With conflicting reports regarding the intricacies of the deal, it appears that the trade talks are still in their preliminary stages. Additionally, both sides still seem to be in a deadlock while Brooklyn continues to demand two first-round picks for the big man.
Recently, New Orleans has expressed interest in trading for a big man, with Lopez and Philadelphia 76ers‘ Jahlil Okafor as their main targets. The Pelicans were named the frontrunners in landing Okafor and trade talks between the two parties appeared to be in serious stages, but no deal has materialized. Lopez would likely be a second option if New Orleans fails to get Okafor, which is a possible reason to why the Nets and Pelicans are currently in trade conversations.
Lopez has garnered attention on the Nets’ trade block as early as November, when ESPN first reported that Brooklyn was listening to offers for the one-time All-Star. Since then, trade rumors surrounding the 7-footer have emerged regularly.
With just 10 days left until the trade deadline, it appears that Sean Marks is urgently looking to deal the Nets’ biggest trade asset. We’ll see soon enough if the GM gets his way with two first-round draft picks or has to settle for something different.