The report notes Lopez's connection with New Orleans and new head coach Alvin Gentry.
Lopez is expected to have a list of suitors on July 1, and his connection to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been clear around the NBA. Gentry coached Lopez during the seven-foot center's first four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.
The Portland Trail Blazers will have a voice in Lopez's decision; they reportedly want to retain him as well.
The Blazers will assuredly pursue re-signing Lopez, too. The 27-year-old big man stabilized Portland's center position over the past two seasons alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2014-15, and there is believed to be an interest for Lopez to play with Aldridge again next season.
The free agent negotiation period begins tonight at midnight Eastern, 9:00 p.m. Pacific.