Report: Nets reach deals to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young


Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young both opted out of the final year of their respective contracts with the Brooklyn Nets, and those decisions are paying off in a big way. It didn’t take long for both players to reach new deals with Brooklyn, with Lopez getting three years and $60 million and Young getting four years and $50 million, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Lopez, 27, will receive a three-year, $60 million maximum contract that includes some protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s past foot issues sideline him again, sources said. The deal is expected to include a player option after the second season, which would allow him to re-enter free agency once new television money raises the salary cap.

Young, 27, who opted out of $10.2 million owed him next season, will sign a four-year, $50 million deal, sources said.

It’s unclear what the protections for the Nets in Lopez’s deal are, but it’s good that they’re there. He’s absolutely a max player when healthy, arguably the best offensive center in the league. But his foot problems have never fully gone away, so that health isn’t a sure thing.

The return of Young and Lopez to the Nets has been a foregone conclusion around the league since they opted out, with strong indications that they intended to get new long-term deals done. And that’s exactly what happened.