Robin Lopez to join New York Knicks on four-year deal

Robin Lopez, Matt Barnes

Robin Lopez, right, and Matt Barnes chase a loose ball during a game between the Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers in 2014.

(Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

Robin Lopez and the New York Knicks have reportedly agreed on a four-year contract worth $54 million. 

Lopez, 27, averaged 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks with per game with 17 double doubles for the Portland Trail Blazers last season despite missing 23 games because of a broken wrist. Lopez can’t officially sign with the Knicks until July 9. 

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal Friday.

The 7-footer’s exit from the market leaves DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge as the only top-tier big-man prospects still available in free agency, which is just 2½ days old.


The Knicks are still holding out hope that Jordan might choose to take a max-level contract with New York over the Clippers or Dallas Mavericks, in which case Lopez’s deal would be void.

Lopez was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was traded to the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans) after four seasons in Phoenix.

With New Orleans, Lopez developed a stronger offensive game averaging a career-high 11.3 points per game after putting up six points or less in three of his four years with Phoenix. The Trail Blazers aqcuired Lopez via trade in 2013.

The cross-country move will put the defensive-minded Lopez in close proximity to his twin brother, Brook Lopez, who has also agreed to return to the Brooklyn Nets on a three-year deal worth $60 million. 


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