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Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:05 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 4:22 pm
The Nets got a rare dose of positive injury news Monday when X-rays on center Brook Lopez's right ankle were negative. The key piece of a potential trade with Orlando for All-Star Dwight Howard will be in a walking boot for what the team described as a precaution and will miss three weeks.

Though that puts Lopez on the shelf until after the March 15 trade deadline, team officials privately were expecting worse. Lopez was injured Sunday night during Deron Williams' 57-point game in Charlotte and left the arena on crutches.

Lopez missed the Nets' first 32 games with a broken right foot, putting a damper on trade discussions between New Jersey and Orlando. The Magic have been telling teams over the past month that they intend to keep Howard beyond the trade deadline, but rival executives are dubious. Howard has not publicly or privately given any indication that he wants to stay with the Magic beyond this season, and Orlando could lose him as an unrestricted free agent without getting any assets in return under new collectively bargained guidelines governing sign-and-trades.

Howard's list of preferred destinations has not changed since the summer, and it includes the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers. New Jersey and Dallas will have the cap room to offer Howard a four-year, $81 million deal after Howard opts out July 1. If he stayed in Orlando, Howard would get an extra year and 7.5 percent annual raises -- as opposed to the four-year deal and 4.5 percent raises he'd get by leaving. Barring injury, the difference isn't as dramatic as it seems, since Howard, 26, would make most of it up on his next contract. He'd do even better in Texas, where there is no state income tax.

The Nets, who can offer Howard the allure of Williams' star power and their impending move to Brooklyn, continue to be the front runners for Howard if the Magic decide to trade him. Rival executives believe the Magic would be foolish to misread Howard's desire to change teams this summer, and the Nets have the roster and cap flexibility to provide Orlando with the assets they'd need to rebuild.

Meanwhile, sources say serious trade discussions league-wide are on hold while teams await a verdict from Orlando on Howard.

"That has to drop before anything else does," one rival executive said Monday. 

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:02 pm

Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

Why did Howard announce a couple days ago that he was unwilling to sign an extension with the Lakers if they were to trade for him? This whole Howard trade situation gets more bizarre every day.  So if he's unwilling to sign with the Lakers, can't be traded to the Mavs because they have no trade pieces that Orlando would take, that leaves 3 options for Orlando.. 1. Keep Howard for the rest of the season at a huge risk of ending up with no compensation if he leaves. 2. Trade Howard to Golden State as a rental and receive Mongta Ellis.  3. Trade Howard to Brooklyn where he will sign an extension and get whatever the Nets can offer.

These are all crappy options for Orlando. But in reality, the best option is for them to call Golden State and ask for more payers with Monta Ellis.  THen it might be worth it to the Magic, but Howard will only be with Golden State for 2 months.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:42 pm

Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

They can trade him as long as the other team is willing to take him. He has to pass a physical. But I am sure an ankle injury, unless life threatening isnt going to stop it. But I am sure at this point, with 2 foot/leg injuries this year. Brooks Lopez + others is not looking to good for Orlando. I highly doubt there is anyway a trade to the Nets will happen now, if there was a chance before. It has to be gone. This also means Deron isnt sticking around to wait for some draft picks. Its gonna be a while until the Nets are any good. Money cant bring players to the Nets. Even if they move to Brooklyn they arent the Knicks.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:35 am

Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

Lol WHERE Did the idea, that one of the worst teams in the east, has great assets to give for Howard? their soft injury prone center and WHAT?

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:58 pm
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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:16 pm

Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

by "rival executives" do you mean, "billy king"? lol. the nets offer is total crap even before lopez keeps breaking himself. orl has said they don't want to rebuild through draft, want to stay competitive before owner bites dust. and the orl sentinel reported 6-8 teams calling for dwight rentals so...yeah tough "break" nj

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:36 pm

Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

So they can still trade for Howard at the deadline? What exactly is the rule on trading injured players then?

Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:35 pm

Nets' Lopez to miss 3 weeks with ankle sprain

Florida has no state income tax, either.

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