The New York Knicks missed out on Greg Monroe, but Phil Jackson quickly shifted his attention to Robin Lopez. The Knicks got a commitment from Lopez pending DeAndre Jordan‘s free-agent decision, and now Lopez is finalizing a deal:
The Knicks are finalizing a four-year, $54 million agreement with free agent center Robin Lopez, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 3, 2015
Jordan visited with the Knicks on Thursday, but he’s not expected to sign there and is believed to be choosing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks. As long as Jordan doesn’t surprise everybody, Lopez will be in New York.
Like Arron Afflalo before him, Lopez isn’t the big splash acquisition many Knicks fans may have been hoping for. But it’s clear that the big targets were a major long shot, and getting two solid role players instead isn’t bad at all. New York has a lot of holes, so adding multiple players to improve the team this offseason is a plus.
Assuming the Lopez deal goes down, the Knicks will still have around $7 million in cap space leftover, which will allow then to go after another solid role player. New York will also have the room exception of about $2.8 million to spend on a free agent.