NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 03: Brook Lopez #11 and Travis Outlaw #21 of the New Jersey Nets battles for a rebound against James Jones #22 of the Miami Heat at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.The Heat defeated the Nets 108-94.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Nets' urgency reached a peak on Wednesday afternoon, as two teams with cap space (the Bobcats and Blazers) prepared max offer sheets for restricted free agent Brook Lopez, according to Marc Stein. The Nets would match an offer sheet, but if Lopez signs one, he can't be used in a sign-and-trade deal for Dwight Howard.
"To keep alive chances to get Howard, Billy King can't let Lopez sign sheet," Wojnarowski adds. "Nor can he let him walk if Nets don't get DH. Has to pay Lopez."
- Nets near deal with Brook Lopez, time running out for Dwight Howard trade - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Nets Balancing Lopez Future With Pursuit of Howard - Howard Beck - New York Times
- The race to sign ... Brook Lopez? - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
- Nets push for resolution to Dwight Howard trade talks - Sam Amick - SI.com