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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Brook Lopez reportedly agrees to deal with Bucks

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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

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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

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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

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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

Lonzo Ball Lakers

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.