Brook Lopez suffered a broken foot in the Brooklyn Nets’ overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, an injury that will sideline the team’s leading scorer for the remainder of the season. Yet, general manager Billy King does not plan to make a trade to replace one of the league’s top centers.
“If there’s a deal out there that we feel is going to make us a better team, we’ll do it regardless of tax or the future, but we’re not going to panic and do a move just to make a move because we feel we have to,” King said Sunday. “I still believe in this group. Brook’s a big part of it, but we do have other guys, that’s why we have depth.”
Brooklyn might have the opportunity to sign a player with a disabled player exception, which they have applied for with the league office.
“Every team that has a big guy on the sideline calls to offer their services, but we had been in discussions with a lot of teams up to this point,” King said. “There’s not an imminent move, we’re not looking to make any imminent move trade-wise. We’ve got 14 other guys that can step up, but we’ll continue to discuss possibilities if it can make our team better.”
Lopez has already had three surgeries on the same foot, and there was speculation that this latest injury has the potential to be career-threatening. Yet, after an X-ray taken following the matchup, King stated that this was not the case.
Lopez, 25, was averaging 20.7 points while shooting 56.3 percent from the field prior to the injury – both career-highs. The 7-0 footer was also pulling down 6 rebounds to go along with 1.8 blocks per contest.