Lopez will be held out of Tuesday's preseason game against the Thunder for rest purposes, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Lopez joins the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe as players getting the night off for rest. With four additional players also sitting out with injuries, the Bucks will be short on bodies and could be a team to target for cheap value plays in Tuesday's preseason DFS slate. Look for the whole group to rejoin the lineup for Friday's exhibition finale.
Lopez's deal is reportedly for the bi-annual exception, which should pay the big man roughly $3.5 million. He's coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged just 23.4 minutes, which was his lowest mark since entering the league. Still, Lopez was effective during that time and added 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.5 three-pointers. He'll provide a big, shot-blocking presence in the lane, though he does hit the deep ball at a solid rate and should also help the Bucks stretch the floor a bit. Lopez could push for a starting role, but the 30-year-old will have to battle for playing time with the likes of John Henson and Thon Maker.
Lopez's scoring, rebounding and assist totals greatly declined from last season as it may have been the result of coach Luke Walton's offensive system with the Lakers. Another probable reason was his field-goal and free-throw percentages were his lowest in six years as well. Lopez will be a free agent this summer and will likely attract attention from teams needing a reliable post presence.
Lopez collected 12 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and four rebounds across 16 minutes in a 105-99 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.
Lopez's minutes were at their lowest since Jan. 31, but he was highly efficient with his modest time on the court. The veteran big man has been plagued by back soreness for several games and continued to play through it, so it wouldn't be altogether surprising if he takes a seat for Wednesday's finale versus the Clippers. The 30-year-old has seen a downturn in April, averaging just 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 22.8 minutes in six contests.
Lopez (back) was held scoreless (0-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt) over 22 minutes in Sunday's 112-97 loss to the Jazz and added five rebounds and three assists.
The veteran once again played through his persistent back soreness, although his final stat line was extremely forgettable from an offensive perspective. Lopez put together an excellent March in which he often flashed his trademark offensive skills in coach Luke Walton's fast-paced attack, but he's produced just two double-digit scoring efforts in five April games. With only two contests remaining in the regular season and his back issues an ongoing problem, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see Lopez take a seat in that pair of games.
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