Lopez opting out of his deal was expected, and Nets general manager Billy King has always maintained that he expects the big man back. Brooklyn traded backup center Mason Plumlee in a draft-night trade, showing confidence that Lopez will return.
Lopez will reportedly be seeking a three-year, $60 million extension, and the Nets are prepared to give that to him, although there could be “financial protections” put in place in case his foot problems crop up again. A healthy Lopez is worth the big bucks, but he’s had problems staying on the floor because of recurring foot injuries.
In addition to Lopez, Brooklyn also plans to re-sign Thaddeus Young, who also opted out of his contract for next season. Young won’t command the dollars Lopez will, but Wojnarowski says Young is seeking a deal in the range of four years, $48 million.