Warriors Trade Rumors Roundup, January 19th: Robin Lopez to Warriors?
The Golden State Warriors' quest for three-peat continues as they are currently back at the top of the Western Conference Standings with a 31-14 win-loss record. While the Warriors look like a force to reckon with (nothing unusual about it), riding on a six-game win streak, DeMarcus Cousins is all set to make his debut for the team and the things are expected to get worse for the opposition teams in the league.
However, the Warriors are in need of a veteran back up center who can give the team some key minutes coming off the bench. Robin Lopez can be that player who can give them exactly what they are looking for.
The Stanford product has not won a ring yet in his career and after being in the league for more than a decade, it makes absolute sense if he joins a championship-team like the Warriors. However, the road is not going to be easy for Robin to land on the Warriors because the Bulls are not willing to negotiate a buyout.
According to Chris Haynes' report :
The Chicago Bulls are adamant that they will not negotiate a buyout with center Robin Lopez, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Lopez’s representation has been in discussions with the Bulls’ front office about an exit strategy since late December, sources told Yahoo Sports, but the franchise intends to stand firm.
If the Bulls were to change course and reach a buyout agreement with Lopez, the Golden State Warriors would be his next destination, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Marc Stein of the New York Times first reported the Warriors’ interest in Lopez.
The Bulls have been reluctant to part ways with the 30-year-old 7-footer, who happens to be the oldest player on their roster. They would rather part with Lopez via trade to get an asset, sources said.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the future and where Robin Lopez would be during the time of playoffs.