Dec 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) passes the ball under pressure from Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Nets 121-120 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets want Brook Lopez to lose weight

After the Brooklyn Nets could not acquire Dwight Howard, they re-signed Brook Lopez and hoped the center would bulk up to become a better inside player.

He’s always been an excellent scorer but his rebounding and defense leave a lot to be desired.

Apparently, Lopez put on a little too much weight and the Nets would like to see him slim down in an attempt to help prevent him from injuring his foot again.

Lopez played in just 17 games before the Nets announced he was out for the season.

“We’re going to change how we approach him, maybe with his weight,” general manager Billy King said in an interview on WFAN via Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “He maybe got too heavy. We’re going to try to modify that as well and do some of things to take the pressure off his foot as well.”

Lopez averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game for the Nets this season.

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