking to wait until the last minute regardless.

    Sometimes you need to take something away from someone in order for them to want it. For the Nets sake let’s hope Lopez stays healthy.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      …and Dwight doesn’t.

  15. rushbacker - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    That seals it. Howard will be a Laker, sooner or later.

  16. kast2l - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Nets fan here… and everyone keeps talkin about over paying Brook Lopez… I forgot that the NBA was flooded with NBA quality bigs. Hibbert just got payed a max deal… is he a max player? Exactly….

  17. iamhoraceknight - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    NBA Lockout in T minus 4 Years

  18. chadinkc30 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    90% likelihood Howard will be a Laker

  19. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    OMG LOL LOOOOOOOL WTF!!!!!!!

  20. BigBeachBall - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Howard wants to play in the new arena in brooklyn with his bed buddy deron… let the baby have his bottle… when he’s 36 and ringless he’ll be begging jim buss for an opportunity to come off the bench as a laker….

  21. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH, DEANDRE JORDAN!!!!!
    -Signed, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, Omer Asik xoxoxoxo

    Somewhere in Denver JaVale McGee is licking his chops with a sinister grin while rubbing his palms together saying, “Yes, yes…yesssss…Mwahahahaha! Perrrrrfect!”

    In other notes, expect to see MIN’s Nikola Pekovic have a monster year this upcoming season in his contract year to get him some of this “Center” money that’s being handed out like Halloween candy.

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