Here's a list of reasons why we should keep Lopez. Feel free to comment and debate.
1) He's 22 years old. Why are we in such a hurry to expect superstar ability from this kid?
2) Centers don't grow on trees. There are many teams in the NBA that literally use trees as their centers. Why trade a developing young center away?
3) He makes $2.5 mill this year, still has another year on his rookie contract, and will be a restricted agent in two years. Why are we treating him like Keith Van Horn, a guy that should never have been given a max contract for underachieving?
4) He has put solid career numbers so far. Compare him to the rest of the NBA, he's definitely a top 10 center in the league.
5) He's a viable second scoring option NOW. What justification do we have to label him a franchise player? He doesn't make the money of a franchise player? He doesn't put up the numbers of a franchise player? Just because Yormark puts his face on some posters, the media puts the franchise label on him, and some fans act like he's the best player in the league doesn't mean he has to be LeBron James. If we're trying to get Melo, what makes you think the Nets aren't just ok with him being the #2 option which he is very capable of doing NOW?
Honestly, some of us are really expecting too much right now and I really don't understand why. Also, some of the things on Kittles30's post are things a young player is expected to develop over time.