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The New Jersey Nets won't give an exact timetable for when Brook Lopez will return from a broken foot, but general manager Billy King hinted that the talented center should make his 2012 regular season debut by the time the team resumes after the All-Star Game.
"I know in Dallas - God willing we don't have any more injuries - we'll have all our guys playing except for our guys that are out for the season," King said, referring to New Jersey's first game after the Feb. 26 All-Star Game.
Lopez has been cleared to do basketball work, and coach Avery Johnson said the center has shown improvement.
"He's just been moving around a little bit more on the court and he'll do some parts of shootaround today and we'll just keep building him up," Avery Johnson said. "He's just got to get in better basketball condition and he's not there yet. You know, we'll just keep working with him. He's feeling better. He's feeling good. We haven't had any setbacks."
New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez underwent “successful” surgery today to repair a non-displaced stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot, according to Nets general manager Billy King.
The surgery, performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III, involved the insertion of a screw in Lopez’s foot.
“A single screw was inserted into the bone to stabilize the fracture and speed up the healing process,” said Dr. O’Malley. “He was placed in a boot and will walk with the aid of crutches. Brook will begin his rehab in two weeks.”
Lopez is expected to return to game action in 6-8 weeks.
Lopez suffered the injury Wednesday in the team’s preseason finale against the New York Knicks. To ease the loss of Lopez, the Nets Thursday acquired veteran center Mehmet Okur from Utah.
New Jersey had been trying to acquire center Dwight Howard from Orlando, with Lopez viewed as a key piece of any trade package New Jersey could offer.
Just hours after announcing the loss of dynamic center Brook Lopez to a broken foot the New Jersey Nets have acquired veteran center Mehmet Okur from the Utah Jazz.
“Mehmet will give us added scoring and size,” said Nets general manager Billy King. “His ability to shoot the three will help space the floor.”
Okur, 32, is a nine-year veteran. He holds career averages of 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 617 NBA games with Detroit and Utah. Okur averaged double figures in scoring in six of his last seven NBA seasons, including a career-best 18.0 points to go along with 9.1 rebounds in 2005-06.
The 6-foot-11 center played in just 13 games for the Jazz in 2010-11 due to Achilles and back injuries, averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Okur is not the athlete that Lopez is, nor the low-post scoring presence. He is more of a jump shooter who has made 573 3-pointers and has a .377 career shooting percentage from that distance.
The Nets surrendered a 2015 second-round draft pick in exchange for Okur.
Provided that he is healthy enough to play significant minutes Okur should help the Nets hold down the forte until Lopez is ready to return.
The New Jersey Nets expect that injured center Brook Lopez will miss between 4-6 weeks and return from foot surgery in early February, reports Adrian Wojnarowski. The timetable could prove essential to New Jersey's ability to make a trade prior to the March 15 deadline.
The Nets were reported to be one of the leading trade destinations for Dwight Howard if and when the Orlando Magic decide to put their superstar back on the trade block, but any offer to land Howard would almost certainly require parting ways with Lopez. If Wojnarowski's timetable proves correct, New Jersey's injured center would have slightly more than a month to showcase his bill of health before the trade deadline.
But some doctors question whether Lopez will return so quickly. Zach Lowe reports that Dr. F.D. Kharrazi of Kerlan-Jobe, who also works for the Lakes, believes that Lopez's healing and rehab process could last 3-4 months. Foot injuries can prove to be especially difficult for big men.
The Nets announced Thursday that Lopez has been diagnosed with a stress fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot that was suffered in the second quarter of Wednesday night's loss to the New York Knicks. The seven-footer played through the pain and finished the game with 15 points and nine rebounds, but a post-game examination revealed the full extent of the injury.
On the even of the 2011-12 NBA season, the New Jersey Nets were dealt a major blow to their hopes of contending for the playoffs. GM Billy King announced on Thursday center Brook Lopez has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot.
