The Nets have offered Brook Lopez a fully guaranteed maximum deal of $58 million.
Brooklyn and Lopez are discussing the fifth years.
The Nets have made this offer to prevent Lopez from seeking an offer sheet with a rival team as they are keeping hope of trading for Dwight Howard.
Marc Stein reports that both the Blazers and Bobcats are prepared to sign Lopez to a four-year maximum offer sheet.
The Brooklyn Nets’ persistent efforts to land Magic center Dwight Howard are getting close to paying off, according to sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets and Magic are cautiously optimistic that the Cavaliers and Clippers will help them facilitate a four-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn.
- The Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal.
- The Magic would get Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks — two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers.
- The Cavaliers would get Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.
According to sources, the complicated deal is “almost done.”
Deron Williams is staying with the Brooklyn Nets.
Just after 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, the All-Star point guard tweeted, “Made a very difficult decision today …” along with a link to a photo of the Nets’ logo.
Williams’ decision to stay was confirmed by ESPN.com.
His contract will be worth $98 million over five years, according to sources.
Dwight Howard still prefers a trade from the Magic, according to a source.
Orlando announced that the tenures of Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith were over on Monday, but Howard still seeks a trade before the start of the season.
The Nets are considered the frontrunner, but “it is not going to be a one-horse race,” the source said.
The Mavericks and Knicks are also in the conversation, while the Lakers and Clippers are as well to a lesser extent.
New name. New borough. New arena. New logos, too.
The Nets will have a black-and-white color scheme, which pays homage to the old New York subway signage system.
The Nets will have a pair of primary logos. The first features a shield and the name “NETS” accompanied by the letter “B” inside a basketball and “BROOKLYN” underneath. The second features the letter “B” inside a basketball encircled by “BROOKLYN NEW YORK.”
“Hello, Brooklyn! I’ve been waiting a long time to say that,” center Brook Lopez said at the team’s formal logo unveiling at the Modell’s Sporting Goods store across the street from the team’s new home, the Barclays Center.
Dwight Howard signed a waiver Thursday that keeps him under contract with the Orlando Magic through next season.
The waiver denies him the right to terminate his contract after this season. After going back and forth regarding his intentions, Howard said Wednesday that he would sign the waiver.
A source had told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the New Jersey Nets had been told earlier Thursday that Howard would not be available in trade.
New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez is expected to miss three weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced on Monday.
The 23-year-old suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game in Charlotte and did not return. He underwent X-rays later that night, but the team did not reveal the news until Monday.
Lopez left the locker room in crutches, and coach Avery Johnson said he “badly rolled” his right ankle.
The reportedly preference for Dwight Howard is to sign with the Nets in the offseason as a free agent, which would allow the franchise to retain the assets they do have.
Howard is enthused about teaming up with Deron Williams and he could likely receive a more lucrative adidas extension in Brooklyn.
The Magic have not given up on keeping Howard and are interested in a trade for either Steve Nash or Monta Ellis, but both possibilities are remote.
According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.
Sources that spoke with Marcus Thompson said the Warriors would want more than Lopez in exchange for Ellis.
Golden State still believes they have a shot to acquire Dwight Howard.
Howard has made it clear that he is not interested in playing for the Warriors long-term.
Deron Williams does not want to address the subject of possibly playing in his hometown on a permanent basis during this trip to Dallas, but his coach acknowledged that the Mavericks are a major threat to sign the free agent-to-be.
New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson has a lot of respect for his former boss, Mavs owner Mark Cuban.
The billionaire has teamed with Dallas president basketball of operations Donnie Nelson to give the Mavs the financial flexibility this summer to attempt to sign Williams and/or Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.