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Three questions facing the Nets this offseason

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez #11 high0fives shooting

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez #11 high0fives shooting guard Markel Brown #22 and small forward Joe Johnson #7 during the fourth quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

1. What will Brook Lopez do?

That's the $16.7-million question and how the Nets construct their roster depends on whether the 7-footer returns. He has a player option and has refused to shed any light on his intentions, though he's previously stated he likes the franchise. He's been constantly mentioned in trade rumors and was close to being shipped to Oklahoma City at the February deadline. The Nets can re-sign him to a five-year deal if he doesn't opt in; other teams can ink him to a four-year contract.

2. Is Thaddeus Young coming back?

From the moment he was acquired for Kevin Garnett in February, Young fit in seamlessly. He perfectly complemented Lopez's game since he could stretch the defense. He's indicated he wants to remain with the Nets and said yesterday he considers Brooklyn home, but it also depends on what Lopez decides.

3. What can they get out of next month'sdraft?

Thanks to the Hawks' right to swap first-round picks this season as a condition of the Joe Johnson trade in 2012, the Nets will select 29th rather than 15th. They also have a second-round selection (No. 41). So unless they make a move, it's probably going to take a while for the players they draft to develop.


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