The Hornets, Timberwolves and Suns are reportedly working on a three-team trade that would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans, and Wesley Johnson plus a first round pick to Phoenix.
As of this time it’s unclear what’s going to Minnesota but, seeing as they’re giving up a former first round pick and a future first round pick, it’s probably something pretty solid.
Phoenix’s ambivalence towards retaining Lopez has been apparent all summer, and the only reason a deal hasn’t been made up to this point is because Suns management had bigger fish to fry. Last year, through 64 games, Lopez averaged five points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action per outing.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves’ decision to let go of Johnson isn’t especially surprising either given his lack of production since being drafted No. 4 overall in 2010; it is worth noting that we still don’t know what Minny is getting back for Johnson, though (and the future pick, which is arguably more valuable). Last year, through 65 games, the Syracuse product averaged six points and three rebounds in 23 minutes of action per outing.
As usual, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports broke the story.
Hornets, Suns, Wolves are nearing agreement on a 3-way deal that would send Robin Lopez to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 24, 2012
Along with Lopez, Suns would send Hakim Warrick to Hornets. Minny would send Wesley Johnson and a 1st round pick to the Suns, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 24, 2012
This seems like a solid move for all involved (except Minnesota, because we don’t know what they’re getting back.) Phoenix gets a pick and a young guy who was once deemed good enough to be a top-4 selection, and New Orleans gets a backup for Anthony Davis plus some depth. Win-win for now.
At least part of package back to Minny would include Brad Miller (his contract), Jerome Dyson and draft picks, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 24, 2012
For Wolves, deal clears cap space and apparently is a prelude to another potential signing or deal, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2012