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Report: Bucks could be in the mix for Brook Lopez if he opts out

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez


Just a notch below the Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge tier of this summer’s free agents is Nets center Brook Lopez. Lopez bounced back from an injury-plagued 2013-14 season and played 72 games this year, reestablishing himself as one of the best offensive big men in the NBA. Lopez can opt out of the final year of his contract and test the market in July, and he should have no shortage of suitors, including the Bucks, who are coached by former Nets coach Jason Kidd.

From Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times:

If Brooklyn center Brook Lopez opts out of his contract, which is for $16.8 million, one of the teams he may consider, according to some NBA officials, is the Bucks. Lopez has a good relationship with Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who coached him in Brooklyn last season.

Lopez would be an interesting fit in Milwaukee. He’d give the Bucks a low-post scoring threat who could pair with Ersan Ilyasova or John Henson in the frontcourt. The Bucks will have plenty of cap space to accommodate the max deal that Lopez will surely command, but they also have to re-sign shooting guard Khris Middleton, a restricted free agent who will command max or near-max offers around the league. The Bucks will probably keep Middleton regardless; what they do with the rest of their cap space will be fascinating to watch as they make the transition from fringe playoff team to legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.