Free-agent center Brook Lopez has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told ESPN.
Lopez, 30, will sign a one-year deal for the biannual exception of $3.4 million, the sources said.
Lopez spent one season with the Lakers where he was one of the key pieces of the puzzle averaging 13.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor and 34.5 percent from beyond the arc with 4.0 rebounds in 74 games played. This saw him reach double figures 47 times, including 14 games with at least 20 points, and one 30-point outing.
The 30-year-old has expanded his offensive game over the last couple of campaigns to extend beyond the arc as he’s now one of five centers in NBA history to hit at least 125 3-pointers in a single season. This included him becoming the first Lakers center in franchise history to hit at least five 3-pointers in a single game while also joining Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye as the only centers to notch 30 points and 10 rebounds with six three-pointers made since at least the 1983-84 season.
Prior to this move, there had been some chatter that the Lakers could look to bring back Lopez in some capacity given their need to add more firepower in the frontcourt. During his exit interview with the media, he did indicate that he may be interested in returning to Los Angeles on a more inexpensive deal if the team put together a potential title contender.
It is likely that things had changed on both sides that opened up the scenario for him to play with Milwaukee and help be a part of a promising team in the Eastern Conference. Lopez should be in line to be the starter for the Bucks next season in their frontcourt.
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