Originally Posted by Metairie Hornet
I would love no more than to move Lopez to a team in need of a Center and get Javale McGee. He is buried as 3rd Center on the Nuggets behind 7's Koufkos and Mozgov. Maybe Nuggets will without 3rd team because they love the team options of Lopez. I would take Javale McGee's 4 year $34 million guaranteed in a heartbeat. Maybe the nuggets take Lopez's 3 year $15 million team options. Both make a lot of sense, Hornets get McGee for cheaper then would have in free agent market. Nuggets get tradable piece in return for McGee instead of losing him for nothing last off season. Maybe we have to throw in something else but not much to make trade happen. As long as it isn't involving trading part of our core we should do whatever it takes. If McGee could even show minor improvement each year offensively and defensively like Deandre Jordan did this off season then watch out! Monty and staff developing him while playing alongside Davis will be best thing for him and his career. McGee next to Davis is the best defensive big man duo in the NBA for the next Decade. Nobody would pick&roll us or attempt to drive!! They will be one young deadly Defensive & Offensive tandem for many years to come. Guards would have field days running pick&roll with these two on the court together. Plus the added mid ranger once developed from Davis. Then you throw in Anderson and Smith to be back ups and allow the pick&pop game to be thrown in with rotations of players. We would hands down have the best 4 big man rotation for a decade or longer. Please Dealer Dell make this happen!
that AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA is supposed to be David Wesley. I forgot his name and didn't have internet when I wrote this. I used AAAAAAAAAAA as a placeholder and forgot about it. whoopsies.
Is it sad that a medicore center will be the starting center for the Hornets? Yes. But have you truly evaluated other centers around the league? There are not many true centers out there especially at Lopez's age. We get the privilege of dropping Warrick's contract for next season's cap space when all the hype of this season's over and all we gave up was some draft picks, a d-league-er, and watch the T-Wolves spend a butt ton of money chasing after a int'l forward. Exactly how did the Hornets "lose" in this trade? Of course Suns fans are going to say that instead of "wow we really got bent over a chair after losing our bid for Gordon!"
Robin Lopez doesn't rebound, you say? Well, no, actually, he's not a very good rebounder and I don't think he ever will be...if you only measure rebounding by individual rebounds.
In this era of advanced stats, there's still no on-court/ off-court rebounding plus/minus but when we ran those numbers ourselves in 2010 the results were remarkable. The Suns net rebounding rate improved 7.5 points once Robin "got into the game" and that wasn't because Amar'e Stoudemire suddenly started chewing glass and spitting up boards.
What Lopez does is put his wide hips in the other team's biggest guy and gets his long arms on balls. He slows down fast breaks by tipping the rock out of bounds and he opens up rebounding opportunities for wing players that know how to rebound.
During that stretch in his second year, Robin was well on his way to a very respectable career before he blew out a disc in his back that pinched a nerve going down his right leg.
It's also a fantastic situation for Robin to go to a new team with a new coach where the fans haven't been poisoned against him by a team that didn't support him through the recovery from an injury that took EIGHT INCHES off his vertical ... a fact only admitted to publicly by his coach at the end of the 2011 season after months of hearing him get killed on talk radio.