Impact of the Brook Lopez injury

Brook Lopez could still be part of a trade that brings Dwight Howard to the Nets. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images

The most significant injury of the young NBA season happened during last week's preseason action, when New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez suffered a non-displaced stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. After Lopez underwent surgery, the team announced that Lopez would miss six to eight weeks.

While his absence will certainly be costly to the Nets' playoff hopes, it may not derail the team's long-term plans -- and its chances to land Dwight Howard prior to this year's trade deadline.