Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/22/11
The New Jersey Nets have Brook Lopez in their plans -- both immediate and long-term. Immediately, he is the center for the Nets, the guy who can balance the offense and maybe anchor the defense for the Nets. In the long-term (and that long-term lasts until the end of the season) he is the critical piece the Nets need to acquire Dwight Howard, or the offer sheet they need to decline to free up the cap space to sign him outright in free agency. The Nets have Howard in their sights. And, in order to convince Deron Williams to stay, they would like to get Howard in a Nets uniform as quickly as possible. And that is why Lopez is so important. The Nets would have loved to see Lopez start the season out strong so they could convince Otis Smith and the Magic he is somewhere near fair compensation for Howard. As it stands, they do not have enough alone to acquire the Magic's superstar. That might be why the news on Wednesday could cripple the Nets much more than in the win and loss column th...
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