Lopez, Warrick beef up NOLA frontcourt
The 7-foot Lopez started 94 games at center over the first three seasons of his NBA career with Phoenix, including 56 times out of 67 total appearances during the 2010-11 campaign. After the Suns acquired center Marcin Gortat midway through that season, Gortat eventually took over starting duties. As a result, Lopez came off the bench in all of his 64 games during the abbreviated 2011-12 season, his fourth pro year.
After selecting Anthony Davis, a projected power forward, in the draft, Demps said he would fill the “5” position this summer by other means.
The 6-foot-9 Warrick has played seven seasons in the NBA, with Memphis, Chicago and Phoenix. His arrival in New Orleans will mark a return to the site of the most memorable moment of his basketball career. In 2003, as a key member of the Syracuse men’s basketball team, he helped lead the Orange to a national title game victory over Kansas in the Superdome. Warrick’s blocked shot of Kansas guard Michael Lee in the final few seconds helped preserve an 81-78 win.
While Warrick is primarily known as a power forward, he’s also slid over to small forward at times in the NBA, giving the Hornets another option in their frontcourt. Warrick, who turned 30 on July 7, is the oldest New Orleans player currently under contract for next season.