Nets could be in a pickle: Melo or Lopez?

August, 31, 2010
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The Nets may be envisioning a future where Carmelo Anthony is Kobe to his Shaq-like (circa 2000-02) sidekick, Brook Lopez -- and that's why Devin Harris could be the headliner in a package deal for the Nuggets superstar (HoopsWorld). Jon Rothstein, talk show host of 1050 ESPN New York, even tweeted: "Hearing from an #NBA league source that the #Nets are not including Brook Lopez in any trade discussions w #Nuggets 4 Carmelo Anthony." There are two possible factors for this: 1) It's unique to have a center like Lopez, who is arguably the East's second-best big man after Dwight Howard; and 2) Nets back-up point guard Jordan Farmar has starting potential. If you look at his numbers from last year, he was usually scoring in double figures when he was only playing around 25 minutes per game.

Nets notes:
  • Not only did former Net Sean Williams have trouble settling in to NBA life, he's been trying to find a stable home internationally since January, when the team released him. Since then, he's already played in China and Puerto Rico, and now he's about to suit up in Israel, after signing with the Hapoel Jerusalem club (The Examiner).
  • The Nets were represented on a different court today -- the U.S. Open tennis court, by way of Coco Vandeweghe, the daughter of former team general manager, Kiki Vandeweghe (The New York Times). Coco was nearly double-bageled in Round 1 -- 6-1, 6-0 -- and was eliminated from the tournament.
Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter: @jaredzwerling

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8