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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Articles tagged: Brook Lopez

Teammate Brook Lopez says Giannis Antetokounmpo has another level to reach

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo has already accomplished some things on the basketball court that the overwhelming majority of NBA players could only dream of, but the reigning NBA MVP still feels he has not come close to reaching his full potential. Veteran teammate Brook Lopez agrees.

After he took home the NBA MVP Award last month, Antetokounmpo said he believes he has only accomplished 60 percent of what he is capable of. When asked about that comment in a recent interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Lopez said he sees it the same way.

“I mean, it’s crazy that with the level he’s at now, he still has another level or two to go in his game,” Lopez said. “He could become a way better player than he is now, which has got to be a scary thought for the entire league.”

Giannis averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game last season. He’s virtually unstoppable when he’s on his game, and there are few players in NBA history who are or were more explosive going to the basket. Despite that, he seems to do a great job of keeping himself grounded and always wanting more. Remember, this is the same player who asked Bucks fans to stop calling him the MVP even after he won the award.

Antetokounmpo is just 24, so his best years could very well be ahead. He’s made it clear what his No. 1 goal is, and it has nothing to do with taking home more MVP hardware. If Giannis is only at 60 percent now, we can’t wait to see him at 100.

Brook Lopez reportedly will stay with Bucks on four-year deal

Brook Lopez

The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to run it back next season and will likely be doing so with at least Brook Lopez.

Lopez is set to get a four-year, $52 million contract from the Bucks when free agency begins, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Bucks were expected all along to try and re-sign Lopez.

Lopez was signed by Milwaukee at a bargain price of $3.38 million last offseason and fit in perfectly with the team. He shot a career-best 36.5 percent on threes, averaging 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

Milwaukee still has Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon to worry about. Middleton is an unrestricted free agent, while Brogdon is a restricted free agent. They would like to keep both players. They plan to waive George Hill but would like to bring him back as well. Midseason acquisition Nikola Mirotic will not be returning to the team as he has chosen to play in Spain instead.

Brook Lopez was so hyped during his huge Game 1

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez stole the show during the Milwaukee Bucks’ 108-100 Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night with his overall play and energy.

Lopez went 12-for-21, made four 3-pointers, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four blocks in the game. He was fired up during the contest, as evidenced by this amazing video showing him clapping like a maniac:

That came with his team up 106-100 with 28.6 seconds left. Toronto had just fouled to stop the clock, putting the Bucks in a situation to ice the game.

Lopez signed with the Bucks for $3.38 million on July 8, fairly late in the free agency process. He was surprised the Lakers did not try to retain him. He’s flourished in Milwaukee and attempted 6.3 threes per game, the most ever in his career. His 36.5 percent from long range was also the highest of his career. He’s worked hard to incorporated the three-point shot into his game, and it’s paid off.

Brook Lopez reportedly agrees to deal with Bucks

Brook Lopez Lakers

The Milwaukee Bucks have a new big man.

According to reports, the Bucks agreed to terms with center Brook Lopez on a one-year deal.

Lopez is a good bet to start for Milwaukee, who will be looking to take a few steps forward in a weaker Eastern Conference this season. He started 72 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 13 points and four rebounds per game. He averaged 20 points per game the two seasons prior to that while playing for the Brooklyn Nets.

The move to Milwaukee comes as a bit of a surprise, as rumor had it Lopez was likely to return to the Lakers.

Report: Brook Lopez could return to Lakers

Brook Lopez Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers’ roster is taking shape now that LeBron James has officially announced his decision.

In addition to James signing with the Lakers, the team has re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. It’s an interesting decision for the purple and gold to use a significant park of their salary cap space ($12 million) on KCP, and it may limit their ability to bring in a second star.

Accordingly, Keith Smith reports that Brook Lopez is a good bet to return to the Lakers and that the team is less likely to be able to afford big man DeMarcus Cousins now.

The Lakers were previously said to have interest in Cousins.

Lopez came to the Lakers last season after being traded in the D’Angelo Russell deal. He indicated in April that he was open to both a pay cut and a return to the Lakers.

Now that they have LeBron in the mix, that could be enough for Lopez to take a discount.

Lakers reportedly have no plans for Brook Lopez buyout

Brook Lopez Lakers

It sounds like you can scrap any talk of the Los Angeles Lakers buying out Brook Lopez.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported on Thursday that Lopez wants to remain with the Lakers for the rest of the season even though the team looks like a longshot for the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli supplemented that report and said the team has no plans to buy him out.

Lopez, 29, is averaging 12 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season. He had spent his entire career with the Nets prior to being traded to LA, so he’s not used to bouncing around, and that could play a role in his desire to remain with the Lakers. Lopez is set to be a free agent after the season. We had him low on our list of potential buyout candidates.

Ten potential NBA buyout candidates

Derrick Rose

The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.

Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.

1) Derrick Rose, Jazz

Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.

2) Joe Johnson, Kings