The New Jersey Nets have decided to shut down center Brook Lopez after injuries have limited him to just five games this season, according to NBA.com.
"He is healing nicely but with 10 games to go and him being a free agent and looking for the future, we'll sit him down for the rest of this year," said Nets general manager Billy King. "It was a collective effort. I talked to Arn Tellem in L.A. and we decided I didn't want to make the decision for Brook because with him being a free agent. But everybody thought it best for the young center not to risk anything the rest of this year."
Lopez missed the first 32 games of the season with a broken food and then sprained his right ankle after five games. He aggravated his injury and has not returned. In the five games he played, Lopez averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.