Coming off a highly productive season with the Washington Wizards, where he filled in nicely at center, Robin Lopez will once again be a free agent this summer. It can be expected that plenty of teams will come calling. With Thomas Bryant expected to be back healthy next season and Lopez having a strong desire to be a starter, he more than likely won't be returning to the nation's capital next season.
After showcasing a new and improved post game and providing stellar rim protection for the Wizards this past season, he most certainly will be in high demand at the start of free agency. Having said all this, let's take a look at the four teams where Robin Lopez could find the right fit as starting center in 2021 NBA free agency.
Robin Lopez landing spots:
Golden State Warriors
Aside from lacking efficient scoring on their roster this past season, another major weakness the Warriors had all year long was a lack of depth and size in their frontcourt. The addition of Robin Lopez would give Golden State another big body outside of James Wiseman and Kevon Looney while giving them an elite rebounder, shot blocker, and legit lob threat.
Plus with Lopez's plethora of post moves, he would perfectly space the floor for them and create more opportunities on offense for Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Adding Robin Lopez to a Warriors team that has a strong mix of veteran stars and young talent would give them another battle tested veteran and a strong interior defender that Steve Kerr could rely on in the playoffs.
After a disappointing finish to the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Miami Heat are looking to do some serious roster overhaul this summer. A key area of weakness for them over the past few seasons has been their lack of size and length down low. The addition of Robin Lopez instantly solves that problem and gives them a solid veteran presence at the center spot. This would also spare Bam Adebayo the burden of having to constantly alternate between power forward and center.
Having Robin Lopez as their starting center would allow Bam to thrive at power forward and give them one of the best frontcourts in the league with Jimmy Butler operating at small forward. This would also give them a dynamic two-way frontcourt that would mesmerize teams on both ends of the floor.
Miami signing Robin Lopez this offseason would make for a great addition and give head coach Erik Spoelstra another savvy veteran to work with who would perfectly embody the Heat culture.
Looking to bounce back big next season and make a deep playoff run, the Brooklyn Nets desperately need to shore up their front line. After getting outrebounded to no avail in their second round series against the Bucks, the Nets could definitely use more help down low. Enter Robin Lopez, a free agent-to-be who will be looking for a change of scenery this summer
Inserting Lopez as the Nets' starting center would be instrumental and give them arguably the most complete starting five in the NBA with Robin Lopez, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Joe Harris to start and close out games for them all season long.
On the Nets, Robin Lopez could be the missing link to get them into the NBA Finals and possibly help them win their first title in franchise history.
Los Angeles Clippers
With the strong possibility of the Clippers not bringing back DeMarcus Cousins next season, the signing of Robin Lopez would be a welcome one that would give them better rim protection and elite interior defense. Given the menaces this team already possesses with Patrick Beverly, Marcus Morris, and Reggie Jackson, Lopez gives them a trouble making center who provide meaningful minutes for them on both ends of the floor.
Between Lopez and Ivica Zubac, LA would have two centers on their roster that can run the floor and finish strong at the rim. This would also give them much needed depth at the center spot that has been a major flaw of theirs over the past couple of years. Considering the Clippers were only two games away from their first ever finals appearance, they may only be a healthy Kawhi Leonard and legitimate center away from going all the way, and Robin Lopez could be their answer at center.