Suns might turn to Earl Barron

Unsigned free agent Earl Barron has emerged as the most probable replacement in Phoenix for injured Suns center Robin Lopez, according to sources close to the situation.

One source with knowledge of the Suns' thinking told ESPN.com on Monday night that Barron's signing in Phoenix is "likely" after the team announced earlier Monday that Lopez has suffered a moderate sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee.

Lopez is expected to be out several weeks, according to the Suns' press release. He has started all nine games for Phoenix in 2010-11, posting averages of 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.8 minutes.

Barron has been searching for a new team for weeks despite a very successful stint with the New York Knicks late last season in which he averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 in seven games.