Robin Lopez Expected to Be Out 'Several Weeks' With Sprained Knee
The plan for now is to start Channing Frye in Lopez's place, with the possibility of a roster move on the horizon. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic tweeted that the Suns may add Earl Barron, a seven-footer who averaged over 11 points and 11 rebounds in seven appearances for the Knicks near the end of last season.
Before Monday's game against Denver, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry talked about Frye replacing Lopez in the starting lineup, but made it clear that after that, how the minutes get divided up is anyone's guess.
"We'll start Channing, and then we'll just kind of play it by ear from there," Gentry said. "We're not a team that ever has set rotations; we get guys in the game at different times. Really about the only set rotation we have is, we try to make sure Grant Hill plays the first six or seven minutes, and then get him out because we like to try to preserve him for defensive purposes in the third and fourth quarter."
As for whether or not Garret Siler or Gani Lawal might be ready to contribute, Gentry certainly seemed open to that possibility.
"Somebody's going to have to step up," Gentry said. "The one thing that I talk about all the time, and I said this at training camp: If you're on an NBA team, at some stage during the season, you'll get an opportunity to perform. That's just the way it is. It's too long of a season, there's too many bumps and bruises and injuries that happen, and at some stage, you'll be asked to step in and perform."
Lopez had started all nine games for the Suns this season, averaging just over five points and four rebounds, in just under 18 minutes per game.