Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/11/12
The Brooklyn Nets are near a four-year, $58 million contract extension with center Brook Lopez, the maximum amount any other team could offer Lopez as a restricted free agent. The two sides, according to multiple reports, are negotiating a possible fifth year but the Nets hope to retain the financial flexibility required in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic that would bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn. The Nets, however, are thought to be very open to keeping Lopez as part of the core of the team. General manager Billy King continued dialogue with the Magic on Wednesday. ESPN reported King informed Lopez he would either be signed to remain with the team or dealt, but the Nets plan is to resolve his status Wednesday. Lopez, a 24-year-old 7-footer drafted 10th overall in the 2008 draft, missed the first 32 games last season with a fractured right foot. He was injured in the final preseason game and had surgery Dec. 23. He played five games, averaging 19.2 points and 3.6 reb...
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