HoopsHype Robin Lopez rumors

August 26, 2012 Updates

Lopez said he believes that when he and the 6-11 Davis are on the floor together on the defensive end, opposing players are going to have a tough time scoring on drives to the hoop. “From what I’ve seen of him, he’s fantastic,” Lopez said of Davis, who was the star of Kentucky’s 2012 national title team. “He’s got great timing, long athletic. I don’t think I’m too bad of a defensive player, so we make a heck of a tandem down there on the defensive end. Hopefully we can kind of close down some lanes.” The Advocate

Lopez said that although he is eager to do more basketball-related training on the court with his new teammates, he is trying not to rush back with more than two months still remaining before the regular season opens. The 24-year-old makes no secret, though, that he views his move to the Big Easy as a fresh start after struggling to live up to expectations as Phoenix’s 2008 first-round draft choice (15th overall). The Advocate

August 23, 2012 Updates

Since 2009, Lopez has had a foot fracture, a bulging disk and knee problems. A week after the Hornets acquired Lopez last month in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, he underwent successful surgery to correct a tear of his medial meniscus in his left knee. Lopez, however, has been doing his rehabilitation work at the Alario Center and is on schedule to be fully recovered before training camp begins this October, according to the Hornets. ``Right now I feel great honestly,’’ Lopez said Thursday at the Alario Center, his first media availability since the July 27 trade. ``I think I’m going to play it safe obviously. We still have to go before the season starts, so I’m not going to rush it or anything. But I’ll say I’m feeling good and I’m excited to be here.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 5, 2012 Updates
August 4, 2012 Updates

Ben Golliver: Hornets announce C Robin Lopez underwent surgery on medial meniscus tear in left knee. Third surgery for team in last week. Twitter

July 27, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets' acquisition of center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick is now official, according to a league source. Procedural issues in making the trade compliant with the NBA and its collective bargaining agreement rules, prevented consummation of the deal for the last two days. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Wolves received two second-round draft picks from New Orleans: a 2013 pick of the Brooklyn Nets and a 2016 pick originally belonging to the Wolves. Both picks were acquired by the Hornets in a July 13, 2012 trade. The Wolves also received a second-round draft pick from Phoenix, a 2014 pick of the Los Angeles Lakers that the Suns acquired on July 11, 2012. NBA.com

Also in the trade, Phoenix sent center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick to New Orleans and the Hornets sent guard Jerome Dyson and center Brad Miller to the Suns. Johnson spent two seasons with the Wolves, averaging 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 144 games (127 starts). Minnesota drafted Johnson in the first round (4th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. NBA.com

July 26, 2012 Updates

The chances of the Suns completing a trade that sends away Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick and brings in Wesley Johnson and a first-round pick improved Thursday, but its completion remained tenuous with resolution expected Friday. The three-way agreement among Phoenix, New Orleans and Minnesota did not completely fit collective bargaining agreement rules regarding what the Suns were receiving. Arizona Republic

July 25, 2012 Updates

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