In his ninth year as a Net —the last surviving New Jersey Net, among other distinctions, Brook Lopez is used to trade rumors this time of the year. It’s two weeks and one day before the trade deadline.
“I’ve talked to [my agent]. But it’s something I’m used to by now. It wouldn’t be comfortable without it,’’ said Lopez. “I haven’t heard anything. I’m all right. If it were pressing or something was happening, I’d be aware.”
It has been an article of faith that Sean Marks will try to trade the 28-year-old for first round picks to replenish the cupboard wiped clean by the previous regime. According to various reports, the asking price for Lopez is two first rounders, one in this year’s lottery and another future first rounder, preferably in 2018, when the Nets don’t have a pick in the first or second round as of now.
“Yeah, I realize there’s a possibility of both things. I’ve said what I’d prefer. They’re going to make their decision, but I would hope that I’d be informed, and I have the confidence they would inform me if they were thinking [of doing] something or something was going down.”
It hasn’t always been that way. Lopez’s name was key to Nets attempts to get Carmelo Anthony from Denver; Dwight Howard from Orlando and Reggie Jackson from Oklahoma City. The latter two came within hours of getting done —in one case, he was told to get off the team bus. But nothing happened.
Lopez, as always, wants to stay, wants to see the rebuild through.
“I’ve consistently said I want to see nothing but good things here and I’d love to be a part of that. It’s the one team I’ve played for, the one team I’ve known. I want to see great things happen here and I’d love to be a part of that foundation and that growth. … That said, obviously I only can control what I can control: There are other variables out there.”
Lopez, of course, isn’t the only player whose name has been run through the rumor mill. Bojan Bogdanovic, a restricted free agent in July, is also a candidate. It doesn’t bother him, he told writers.
“I don’t read those rumors,” said Bogdanovic, who hasn’t discussed trade talk with Marks. “What happens is going to happen. There is nothing that I can do with that . . . I’m not thinking about it honestly, not even one percent.”
How real are the rumors? There is NO indication the Nets are “actively” shopping the two, to use the term of art, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. Trade talks have a tendency to heighten during the All-Star break.
So, we wait.
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