The news recently broke that the Nets all-star center Brook Lopez broke his foot once again and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Lopez was on his way to a career year before the injury with a PER of 25.8, good for 7th best in the league.
This injury is a crushing blow to any lingering hopes that the Nets were going to make a playoff run. The nets are built to win now but don't have the right pieces in place to be a title contender. Lopez recently signed a four year contract extension with the Nets for 4 yrs 60 million. That deal seems, at the very least, a fair price for a 7 ft center who has been one of the most efficient players in the league.
I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing Lopez on the Sixers and I feel they have a few players who could help the nets win games this season. Here's the trade: Brook Lopez and Tyshawn Taylor for Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes.
I see this deal as a positive for the Nets because it gives them a decent chance to compete this season while also committing to less salary after Spencer's deal expires. They would be giving up a key part of their future but they will most likely have to bottom out in one or two years so it won't be a huge loss considering he isn't helping them win NOW.
The sixers have been shopping Spence and Thad all year and for those of you who still believe Young is a part of the Sixers' future, there have been recent reports that Thad has asked to be traded. Getting Lopez from the Nets gives the Sixers a proven big who can speed up their rebuilding process and hopefully become an integral part of a title contender down the line. Even better is that Lopez does not affect the Sixers' plans to tank this season because of his injury.
I can see the following lineup being very potent in the Leastern Conference sooner rather than later:
PG: MCW SG: Andrew Wiggins SF: James Young (pelicans pick) PF: Noel C: Lopez 6th man: Wroten
I think Lopez's ability to hit the 12-18 footer and play in the post will allow him to be effective on offense with Noel and the other Sixers. I don't think they will have any problems on defense with the sensational athletes they will have on the floor.
Do I think this trade is likely to happen? Of course not, but I would love to see the Sixers gauge the Nets interest in parting with their injured center.