Lopez suffered the injury during the first half of the Nets 88-82 loss to the New York Knicks in their preseason finale. He continued to play on the injury into the fourth quarter, putting up 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Surgery is expected to take place Friday, with no timetable yet set for his return. The injury is thought to be similar to the one suffered last year by Damion James, when he was limited to just 25 games.
Some have speculated Lopez could be back on the court in 4-6 weeks.
The idea of Lopez missing time is one the Nets have never had to deal with. In his three years with New Jersey, Lopez has played in every single game, 246 consecutive contests. That streak will end Monday night against the Washington Wizards when Johan Petro will likely start in his place.
King will be searching for an immediate replacement, but it also throws a major wrench into his long-term plan to acquire Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard. While the Magic were weary to move Howard before, there's no way they are going to want a deal centered on a hobbled Lopez. He will have to come back within that 4-6 week timetable and quickly show he is healthy if the Nets have any hopes of completing a deal before the March 15 trade deadline.
The New Jersey Nets are still looking to add a player to their front court before the season starts next week, but they've already started cutting their roster down. On Tuesday morning the team announced they waived camp invites JamesOn Curry and Jerry Smith.
The two guards had played just three minutes in the Nets first preseason game after being called up from the Springfield Armor of the D-League. Curry scored two points with one turnover while Smith had just a single point. Both players are expected to rejoin the Armor.
Don't take the demotion of Curry and Smith as a sign the team was just using their D-League players as training camp fodder until the roster was completed. That's because forward Dennis Horner was impressive in 18 minutes with four points, four rebounds, three assists and a block against the Knicks over the weekend and remains on New Jersey's roster.
Rumors have swirled the last couple days that the Nets were closing in on deals for both Humphries and AK-47 but so far they have all been bogus. While New Jersey clearly has interest in finding someone to play next to Brook Lopez (or Dwight Howard for that matter) it's clearly a wait and see approach when it comes to a bigger deal.
The New Jersey Nets first of two preseason games is quickly approaching with a roster that is still far from complete. So when they take the court Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center against the New York Knicks, there will be quite a bit of shuffling done by head coach Avery Johnson to keep the veterans sharp while trying to get a legitimate look at the those trying to make the team.
Rookie Jordan Williams isn't going to be able to follow along with that script. The second-round pick disappointed Johnson when he showed up to camp overweight and is now out "five days to a week", forcing the rookie to miss out on a great opportunity to make an impression before GM Billy King fills out the roster.
The setback isn't completely surprising to Johnson considering he needed to drop a few pounds.
"His weight was a little bit up coming into camp, so it was something that needed to happen," the head coach told reporters. "Fortunately, the kid is recovering, he’s doing well."
With one Williams down and no depth at power forward, it's another Williams that will have to play more minutes than originally planned: recently signed free agent Shelden Williams.
The elder of the two Williams' will have to play the majority of minutes at the four along with D-Leaguer Dennis Horner despite only officially joining the team on Tuesday.
Shelden has never lived up to his draft position (No. 5 in 2006) but the Nets like the effort he gives whenever he's on the court, especially on the defensive end. Hopefully the younger Williams pays close attention while he is watching from the sidelines.
The New Jersey Nets could have forward Travis Outlaw back at practice on Friday as he has been cleared for contact (via ESPN New York). According to head coach Avery Johnson, Outlaw will not be available for the Nets' preseason game on Dec. 17 against the New York Knicks.
Outlaw could be waived by the team before then if the Nets decide to take advantage of the new NBA amnesty clause. The deadline for using the clause is Friday, Dec. 16. If the Nets do not exercise the amnesty option to free themselves from one contract, they will be unable to do so until the 2012 offseason. Outlaw potentially clears up $7 million in cap space for the team.
Outlaw was not in a good position to stay with the team even before he broke his hand during offseason boxing training. If the Nets had acquired one of their targets, it would have been almost a certainty that Outlaw would have been an amnesty clause casualty. For the time being, we'll have to watch and wait until Friday to see if Outlaw is still with the Nets.