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Reports: Nets reach deal with Brook Lopez


Brook Lopez is going to be the starting center opening up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, not playing in Orlando next fall.

But don’t think the Nets chasing of Dwight Howard is over just yet.

The Nets have reached an agreement with Brook Lopez, according to multiple reports (Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News was first). It is a four-year, $61 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Lopez was the centerpiece of the Nets efforts to trade for Howard. By signing him themselves, the Nets cannot trade him until Jan. 15. But they can after that. If Lopez had signed an offer sheet with Portland or Charlotte (two teams rumored to be interested) and the Nets had matched then the Nets could not have traded him for a year.

The Nets will try and rejoin the Howard trade talks if the center is still on the Magic roster come Jan. 15. But now there is a window for the Rockets, Lakers or some other team to try and get in and take Howard.

The Magic have suspended trade talks for Howard as they try to reassess where things stand and what they can get for the superstar.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.