As for the Lopez buyout, that talk won’t get serious until right before the March 1 deadline for players to be waived and still be playoff eligible when they sign with their new teams. Bulls executive vice president John Paxson already is on record with his anti-buyout stance. Lopez is on record as saying he doesn’t like to rock the boat. It’s fluid, and both of those stances certainly can change in this instance because Lopez has represented the Bulls so well. But if you’re asking for my prediction, I say Lopez stays.
Storyline: Robin Lopez Buyout?
It’s been 2 weeks since Bobby Portis was traded to the Washington Wizards, but the dude is clearly still upset with the Chicago Bulls … telling TMZ Sports how the team straight “blindsided” him. “I was very disappointed,” Porter tells us … “I was getting ready for a game, not knowing it was gonna happen … you know, getting blindsided. But, I’m just happy to be with a team now that really wants me. I can’t wait to get back started.”