As the February 23 trade deadline draws near, the Brooklyn Nets have reportedly lowered their asking price for star center Brook Lopez. According to the latest report, the Indiana Pacers, who are actively shopping their 2017 first-round pick, are trying to acquire Lopez from the Nets.
The Nets remain as the worst team in the league with an embarrassing 9-47 win-loss record. Despite their intention to undergo a full-scale rebuild, the Nets don’t have enough assets to speed up the process. They lost most of their first-round picks in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics. For now, the only thing they can do is trade their veterans for young assets and draft picks.
Earlier this month, the Nets were reportedly shopping center Brook Lopez for two first-round picks. Unfortunately, it seems like no team is willing to pay the price for the 28-year-old center. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Brooklyn lowered their asking price for Lopez to a first- and a second-round pick.
With the more reasonable price, some NBA teams may grab the opportunity to acquire Brook Lopez. He’s undeniably a great fit to a team who wants to contend for the title this season. In 51 games, Lopez averaged 20.8 points and 5.2 rebounds on 47 percent shooting from the field and 34.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Brook Lopez to Indiana Pacers
ESPN’s Marc Stein recently cited Hall of Famer Peter Vecsey, reporting that the Indiana Pacers showed interest in acquiring Brook Lopez. The Nets and the Pacers already engaged in a trade deal last summer which involved Thaddeus Young and Caris Levert. It will not be a surprise if they have another deal before the trade deadline.
With their current performance, there is no guarantee that Paul George will sign a massive contract extension with the Pacers next summer. George revealed that he wants to play on a “winning team” and as of now, he doesn’t see Indiana beating the Cleveland Cavaliers. His statement served as a message for the Pacers’ front office to continue improving their roster.
Trading for Brook Lopez will be a good move for the Pacers as it would give them another prominent scorer to play alongside George. Chris Haynes of ESPN reported the Pacers made their 2017 first-round pick available. As Vecsey suggests, the Pacers could add Al Jefferson and Rodney Stuckey to spice up the deal.
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