The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly setting up a pretty steep price for franchise center Brook Lopez. According to Nets’ play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle, the organization is not “giving him away” and will likely want a lottery pick in this upcoming draft, coupled with a future first-round pick. If not, Lopez could very well still be a part of the Nets plan going forward next season.
“I know the asking price is legitimately high,” Eagle said. “Look around, not a lot of guys who can do what he does,” he added. “I don’t believe they’re going to get desperate and feel the need to dump him.”
Eagle also made it known that Brooklyn has three untouchable players and they’re all guards, citing Jeremy Lin, and rookies Isaiah Whitehead and Caris LeVert. The omission of swingman Sean Kilpatrick comes as a surprise here, given how much GM Sean Marks had vouched for him in the offseason.
The YES announcer spoke as well about LeVert, noting “his upside is through the roof” and Whitehead: “he is an NBA player… a guy they wanted.” Eagle said he thought LeVert has developed faster than he anticipated and is most likely to be a “catalyst” in the NBA while Whitehead, pressed into service as a point guard, could wind up as a “combo guard” because of his 6-foot-5 frame.
Brook Lopez is averaging 20.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks — his lack of rebounding ability has been a concern for most of his career, given that most 7-footers can pull down upwards of eight rebounds per game in a 30-minute stint. The Stanford standout is draining 1.8 three-pointers per game, though shooting it at a mediocre 34.6 percent clip. He is also an excellent free-throw shooter for his position, making a career-high 83.8 percent of his attempts this season.