Has Brook Lopez's 26 points in 23 minutes changed the Nets thinking on moving him? That's doubtful. The front office has doubts about whether Lopez is a strategic fit for the franchise's future -- and they have Mason Plumlee who after all had a double-double last night.
It may have upped the ante a bit.
Before the game, no one was suggesting a Lopez trade was dead on arrival, just that the Nets didn't like what they were being offered, and there remains dissension in the organization about which way to go, particularly on Lance Stephenson.
Marc Stein noted pre-game that the Nets decision to "stand pat" shocked --and dismayed-- potential trade partners.
ESPN sources say BKN aggressively pushed Brook Lopez three-way talks THU, then hit pause before any substantive talks could take place FRI— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 16, 2015
Hearing clear dismay from teams that had Brrok Lopez trade discussions with Nets after Brooklyn abruptly pulled away from all talks Friday— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 16, 2015
And said Stein, it won't take much for talks to be re-kindled.
Can't see it taking much for Nets to relaunch Brook Lopez discussions with OKC & others. They've gone too far down the path of trading him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 16, 2015
In OKC, there was clear disappointment but hope something gets done, as Royce Young of ESPN's Daily Thunder tweeted.
The Thunder were big on Brook Lopez in the 2008 draft. Room was split a bit between him and Westbrook.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 16, 2015
KD on Lopez rumors: "He's not on our team now. I'm just focused on the guys in our locker room."— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 17, 2015
"Not on our team now?"
The big impediment to the broader deal appears to be a division over Stephenson. Billy King is not a big fan of the troubled but talented Brooklyn native. Others think he's worth the risk ... and see him selling tickets.
The whole Nets organization still isn’t convinced it wants to take the Lance gamble. And a trade with OKC doesn’t give Nets enough.. for now— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) January 16, 2015
Sources say Nets have decided they cannot move forward on any trade until there is more of a consensus in the organization...— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) January 16, 2015
If the Nets trade for Lance Stephenson, that would not be a Billy King approved move.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 16, 2015
Bondy also reported post-game that "everybody on the Nets roster is available except for Mason Plumlee and Kevin Garnett."
So what's next? We might see some discussion about Deron Williams this week as he gets his ribs re-evaluated on Wednesday, the same day the Nets play the Kings, the only team who's apparently interested in taking him on. Or we might see new Lopez rumors. Whether by plan or by chance, the spate of speculation generated additional buzz. So no doubt did his game in Washington.