Brook Lopez Opts Out Of Contract With Nets

Brook Lopez

All-Star center Brook Lopez has informed the Brooklyn Nets that he will opt out of his contract, reports ESPN.

The 27-year-old declined a $16.7 million player option for 2015-16. However, the team expects him to re-sign.

Sources say Lopez will likely sign a three-year max deal that would allow him to cash in on another big deal in the future when the salary cap rises significantly due to the new television deal with ESPN and TNT.

Nets general manager Billy King says both Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young, who also opted out of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent, are top priorities.

"From day one, I said that's our priority," King told reporters after the draft. "They know it, and I think they wanna be back. You get a vibe from guys being around, you get a vibe and feel that they want to be a part of it. But we have tools that are in our favor to keep them."

Last season Lopez played in 72 games and averaged 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and