NBA free agency starts today at 6:00 PM Eastern Time and things are about to get wild for the Milwaukee Bucks. Well, that is just speculation, but the team and fans will finally start getting clearer answers to the questions surrounding their free agents.
One of these free agents in center Brook Lopez, who was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year this past season. According to Kelly Iko of The Athletic, he is scheduled to meet with the Houston Rockets once free agency starts today.
The Houston Rockets Have Been Rumored to Want to Sign Brook Lopez
According to Iko:
“Ahead of the beginning of free agency, Houston’s brass traveled to Los Angeles to set up camp and prepare for a number of meetings that will take place over the next few days. At the outset, they will meet with with wing Dillon Brooks and center Brook Lopez, league sources say.”
The Rockets have about $64 million in salary cap space available, so they are indeed predicted to be big players in the free agent market. That being said, this meeting may just be a formality for Lopez.
Multiple NBA Insiders Report Brook Lopez Is Likely to Remain with the Milwaukee Bucks
It is not uncommon for workers in any profession to test the waters and do job interviews just to see what is out there, without the intention of leaving their current job. It appears that this is the case for Lopez, who multiple sources say is likely to re-sign with Milwaukee.
While the Rockets have a ton of cap space, the Bucks can also offer him a three-year contract worth $54 million, good for $18 million per year. It is hard to imagine the Rockets offering him more than that much per year anyway.
If he were their top free agent target, it would make sense for them to overpay for Lopez. However, Iko revealed the Rockets’ free agent Big Board, and Lopez is third behind Fred Van Vleet and Dillon Brooks. Other centers on their board are Jakob Poeltl, Dwight Powell, and Grant Williams.
It is a good sign that they have so many centers on their list after Lopez. It indicates they do not have much hope of signing him and have several backup options available.