Nets Re-Sign Center Brook Lopez To Four-Year, $60 Million Max Deal!
Unable to work a deal for prized Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard, the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a four-year, $60 million max deal with current center Brook Lopez. Effectively ending the teams pursuit of Howard to since Lopez can’t be traded until Jan. 15.
The 24-year-old Lopez isn’t a bad alternative either though as Nets general manager Billy King put it best in saying, “Brook Lopez is one of the top young centers in the NBA. We have witnessed his growth as a player over the past four years, and are very pleased that he will remain in a Nets uniform as we begin our new era in Brooklyn.”
Lopez averaged 19.2 points per game in just five games last season, where he was limited to five games because of injuries. He has averaged 17.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds over his career and appeared in all 82 games in each of his first three seasons, till the injury bug hit him this past season.
With Lopez signing that about almost completes what has already been a busy offseason for the Nets, who have also re-signed Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace, while also acquiring All-Star guard Joe Johnson and veteran forward Reggie Evans, as well as signing promising Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic. With Evans, who was acquired today giving the team a rugged rebounder and tough player they need coming off the bench in the front court. Also helping give the team a pretty good core that they hope can make some noise in the teams first season in Brooklyn.
Some info from The Associated Press was used in this article.