#Knicks have planned to meet with FA center Robin Lopez in Los Angeles while in town to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge, league sources say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 1, 2015
While Aldridge to the Knicks seems multiple standard deviations beyond "LOL nah," Lopez isn't some consolation prize. He's young (27), large (7'0", 255), and seemingly bereft of the foot problems that plague his twin brother Brook, having played all 82 games in 2013 and 2014 and on pace to again last year before breaking his hand. For his career, his per 36 numbers are 14 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He's strong and he's smart; he doesn't try to do things he can't do. More than half his shots come from three feet and in. If you're going to compete against Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, Tiago Splitter, and frontlines like Chicago's and Washington's, you need guys like Robin Lopez.
New Orleans and Milwaukee are also said to be pursuing RoLo; Portland may still be interested, too. He played for the
Hornets Bobcats Pelicans in 2013 and is a natural fit alongside Anthony Davis. The Bucks have built a roster full of Mr. Fantastics and could use a Thing in their frontcourt.
From the Knick perspective, Lopez is a true center who'd allow Carmelo Anthony to play power forward. The Knicks have said they want a big. Robin Lopez, who doesn't seem likely to break the bank, is about as big as they come.