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Nets' leading scorer lost to broken foot

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- General manager Billy King said Sunday that the Brooklyn Nets are disappointed by the latest injury to Brook Lopez, but are not in panic mode.

Lopez broke his right foot again, leaving the Nets (9-17) without their leading scorer. King said he will see if there are any worthwhile trades, but is confident in the players he already has.

"When you get an injury like this, everybody calls you. Every agent that has a big guy on the sideline calls to offer their services," King said.

"But we had been in discussions with a lot of teams up to this point. 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."

Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot, the same injury he sustained during a preseason game before the 2011-12 season. He played just five games that season, returned to make his first All-Star game last season, but then had to undergo another surgery to repair a screw that was bent after the team was eliminated in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

He had recently returned from a sprained left ankle and was averaging 20.7 points per game.


-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2013 C4

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