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Nets pull Brook Lopez off market after considering trade with Thunder

Brooklyn discussed a couple of trades for their veteran center but have decided to hang onto him for now.

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After exploring several trade options, the Brooklyn Nets have decided to pull center Brook Lopez off the market for now, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets were reportedly discussing a deal with Oklahoma City that would swap Lopez for Kendrick Perkins and Jeremy Lamb before deciding to call things off, deciding that there was "nothing [they] liked," per Wojnarowski.

On Thursday night, the Nets were in talks with Charlotte, attempting to orchestrate a three-team trade that would net them Lance Stephenson along with Perkins. In that proposed trade, Lopez would still have gone to the Thunder while Lamb and Jarrett Jack headed to Charlotte.

The Nets also reportedly talked to the Miami Heat about a potential Lopez move.

The development of 24-year-old center Mason Plumlee has made Lopez expendable in Brooklyn. Plumlee was the No. 22 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and is averaging 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season while posting an impressive PER of 20.7.

Lopez's contract may also be coming into play. The 26-year-old is making $15.7 million this season and has a player option for $16.7 million this upcoming summer.

Oklahoma City is looking for extra firepower to help Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they make a push at the playoffs. With both stars injured to start the season, the Thunder currently are 18-20 and three and a half games behind Phoenix for the No. 8 seed in the West.

While Stephenson is out of the current proposal, it's no secret the Hornets are trying to move him. Stephenson has struggled in Charlotte after signing a 3-year, $27 million deal in the offseason and the franchise is struggling with him, falling out of playoff position after grabbing the No. 7 seed in the East last season. Brooklyn was mentioned as one of the teams targeting Stephenson when rumors about the shooting guard's future in Charlotte started flying earlier this season. The Nets currently sits as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference at 16-23 overall.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated multiple times to account for changing information.


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