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Chris Mannix has previously reported the Nets will offer Brook Lopez between $8 - $10 million a year later this week. Now, he reports, again via Twitter, that the team is willing to do what's necessary to keep him.
"Several league execs believe Indiana and Brooklyn will match any offers for Roy Hibbert/Brook Lopez, respectively," tweets Mannix. Such comments are meant to scare off prospective bidders. Under the new CBA, teams with enough cap space can present a restricted free agent like Lopez with an offer sheet. The Nets would have three days to match. However, during that period, the money offered the RFA cannot be used to sign anyone else.