Lopez was on an expiring $22.6 million deal for the 2017-18 campaign, so the Nets opted to ship him out and at least get some value back before losing him in free agency in the summer of 2018. While the Nets had to take on the final three years of an ugly four-year, $64 million contract for Mozgov, they at least received the promising young guard Russell, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Lopez should take on a hefty role in the frontcourt for the Lakers, which is a tough blow for the outlook of the up-and-coming Ivica Zubac.
Lopez has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Bulls for rest purposes, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
The Nets will hold three of their key veterans (Lopez, Jeremy Lin and Trevor Booker) out for rest in the season finale, allowing the coaching staff to get a longer look at some of the team's lesser-established options. Justin Hamilton and Andrew Nicholson figure to split the workload at center Wednesday with Lopez unavailable, which should translate into a bump in minutes for both players. Lopez finishes the 2016-17 campaign with averages of 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.7 blocks across 29.6 minutes per game in 75 appearances. He'll be a foundation piece for the Nets next season as he enters the final year of the three-year, $63.4 million contract extension he signed in July 2015.
Lopez recorded 25 points (10-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes in a 114-105 loss to the Celtics on Monday.
Lopez helped key a Nets comeback effort, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Celtics on Monday. He was able to overtake Buck Williams as the Nets' franchise leading scorer though. Lopez has seen his fair share of losses with the Nets over the last few years, but he has been the franchise's rock as they attempt to rebuild their roster and big scoring night's like the one he had Monday are the reason why. He'll look to separate himself even further as the Nets' all-time leading scorer in the final game of the season Wednesday against the Bulls.
Lopez scored 16 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding four rebounds, three blocks and an assist in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 141-118 rout of the 76ers.
The short-handed Sixers offered no resistance in this one as the Nets tied a franchise record with 81 points in the first half, leading to an early exit for Lopez and the other Brooklyn starters. Lopez's scoring and rebounding remain inconsistent, but he's at least been a reliable source of three-pointers down the stretch, draining multiple threes in six straight games and 11 of his last 14.
Lopez accumulated 29 points (12-21 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals across 31 minutes during Sunday's 91-82 victory over the Hawks.
Lopez was just three steals shy from the coveted five-by-five, dominating on both sides of the ball. He made easy work of opposing center Dwight Howard, who struggled to close out on Lopez, allowing seven threes to fly. While he's not normally a playmaker, Lopez is a veteran with great vision and can rack up assists when his teammates cut well and make their shots. He will likely continue to be a great option in almost every fantasy format for the remainder of the season.
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