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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Articles tagged: Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez had car service evacuate his cat from LA fires

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Brook Lopez is one heck of a pet owner.

Lopez lives in Bel Air Crest, a gated community in the hills of Los Angeles. His home was near the “Skirball Fire” — one of many Southern California fires this week — which broke out on Wednesday morning.

The Lakers big man used a car service to be dropped off at the team facility prior to the Lakers’ road trip to Philadelphia for Thursday’s game against the 76ers. But he didn’t leave his cat behind.

Instead, Lopez took his cat with him, then had the car service drive four hours to Fresno to drop his cat off at his mother’s home.

“He got there safely, he got to my mom’s house,” Lopez said Friday, via the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli. “It was a bad day for him because he probably didn’t know what was going on, why he was in the carrier, then he had to go to the vet when he was in Fresno right away to get shots.”

Lopez’s area eventually was evacuated because of the fires. As far as he knows, his home is fine. Still, that’s a scary situation for someone who wasn’t around with the fires going on. And that’s a heck of an effort he made to protect his beloved feline.

Lonzo Ball has funny explanation for Brook Lopez’s recent success

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Brook Lopez is suddenly on fire. He dropped 21 points for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in a 107-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, and has averaged 27.3 over the previous three games. He’s also hit 10 three-pointers over the last two games after hitting only eight in the previous eight games combined.

So what has Lopez suddenly firing on all cylinders? If you were to ask Lonzo Ball, he’d tell you it’s all about the Disney Channel.

Lopez, of course, has been obsessed with Disney since his mother took he and his siblings to Disneyland in Anaheim as kids. That was also around the time he fell in love with the Lakers, so having those two things come together has clearly yielded some positive results for the veteran.

Now it’s on Ball and Lopez’s other teammates to ensure the Disney Channel is always on.

Lakers trading D’Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov to Nets for Brook Lopez, pick

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The Los Angeles Lakers are making some moves ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are trading D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in Thursday’s draft.

Russell was the No. 2 overall pick by the Lakers in 2015, but he could become expendable if the team is planning on selecting Lonzo Ball No. 2 overall on Thursday.

Mozgov has three years and $48 million remaining on his contract, so he is a salary dump. Lopez meanwhile is under contract for just over $22 million next season and then is set to become a free agent.

If the Lakers are planning on taking Ball, then trading away Russell allowed them to get Mozgov’s contract off the books — no small feat. They also will have Lopez’s expiring contract, which will give them lots of salary cap flexibility next offseason, when they will likely try to sign Paul George to a big deal. And in the meantime, Lopez is still an effective big man.

Nets reportedly lower asking price for Brook Lopez

The Brooklyn Nets’ resolve to deal away center Brook Lopez before the trade deadline appears to have strengthened.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports on Tuesday that the Nets have lowered their asking price for Lopez from two first-rounders to a first and a second.

The Nets were said last month to be actively shopping Lopez and others. The incentive to trade the 28-year-old big is strong with the team at a pathetic 9-47 on the year and their cupboard virtually devoid of any long-term assets.

Lopez could still be a major difference maker for a playoff team. He’s actually averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game this season and has transformed into solid long-range shooter seemingly overnight, hitting 1.8 threes a night at a 34.4 percent clip. But even a single first-rounder is difficult to part ways with these days, so the Nets may still have some trouble getting somebody to bite.

Pelicans have reportedly inquired about Brook Lopez

The New Orleans Pelicans want to acquire a center one way or the other.

According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Monday, the Pelicans have been engaged on many fronts to acquire a center and have shown interest in Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez.

This comes in the immediate aftermath of the news that the Pelicans were in discussions to acquire this Philadelphia 76ers big man.

The 28-year-old Lopez, who is under contract through the 2017-18 campaign, is averaging 20.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season and appears to be very available. He also fits the mold of the offensive-minded center that the Pelicans want to play next to Anthony Davis in their frontcourt.

But Lopez is the best player on the Nets roster, and the Pelicans don’t have a lot of tradeable young assets to offer in return. As such, New Orleans may be better off pursuing more realistic avenues such as their trade talks with Philly.

Report: Nets actively shopping Brook Lopez, Bojan Bogdanovic

With by far the worst situation in the NBA in terms of both roster talent and future outlook, desperate times are calling for desperate measures from the Brooklyn Nets.

According to a report by Keith Smith of RealGM on Monday, the Nets are actively shopping Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic but have yet to find a return package to their liking.

Lopez and Bogdanovic are arguably the only two players of any real value on the air-thin Nets. We heard early in the season that Brooklyn might be open to at least moving Lopez, but now it looks like general manager Sean Marks is accelerating the fire sale ahead of the February 23 trade deadline.

Though the Nets are a league-worst 9-38 on the year, there’s zero motivation to just bottom out completely as they are not in control of their own first-round pick until 2019. Still, Brooklyn is clearly going nowhere with Lopez and Bogdanovic riding shotgun, so it makes to sense for them to cash in their chips in the hopes of acquiring any sort of long-term assets.

Report: Nets may be open to trading Brook Lopez before deadline


The final stage of the Brooklyn Nets’ complete teardown under new general manager Sean Marks may be upon us.

According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Friday, the Nets are listening to offers for center Brook Lopez with some rival executives convinced that the team is open to moving the former All-Star big man between now and the February trade deadline.

Lopez, 28, is averaging 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game through the first four games of the season, not too far off from his career averages. He’s due to make roughly $21.2 million this year and $22.6 million in 2017-18.

The former No. 10 overall pick is easily the longest-tenured player on the Nets roster and is arguably their only asset of any meaningful value left. Lopez is a borderline-elite scoring center, but his troublesome history of foot injuries are a very real concern.

That may help explain why Lopez has stuck around in Brooklyn for as long as he has, but the trade rumors should heat up over the next couple of months as the deadline draws nearer.

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