Knicks finally closing in on free agency signing to excite fans

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The Knicks have endured a frustrating start to the free agency period with a number of top names appearing to have flat out rejected the chance to head to New York.

But, whilst the likes of Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge have turned down the famous franchise, Knicks fans have been given some positive news concerning one of Aldridge's Trail Blazers teammates.

Making progress

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have opened discussions with Robin Lopez - putting a significant amount of dollars on the negotiating table in the process.


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Lopez may not be of the same top-tier calibre as those who have already turned down the Knicks, but his signing would still prove an astute one as Phil Jackson and co look to put in some solid foundations for a rebuild this offseason.

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The 27-year-old California native is known in the NBA for his defensive prowess but has also shown some capability at the other end of the court - averaging just under 10 points for Portland last season.

His arrival would give the franchise a stronger look on defense and also allow star man Carmelo Anthony to revert to a power forward role that would aid their scoring ability.

The Knicks are still thought to be interested in acquiring DeAndre Jordan as their big man this summer but, aware of recent rejections, they are making plans to secure their Plan B option early.


New York are not the only team in play for Robin Lopez, however, with Woj noting that the Los Angeles Lakers are also a consideration at this point.

The Lakers, like the Knicks, have struggled to get anything to stick in free agency so far, and are likely to be competing with New York for a similar calibre of player for the remainder of the busy period.

Should Lopez opt to join his brother in New York - Brook is a member of the Brooklyn Nets - his $12-13 million deal would leave the Knicks with around $7 million to play with in salary.

Knicks fans: Would Robin Lopez's arrival make up for other missed opportunities? Have your say in the comments below...

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