In an interview with Comcast Sports Net Friday, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix says the Nets offered Mirza Teletovic as a centerpiece in their offer for Rajon Rondo. League sources confirmed to NetsDaily that the Nets indeed made a bid for Rondo, but said that Teletovic was not offered. Rondo ultimately went to Dallas in a multi-player deal.
In discussing the Nets desire to dump some of their big contracts, Mannix said of the Celtics, "when they talked to Brooklyn about Rondo, they talked about Mirza Teletovic and some of the younger pieces there." Not so, say league sources. Instead, the Nets and Celtics discussed Brook Lopez and Deron Williams.
Mannix suggested the Celtics take a look at acquiring the Nets center.
"There's no evidence they're looking into him," Mannix told Kyle Draper before Brooklyn played in Boston on Friday afternoon. "If I'm Boston, I'd do my homework on Brook Lopez. He's in his mid-20s. He's a guy who's a pure center, who has been an All-Star. He makes some decent money but, if you're rebuilding a team, a guy like that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to start with."
- Mannix: Celtics should do homework on Brook Lopez (Video) - Kyle Draper - Comcast Sports Net
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