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Brooklyn Nets lose Brook Lopez for entire season

Lopez facing long lay-off (©GettyImages)
Lopez facing long lay-off (©GettyImages).

Brook Lopez has been ruled out for the rest of the season after fracturing his fifth metatarsal on Friday night, but the Brooklyn Nets have ruled out making an immediate move into the trade market for a replacement.

Brooklyn were completely unaware of the extent of Lopez's injury during a last-gasp 121-120 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last week, which was decided by a buzzer-beater from Evan Turner.

Lopez sustained the season-ending injury in the fourth quarter but still played the final 10 minutes of regulation plus overtime, with the full extent of his latest problem not becoming clear until the next day.

Nets general manager Billy King is adamant that despite Lopez being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign Brooklyn won't be rushed into a swift trade, preferring to take their time and find the right long-term solution to their mounting injury woes.

King told ESPN on Sunday: "If there's a deal out there that we feel is going to make us a better team, we'll do it regardless of tax or the future, but we're not going to panic and do a move just to make a move because we feel we have to.

"I still believe in this group. Brook's a big part of it, but we do have other guys, that's why we have depth.

"There's not an imminent move, we're not looking to make any imminent move trade-wise. We've got 14 other guys that can step up, but we'll continue to discuss possibilities if it can make our team better."

The Nets are currently in the process of applying for a disabled player extension to acquire a free agent or trade to replace Lopez, although they have until January 15th for that application to go through.

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