Nets’ Brook Lopez Eager To ‘Render Those Trade Rumors Moot’

July 18, 2012 12:00 AM

Nets’ Brook Lopez Eager To ‘Render Those Trade Rumors Moot’
" NEW YORK (WFAN) — He may not be Dwight Howard, but the Nets are ready to begin their inaugural season at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with one of the league’s best young centers.

The team held a press conference Wednesday to announce the re-signing of Brook Lopez to a four-year, $60 million max deal. Lopez joined WFAN’s Evan Roberts afterward, and let’s just say he’s thrilled to be back.

“I’m just really excited to get out there and prove to people that I can be an important part of this team — and help them win a lot of games,” Lopez said.

LISTEN: Lopez with Roberts

Lopez, limited to just five games last season with foot problems, admitted it was “tough” watching his team from the sideline.

“I don’t think there’s really any restrictions,” Lopez said of his rehab. “I haven’t played any 5-on-5 really or done any competitive things, but I’ve been jumping, dunking, running, doing all that stuff.”

Though he averaged a career-high 20.4 points in 2010-11, the 24-year-old’s rebounds declined to six per game from 8.6 the season prior "

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