With Nets legend Jason Kidd recently hired as the team’s head coach, the draft set to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night and free agency beginning next week, it has been an exciting few weeks for the franchise.

But the excitement level around the Nets took a bit of a hit yesterday when the team announced All-Star center Brook Lopez had undergone surgery to replace a bent screw in his surgically repaired right foot following the end of this past season.

It marks the third time that Lopez has had a surgical procedure on that foot in the last 18 months, going back to when he originally injured it during the second preseason game against the Knicks just before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.

“In the X-rays they took [during Lopez’s postseason physical examination], they noticed the screw was bent, so just being proactive, they took it out,” Nets general manager Billy King said at the team’s practice facility yesterday. “He’ll be back in August. He was pain-free, so he didn’t even notice it was bentuntil the X-rays were taken.”

King said Lopez, who is in a walking boot after the procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, is healing properly and on schedule, and made it clear he wasn’t worried about any long-term ramifications from yet another procedure being done to his star center’s right foot.

“They just took [the bent screw] out and put another one in,” King said.

The general manager also said Lopez’s latest issue with his right foot would have no bearing on the team’s strategy entering the NBA Draft.

“It’s not a concern at all,” King said. “We know the guys we want to have, and Brook Lopez is our starter, so I’m not concerned at all.”