The lowly New Jersey Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season and it isn't clear exactly who will be on the roster when they get there. While Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has expressed interest in playing for the Nets, it is likely that he won't join the team unless point guard Deron Williams is still on the team. Williams, of course, becomes a free agent this summer.
Meanwhile, the Nets may also end up losing the skills of a center that is already on the roster. Brook Lopez, who hasn't played this season, due to a broken bone in his foot, can be a restricted free agent this summer and GM Billy King has said that he isn't going to try and get Lopez signed to an extension before the Jan. 25 deadline, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
And it isn't even clear if Lopez wants to be with the Nets. When asked on Thursday at his first practice back if he would like to remain with the organization, the Star-Ledger reports that he said, "I don't know. I'd like to be (with the Nets), but you know — a lot of uncertainties. I don't know."
Last season, the 23-year-old averaged 20.4 points, six rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He is expected to "join the team on its next road trip, which begins Monday" against the Chicago Bulls, the paper reports.