In recent weeks, Lopez trade rumors have begun to pick up, but Brooklyn has yet to act on any offer. Last week, The Vertical reported that the New Orleans Pelicans were interested in a center, which included Lopez, but it was reported that the Pelicans were also interested in Philadelphia 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor.
It’s likely that the Nets have yet to go through with a deal because no team has met their demand of two first-round draft picks for Lopez. It’s understandable that they’re pursuing this amount in the exchange, considering they don’t own their own first-round pick until 2019. However, they may be setting the bar too high in their request, especially with talent such as Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball set to hit the 2017 NBA draft class.