Suns may let Robin Lopez become free agent

Robin Lopez

When the Suns selected Robin Lopez 15th overall in the 2008 draft, he was considered the franchise’s center of the future.

His future with the Suns now appears it will be left to July free agency. The Suns have until Wednesday to come to a contract extension with Lopez but that appears unlikely. Lopez would then become a restricted free agent on July 1, meaning the Suns still could match any other team’s offer sheet to him.

Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said he has had several discussions with Lopez’s agent, Arn Tellem, to inquire about an extension.

“We have talked to see if there was any common ground worth pursuing and I’d say it’s unlikely at this time,” Babby said. “It’s been a completely amicable process. There really isn’t any basis for doing a deal and we’ll look at it again in the summer.”

— Reported by Paul Coro of theĀ Arizona Republic

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