Brook Lopez— the center for the Brooklyn Nets and lately the middle of trade rumors surrounding talks with the Orlando Magic about bringing Dwight Howard to the Barclays Center— wants the Nets to know he's all-in on Crooklyn.
Lopez— an unabashed Disney fan— would probably love to live in Disney World but even the close proximity of the AmWay Center to the Magic Kingdom does not make Orlando a place Lopez wants to play.
"He really wants to see it through with the Nets and go to Brooklyn," said Chris Lopez— Brook's brother and advisor told The New York Post. "We're back in California and he understands the situation, but he wants to remain consistent He wants to be a Brooklyn Net. He hasn't played anywhere else and he likes the organization. He wants to be a part of it now that they're going to be good."
It sounds like the Nets are also wishing upon a star and it just happens to be Howard— the most sought after free agent available. The Nets reportedly said they are willing to give up Lopez, forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks along with three first-round draft picks in order to land Howard. If the Nets throw in Sleepy, they've probably got a deal.
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Orlando we go.
Lopez would have to agree to a sign-and-trade and Chris Lopez has doubts that his brother would be willing to make that move but said, "Honestly, I couldn't answer that, it's Brook's call."
Lopez, the 10th pick in the 2008 draft, missed almost all of the 2011's abbreviated season because of a broken foot and and ankle injury right after he returned to the lineup. He has averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in his first three NBA seasons.
"Brook and his rehab are doing fine," said Chris Lopez. "He has been working really hard toward seeing it through to Brooklyn. He is willing to do anything to make it happen.
"But we haven't heard anything other than what we've read and seen [on TV]."
Now— with the signing of point guard Deron Williams— the Nets are looking to add Howard and complete their own version of the Big Three.
Suddenly Brook Lopez, you are not the fairest of them all.