Originally written January 26, 2012 on SLAM Online:
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The Nets’ decision not to extend a contract offer to center Brook Lopez didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who had paid even a modicum of attention, but Lopez let it be known that he was hurt by the team’s decision (which largely hinges on their pursuit of Dwight Howard.) Per the NY Post: “Brook Lopez would have preferred to be involved in any discussions that led to the Nets’ decision not to extend his contract. ‘It does include me,’ Lopez said with a shrug after the Nets made official yesterday what they had indicated for some time — they did not extend the fourth-season center while also not picking up the third year option on Damion James, moves intended to keep as much cap space as possible for a free agent run at Dwight Howard. ‘I understand it I suppose from a business standpoint,’ Lopez said before the Nets’ 97-90 overtime victory over the 76ers last night. ‘But yeah, I think it’s disappointing because I’d like to be here.’ Lopez and James are recovering from right foot
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