An earlier report suggested that Brooklyn Nets restricted free-agent center Brook Lopez had one maximum contract offer sheet from a team other than the Nets. As it turns out, he might actually have two. The Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats have both told Lopez that they would be willing to sign him to a four-year max contract, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
The Nets would have the ability to match any contract Lopez receives, but that would mean they couldn't leave open the option of trading Lopez for Dwight Howard. That's why the Nets are negotiating a deal themselves with Lopez that would provide him the five-year maximum contract only he can provide. Without that fifth year, Lopez could sign the Blazers' or Bobcats' offer and kill any Howard trade possibility.
Lopez played in just five games last year as he recovered from a foot injury.
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