The New Jersey Nets should trade Brook Lopez while his value around the league is high. This may sound like blasphemy to Nets fans celebrating the acquisition of Deron Williams, but, if you consider what Lopez is and is not, it might make good sense in the short and long term.
The Nets have a very long road to travel before they will be capable of winning a conference semifinal series, so the thought of trading assets for talent and composition should be on the table.
The trade of Devin Harris and Derrick Favors (along with a draft pick) for Williams is a great example of what potential can buy in the NBA. Even though I think New Jersey gave up too much in the trade by sending the pick, it was probably the right move for the organization.
Brook Lopez is 7'0”, 265 pounds and has proven he can play in the NBA. His basic stat line is as follows:
This year's draft has very little to offer in the way of centers. This increases his value around the league, and there are teams that would jump before looking on the opportunity to get any big this year.
The next few slides contain my case.