Lopez nearly ready to return, none too soon

Published Dec. 13, 2010 10:11 a.m. ET

By Randy Hill

Wednesday is threatening to become relatively important in the near and wobbly future of this season's Phoenix Suns.

For starters, more uniformed personnel will, by NBA rule, be available for trading. This includes recently hired free agents, who are eligible to be victims of buyer's remorse on or after Dec. 15. And while these specific qualifiers are successful pick-roll-and-dunk-specialist Hakim Warrick and former Lon Babby client Josh Childress, it's good to know the Suns have the league's blessing in getting rid of anyone for the right return.

And a big (as in big man) return seems to be in order about now.

See, it recently has come to our attention that