Report: Bucks to pursue Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler in free agency
The Nets have made it clear their top offseason priority is to bring Brook Lopez back to Brooklyn, but they may not be able to do that without some competition from some other teams, namely from one of Brook's former coaches. ESPN's Marc Stein has more:
Lopez averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this past season and really caught fire after the All-Star break. He has a $16.7 million player option for next season, which he likely won't pick up so that he can, instead, hit free agency.
(H/t to ESPN's Marc Stein.)
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League sources say the Bucks want a proven center in free agency if they can score one, and have pinpointed two kinds of former All-Stars — Dallas’ Tyson Chandler and Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez — as targets for the top of their wish list.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd knows both of them well, having played alongside Chandler in both Dallas and New York and having coached Lopez with the Nets. And word is that Milwaukee intends to chase both hard come July 1 in hopes of emerging as a serious contender for at least one of them.