Brook Lopez Has Foot Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks
Ever since the waning days of the NBA Lockout, one of the biggest trade rumors to surface was a deal featuring Brook Lopez going to Orlando for Dwight Howard. However, after what’s gone down the last 48 hours, that trade will more than likely never happen.
After suffering a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during Wednesday night’s preseason game at the New York Knicks, Nets center Brook Lopez had surgery this morning to stabilize the fracture. The 23-year-old is expected to be out six to eight weeks, and should begin rehab in about two weeks.
Following the surgery, foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley stated, “A single screw was inserted into the bone to stabilize the fracture and speed up the healing process. He was placed in a boot and will walk with the aid of crutches.” O’Malley performed the surgery with Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III.
As a result of the injury, New Jersey took action and acquired a short-term replacement for Lopez. The Nets traded a 2015 second-round pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for 32-year-old veteran Mehmet Okur. The 6-foot-11 center is due to make almost 11 million dollars this season, which is the final year of his current contract.