After signing shooting guard Arron Afflalo earlier in the day, the New York Knicks have now improved their front court. Former Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez has agreed to a deal with the New York Knicks, providing DeAndre Jordan does not join the team. The contract will last four years and pay our 54 million.
Lopez can’t officially sign the dotted line until July 9, but it is as close to official as it can get with this agreement.
The 27-year-old Stanford product averaged 9.6 PPG and 6.7 RPG this past season as a member of the Blazers. He will give the Knicks a defensive presence in the paint, something they sorely missed last season.
Lopez will be reunited with his teammate in Portland Arron Afflalo, and will now play in the same city as his brother Brook, who recently re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks next target will be LaMarcus Aldridge, although he is a long shot.