Apr 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) is double-teamed by Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left) and center Tyler Zeller (40) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers interested in trade for Brook Lopez?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have a mess of a roster, full of talented though oddly fitting pieces that include Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters and more.

They also just happen to have the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft for the second consecutive season.

Needless to say, they’re not exactly hurting when it comes to assets and with plenty of cap space available, it’s possible they could be looking to bring in an established veteran to help balance their roster. But who? According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets could be a possibility.

Kevin Love is out there, but Amico throws out a couple of different names. Sam said he believes Sacramento is always willing to look at options for moving Demarcus Cousins and that big man Brooke Lopez could also be an option.

Amico has a checkered history of hits and misses and the inclusion of DeMarcus Cousins seems rather suspect given Sacramento’s new ownership seems more than comfortable building around him. However, Lopez is coming off nasty foot injuries and being due nearly $16 million dollars for the upcoming season and upwards of $17 million (player option) in 2015-16, you have to wonder if the Nets would entertain the idea of moving him.

Moving Lopez wouldn’t relieve Brooklyn of all their financial woes though it would certainly put a large dent into it, especially given their luxury tax bill.

As for the Cavaliers, there’s no mention of who they’d make available in return though given Lopez’s salary and injury concern, it likely wouldn’t be much.


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  • drewal10

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who lends little to no credit to any news Sam Amico breaks. He is the only journalist who I can believe less than weathermen

    • Jared Mueller

      I like Sam. He reports what he is given but obviously sources use him as much as he uses them. He just does things differently then other reporters. He reports all the rumblings he is hearing where others only report just before something happens. I like his style, makes fans feel like they are on the inside some. If you ever read ESPN Rumors, the Insider version, it is actually much worse with random rumors.

      • drewal10

        Yeah…reporting EVERYTHING that comes across your table isn’t what credible journalist do. But even if he did,I wouldn’t mind if he wasn’t wrong so often

        • colin

          Any real fan would want to know everything anyone is hearing even if what there reporting is unlikely or unrealistic… I love sammy for that.

          • drewal10

            That’s bull, I don’t want to hear crap. I only want to hear stuff that has some legitimacy. Not random ideas that I can read in any sports forum online