Posted July 25, 2012

Report: Hornets close to acquiring C Robin Lopez in sign-and-trade

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the latest sign-and-trade in the NBA appears to be close to completion:

Robin Lopez is the less talented of the Lopez twins, but he is still an athletic defender and rebounder. (He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 14.0 minutes per game last season.) His presence would allow the Hornets to have a big body to pair with No. 1 pick Anthony Davis and give the team a stout back line of defense.

Hakim Warrick and Wesley Johnson — two former Syracuse Orangemen — have not met with much success in the NBA, hence the first-round pick obtained by the Suns could turn out to be the most valuable piece of this trade.

Wojnarowski first reported early Tuesday morning that the Hornets and Suns were trying to hash out a deal.