I've thought about this before as a potential target to trade for. There are a million and a half reasons why Lopez would not be available, but let's check on the one reason the might make it possible: D12. If The Magic believe they have a legitimate chance to resign D12 than they will more than likely not trade him. This opens the door for the Nets to make the salary cap play that many teams in 2010 did with LeBon and Wade....because they likewise with Orlando would assume they have a legit chance to land the guy (and obviously with D12 being a center....they would not have a need for a center).
Would Derrick Williams for Lopez be something you are interested in (I would assume the answer is yes) and do you also think it is something the Nets might be interested in? Maybe we add something else to the equation (like draft picks) but here is why I think this might be plausible:
Derrick Williams and say our protected picks we own would give the Nets a relatively similar package with which to offer the Magic. Obviously the exchange is Williams instead of Lopez, but if the Magic make that trade they are really making a trade for all the picks and then having a young talent to build around.
If the Nets keep Williams and wait out D12 Williams as a 4 would be a very ideal post tandem with Howard, and he is also on his rookie deal (i.e. not needing to be extended for bigger money like Lopez) so they would have an in-house potential 3rd member of a three man core to build around with Williams/Howard.
Is Lopez maybe the guy we should target with our Williams trade chip? Is it even possible? Would Lopez and Love be a good fit together? What are the thoughts of the CH nation