The New Orleans Hornets are having quite the offseason as they are close to getting Robin Lopez from the Phoenix Suns in a three team sign and trade deal that also includes the Minnesota Timberwolves. This deal will give the Hornets another big guy to play in the post.
Getting Lopez is going to be great for Anthony Davis. Davis will have a guy who can play the 5 so that he can focus on playing the four. That will be great for his development and he will not be getting beat up inside. The Hornets moved a bunch of size this offseason so getting some back is a big deal.
Robin Lopez was going to be too expensive to keep for Phoenix and they have been moving a lot of pieces around this summer. Their roster is interesting and it could work out with some great results. It could also be a disaster. There really is no other way for it to go.
This move is a sneaky good one in a sea of sneaky good ones for NO this offseason. They have shaped a roster that can contend for a playoff spot this year if everything breaks night. At the very least, they should be back in the playoff hunt next season. That is quite a turnaround from being a team that no one wanted to buy. Adding big pieces like Davis certainly does not hurt
This deal is not done and could fall apart but the Hornets really want Lopez. The rest of the deal is unknown at this time, but it looks like a great deal for the Hornets. Davis doesn’t get murdered during his first year in the league and the Hornets add more talent. Phoenix cuts salary and does not have to overpay a guy.