NBA trade rumors today are about not so obvious possibilities concerning the New York Knicks and whether or not they are going to be a buyer or a seller. At 14-15, the Knicks is in a place where they could go both ways. But everything is pretty fluid at this point, and things would only solidify as we approach February—especially if the team falls out of the race. And at the moment, analytical fingers point to Robin Lopez.
Detroit Pistons for Robin Lopez?
Only acquired this July 2015, Robin Lopez was the hoped-for offensive weapon. The New York Knicks latched its hope upon Lopez’s star this summer, even substantiating it with a four-year, $54 million deal. But averaging only 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.6 minutes throughout the first 29 games of the year, Robin Lopez didn’t turn out to be the said knight in shining armor. Hence, NBA rumors arose concerning Lopez getting benched, with the team supposedly to give the center instead to rookie Kristaps Porzingis, although this didn’t happen—at least not yet.
Detroit Pistons, given all options, appears to be a potential place for Robin Lopez to go. The Pistons are currently 16-12 in standing, and they will definitely be in the thick of the race for the playoffs at the trade deadline. The Detroit Piston can regard Lopez as a possible backup for someone like Andre Drummond.
New York Knicks has the kind of bench and roster that simply make Robin Lopez seemingly expendable. The team simply needs someone that can effectively get inside—and it is a need that makes Robin Lopez’s time with the Knicks truly short. When seen on the other side of the fence, Lopez’s value I best appreciated depending on his potential landing spots: Houston Rockets and Detroit Piston. Of the two, however, it is the Pistons that could really use Lopez. The team needs further depth behind Andre Drummond, and Lopez could very well serve that position.
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