In his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Brook Lopez put together a strong campaign that showed his unique ability on the offensive end of the floor. However, the conclusion of the campaign also brings forth questions of his long-term future with the team.
Lopez is set to hit the free-agent market after completing the final year of his three-year, $63.4 million deal. With that in mind, Lopez stated that he would be willing to return to the Lakers on a pay cut if the team had put together a potential championship contender, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints:
Brook Lopez on whether he'd take a pay cut to stay with the #Lakers if they're title contender: "I think so."
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) April 12, 2018
Throughout this entire process, there has been the notion that stint for Lopez would likely last just one season given that his contract off the books would be a big part of the Lakers having enough cap space to offer two max deals in free agency. The _-year-old has expressed enjoyment in his first year with Los Angeles as one of the primary offensive contributors.
Lopez had his fair share of individual bright spots showing his ability to a more than capable offensive talent that can both score in the low post and from beyond the arc. In 74 games played, he averaged 13.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 34.5 percent from 3-point range along with 4.0 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per game.
Although his role was diminished than in years past, Lopez demonstrated that he can be an effective player regardless of how much time on the floor he had. There were plenty of strong moment as he became one of 10 players in NBA history to record at least 10,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 150 made 3-pointers. He also became the first Lakers center to hit at least 5 three-pointers in a game.
Ultimately, Lopez’s future in Los Angeles will be determined once the free agency period begins as it will dictate what lies ahead of him in his NBA career.