Frontcourt Tandem Expected To Remain Intact On Multi-Year Deals

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young are reportedly staying in Brooklyn.

The two frontcourt players who opted out of their deals last month have agreed to re-sign with the Nets, according to ESPN.com. The NBA’s free agency negotiating period began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

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“Consider them done deals,” a source told the website.

Lopez, 27, averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 2014-15 (72 games) after missing most of the prior season due to foot surgery. Nets general manager Billy King said bringing back the 7-footer, who was drafted by the franchise 10th overall in 2008, would be a priority.

Young was acquired Feb. 19 in a trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Minnesota. The 27-year-old forward averaged 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28 games for Brooklyn.

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The Nets are expected to re-sign Lopez for three years at around $60 million, according to ESPN.com. Young’s contract was reported to be four years in the neighborhood of $50 million.

Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Deals consummated during the negotiating period can’t become official until July 9.

The Nets finished 38-44 last season and were ousted by Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs.

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Brooklyn drafted Syracuse forward Chris McCullough with the 29th pick in this year’s draft and traded big man Mason Plumlee to Portland for guard Steve Blake and the rights to first-round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. There could more moves in the making. Seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson is believed to be available via trade and some believe the Nets should try to find a taker for veteran guard Deron Williams.