Lopez was traded Wednesday to the Bulls along with Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon in exchange for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. With Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah set to become free agents this offseason and both players expected to head to new locales, Lopez should slot in as the Bulls' starting center on the heels of a respectable first season with the Knicks. While playing all 82 games in 2015-16, Lopez averaged 10.3 points (on 53.9% shooting from the field), 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He'll give the Bulls the sort of physical presence down low that they were missing for much of last season while Noah was injured, but shouldn't be expected to notice much further growth in his offensive game as he enters his age-28 season.
Lopez scored 24 points (9-17 FG, 6-12 FT) while adding 15 rebounds, three blocks, and one assist across 28 minutes during the Knicks' 109-102 win against the 76ers on Friday. Lopez took the 76ers to school on Friday, scoring a team-high 24 points while contributing a game-high 15 rebounds and three blocks. Despite playing the fewest minutes he has seen in the last six games, Lopez turned in one of his best performances of the season, notching his 15th double-double in the process. Though the Knicks don't have anything to play for besides pride, it doesn't seem that interim coach Kurt Rambis plans to rest his healthy regulars much down the stretch.
Lopez scored 10 points (5-16 FG) while adding 15 rebounds, six blocks and three assists in 35 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pacers. It's just his 14th double-double on the season, although three of them have come in the last eight games. Lopez is averaging 10.9 points, 9.9 boards and 2.6 blocks over that stretch, and with little competition for minutes he should be able to remain productive over the final four games of the season.
Lopez totaled 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists across 33 minutes during the Knicks' 115-107 win against the Knicks on Wednesday. Lopez delivered his 13th double-double of the season on Wednesday, and only one of those was before January. Lopez has had a few duds this month, but he is still contributing 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.5 assists in 30 minutes per game through 11 March matchups.
Lopez finished with 23 points (9-20 FG, 5-7 FT), 20 rebounds, two blocks and one steal over 38 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Kings. Lopez was an absolute beast on the boards, grabbing a season-high 20 rebounds to along with 23 big points for the Knicks, his second-highest total this year. Even with the Knicks floundering on offense, the veteran big man continues to put up numbers on both ends. He remains a great mid-tier center.
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