FILE - JULY 12, 2012: According to reports July, 12, 2012, the Brooklyn Nets have signed center Brook Lopez. .. ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets reacts after being called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Dwightmare is over (again) and now with Brook Lopez signed to a four year, $61 million deal, the Nets attention is turning to the center they have, not the center they want(ed).
"I expected big things from him last year," Deron Williams said Saturday after Team USA practice."Unfortunately, the injury bug got him. This year I know he’s working out hard, he’s ready to go and we definitely expect him to be a big force for our team. We need him in the middle."
Billy King, who apologized to Lopez for the trade rumors before signing him, said he made sure Lopez knows where the Nets stand with him. "That’s what I said [to him]: ‘You’re the starting center for the Brooklyn Nets and you’re opening the building.’ "