Brook Lopez Hopes To Stay With Nets

There's little doubt that Brook Lopez would be a part of any deal sending Dwight Howard to the Nets.  However, the Nets center hopes to remain in New Jersey on the other side of the trade deadline, writes Fred Kerber of the New York Post.

“I do want to stay. It’s the only thing I’ve known and I’ve enjoyed my time here, no question,” said the 23-year-old . “I’d definitely be relieved. No question. Like I said, I like being here. I like being a Net.”

After missing the bulk of the first half of the season, Lopez has looked fantastic in recent outings.  Lopez dominated with 38 points against the Mavs earlier this week and followed it up with 28 points in a losing effort against the Celtics last night.

Earlier this year, the Nets declined to extend Lopez's rookie contract in order to allow themselves flexibility this summer.

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