Says at least one source close to talks on expected 3/60M deal for Brook Lopez and 4/50M deal for Thad Young: "Consider them done deals"
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2015
Lopez was always expected to get that three-year, $60 million deal, and he’s worth it if he can stay on the floor. The big man is one of the better low-post scorers in the league, but nagging foot issues have limited his time on the court over the course of his career. Even with those risks, the Nets had little choice but to pay up for Lopez, and Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says the new deal will have some “protections” in case there are more foot problems.
The Young deal is a bit eyebrow-raising, but with the rising cap, it probably isn’t too bad. He just turned 27 years old and is a useful player who can be a stretch 4 next to Lopez. Brooklyn is kind of stuck until the Joe Johnson and Deron Williams contracts come off the books, but locking in Young makes sense, even if it seems a bit excessive at first glance.