Brook Lopez Says He Wants to Be Part of Nets' Rebuilding Plans

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2017

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 12:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on March 12, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The Nets defeated the Knicks 120-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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On the heels of a strong individual season, Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez expressed a desire to remain with the team moving forward.

According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Lopez said the following when asked about his future with the organization: "I'm happy to be here. ... I hope just with my off-the-court attributes, the way I've led, the way I've helped other players grow, I hope those were characteristics that really showed how important I am to this group."

In 2016-17, the 29-year-old veteran averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.

Also, after having made just three three-point field goals in his entire NBA career entering the season, Lopez nailed 134 of them and shot at a 34.7 percent clip from beyond the arc.

The former All-Star evolved his game and proved that he can be an offensive force for the Nets both outside and in the paint.

Despite his contributions, Brooklyn went just 20-62, which was the NBA's worst record.

Brooklyn is in a difficult position since it has little to speak of on the roster outside of Lopez and won't have a high pick in the 2017 draft to add another big-time talent to the mix.

The Nets will be forced to swap their first-round pick with the Boston Celtics, which means the C's could potentially end up with the No. 1 overall selection.

Trading Lopez could net Brooklyn a bevy of draft picks and young players, but there is nothing else in the fold to convince fans to pack the Barclays Center during what could be a long and arduous rebuild. 

 

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