Could Brook Lopez return to the Brooklyn Nets?

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Brook Lopez (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Brook Lopez (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

It’s only been seven months since the Brooklyn Nets dealt Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for D’Angelo Russell. With Lopez and the Lakers drifting apart, could the big man ditch Hollywood and return to Brooklyn?

Brook Lopez will make his first return to Brooklyn Friday night when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

To say it’s been a rough transition for Lopez would be an understatement.

The Nets’ all-time leading scorer is averaging a career low in both points (11.6) and field goal percentage (.433).

To make matters worse, his season hit a low point Wednesday during the Orlando Magic’s 127-105 rout of Los Angeles.

Lopez, who has seen limited time in the rotation of late, played just nine minutes and sat nearly the entire second half.

During the fourth quarter, he sat on the bench with a towel draped over his head.

“On the court, I can be very visible, with my emotions,” Lopez said after the game, according to “So, yeah, just trying to control myself, breathe a little bit, and just keep cool because it was an unfortunate game for us.”

As the trade deadline approaches, it’s unlikely Lopez will be moved.

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Sure, the Stanford product is in the final year of his contract and could be a rental for a contending team.

The problem, though, is his $22.6 million salary.

It’s likely that Lopez will be a buy-out candidate, should the two sides be able to come to an agreement.

If that’s the case, would Lopez be open to a return to the Nets?

Brooklyn would surely welcome back the center with open arms.

The Nets have lacked production from the five-spot for most of the season, aside from the recent emergence of rookie Jarrett Allen.

Bringing Lopez’s veteran presence back in the locker room would surely benefit both coach Kenny Atkinson and his younger players.

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Of course, it’d be understandable should he want to sign with a contender.

Still, it’s hard to rule out a Lopez-Nets reunion.

After all, his No. 11 might one day hang from the rafters.