It’s the most talked about topic with the Brooklyn Nets: what could the Nets get for Brook Lopez. The Carmelo Anthony Saga. The “Dwightmare”. The “Dwightmare Part 2”. You’ve heard it all, but time-and-time again the Nets find themselves in the headlines for one reason: Brook Lopez.
With the NBA trade deadline approaching, the Nets have found themselves once again at the top of the trade rumors and they are of course involving Brook Lopez. No one knows if this will be the February where the Nets actually pull the trigger on a deal involving Lopez, but if they do the Nets will be in the hunt for endless assets in return.
This is a perfect fit for Brook Lopez. The Bucks are a young, up-and-coming team with their eyes set on dethroning the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. They are built around their two youngest “stars” in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker who have stepped their game up in the young season so far.
The addition of Brook Lopez would provide the Bucks a piece they have been looking for for years: a low post scorer. Greg Monroe didn’t turn out the way they wanted him to, but Lopez would provide a dominant low-post scorer to compliment their young stars.
Now this is an interesting destination for Lopez. The Rockets are a fast tempo team who like to shoot the first open shot they get. Lopez isn’t the most athletic center in the league, but his improved three-point shot and dominant post moves is just what the Rockets have been looking for.
If James Harden needs a break on offense, Lopez would provide the kind of low-post scorer he needs to relieve some of the stress he gets as their primary ball-handler. This isn’t a perfect fit, but if Lopez and Harden could mesh well, the Rockets would be taking a step towards the promise land.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Similar to the Rockets, the Thunder promote an up-and-down style of offense that is orchestrated around Russell Westbrook pushing the pace. Lopez isn’t a rim runner, but he does demand double teams when he catches the ball in the post.
Everyone knows Westbrook carries the Thunder on his shoulders in every game, but with Lopez by his side Westbrook would be able to take a step back when he gets tired of doing everything for the young Thunder.