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Report: Robin Lopez about to be sent to Hornets in 3-team trade

Jul 24, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

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The Suns have been shopping Robin Lopez around this summer — with the emergence of Marcin Gortat as the guy they want at the five, Lopez became a tradable asset.

They apparently have found a home for him in the Big Easy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

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!

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.

There is another shoe to drop here, we’re not sure what Minnesota gets out of this. Woj says part of the package is the contract of the retiring Brad Miller, plus Jerome Dyson and draft picks. They will want more for giving up a former lottery pick (Johnson was No. 4 overall) and a future pick.

I like this for the Hornets. Anthony Davis is the future inside, but this gives coach Monty Williams options. He can play Davis at the four next to Lopez, or play Davis at center and have newly-signed Ryan Anderson as the stretch four. Warrick is a decent backup.

The Suns are rebuilding a first round pick has value to them. Johnson gets a fresh start on a team that has minutes to give, which is all he can ask for.

  1. spellingcopfather - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Would have been nice to trade Robin Lopez to NJ, (twin) towers!!!

    • londonaiooo - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Not sure that nickname would go down well in New York.

      • brewdogg - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        Clever!! “go down”…… Ha!

    • 3pointlegend - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Would be nice sans the name ? Always will be sensitivity to the mere mention of that in N.Y.C. , but BKLYN could’ve used him.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      As a native NYer, I have to inform you that the twin towers were in New York not in New Jersey.

      • bozosforall - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        New Jersey still has a team?

      • londonaiooo - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:23 AM

        I think the whole world knows that.

      • muhangis - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        Knightrider you’re a f’n lame dick. Your posts always come across as though you are one complete imbecile. no offense….

      • cjbsemperfi - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        As a non-NYer, everyone knows the twin towers were in NYC, and if you are going to respond in such a douchebag manner, at least know that the NETS are now in Brooklyn, which, correct me if I am wrong(I’m not) is in NY.

  2. blakegriffin32 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I’m sure Minny is getting something nice. I wonder!

    • brewdogg - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Hmmmm….Eric Gordon? Nah, I’m thinking it is Aminu, Henry, or Miller to play the 3. Some other juice depending on which one is the key piece. Or maybe, considering the timing, it might be part of another deal they are going to make to move Barea or Ridnour. Or both. This team is certainly going to look different.

    • Justin - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Salary cap room it looks like. KAAAAHHHHNNNNNN!!!!!!!

  3. sg419 - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Hello 8th seed in the west for the Hornets

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    I’m not sure how much Minny is going to be getting here. Wes Johnson’s contract is a liability, not an asset.

  5. jwreck - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Just the 8th? Nawlins has a long way to go to be a real contender, but Utah, Dallas, and Denver could all slip out of the playoff picture pretty easily, and there aren’t a whole lot of strong candidates to replace them. Minnesota should make a playoff push this year; but based on how good the Unibrow turns out to be, and how healthy Blake Griffin ends up, it’s imaginable that the Hornets could wind up as high as the sixth seed this year in the underwhelming Western Conference.

    • dgbk - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      A team that will be starting two rookies and a player who missed most of last season can make a jump to the sixth seed? Your predicting them going from 21 wins to 41 – 48 I don’t see it. I believe they will be improved but they will be lottery bound again. even though houston will drop off I still see denver and dallas making it. Portland and Minny should also be in the running for the 6,7,8 seeds. I can see them winning 30 plus games but playoffs might be a bit much.

      • scalfor3 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        dallas will be better than last year

    • passerby23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      As I see it, the top 8 teams in the West are:

      1. LA Lakers
      2. OKC
      3. LA Clippers
      4. San Antonio
      5. Denver
      6. Memphis
      7. Dallas
      8. Golden State/Utah

      N.O. is not a playoff team and I would even put Minnesota ahead of them. They are 2-3 players and some playoff experience away from being a contender.

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        I’d flip LA and OKC at the top, and slide Minny into where Dallas currently sits. But that feels about right.

      • passerby23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        If the T-wolves can acquire Kirilenko, I might include them in the playoff discussion. Right now, I still think they’re too young with not enough firepower. But, I’ve been wrong many times before.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:35 AM

      No way in hell is it feasable the Nuggets will miss the playoffs. The Nuggs can lose their whole starting 5 and barely skip a beat. That’s a team to watch out for next year.

      And pertaining to the article…how in the world does this help out the T-Wolves?? Horrible. Suns will make out like bandits. And NOLA, what’s going on there? Trying to take a page from the Rockets blueprint of stacking PF’s for no damn reason?

  6. connaniii - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Who’s going tu run the show with the Hornets; if Vasquez flounders?

  7. ron05342 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    This deal can’t go down as reported. Miller cannot be reacquired by Minnesota, under the current CBA.

    Credit: Mark Deeks ‏@MarkDeeksNBA

    “As others have said, Minnesota can’t trade for Brad Miller again this year. So either the details are misreported or the Wolves forgot this.”

    • skytzo425 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:47 AM

      The Suns are the team getting Brad Miller. On The Valley of The Suns and Yahoo it says the Suns are getting Johnson, a lottery protected first round pick and the retiring Brad Miller’s expiring contract. It says the Wolves are doing it to make room to sign AK47.

    • ron05342 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Woj is now reporting that Miller would go to the Suns…seems to have gotten more complicated, but the gist of this is the Suns sending Lopez and Warrick to Hornets, and the Hornets sending Miller (his contract) to the Suns. The T’Wolves will facilitate the deal by sending Johnson and a lottery-protected second round pick to the Suns.

      The T’Wolves benefit in this deal by receiving two future second round picks from the Hornets (and of course, clearing tons of cap space…speculation being that the T’Wolves are going after Andrei Kirilenko in free agency).–three-team-trade-could-lead-to-t-wolves-signing-andrei-kirilenko.html

      • ron05342 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        Better link:–three-team-trade-could-lead-to-t-wolves-signing-andrei-kirilenko.html

  8. alildusty - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM


    As a native new yorker you’d also know the nets are now in new York.

    You’re making us yankees sound stupid.

  9. diablito0402 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Nawlins? Ohh i get it, ebonics!!!

    • pgray1224 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      get a clue racist, That’s how many of the yats from New Orleans and the surrounding areas(white or black) pronounce New Orleans. We tend to shorten and combine words. Do you think Who Dat is ebonies? Who is that is going to beat the saints?

  10. juanandonly24 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    So the Wolves are just giving out 1st round picks now?

  11. labratre - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    No, fool, not Ebonics, that’s a thing they do down in New Orleans, they do different things with the city name. Like for instance, Nawlins, NOLA. Don’t speak on it if you don’t know, you open your mouth and make yourself sound very ignorant.

    • brewdogg - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      Oh, the sweet, delicious irony…….

      Don’t you dare open your mouth about the intentional misspelling of words as a reflection of the speech structure typically associated with the poor and undereducated denizens of the bayou. You just make yourself sound very ignorant. Ha!!

      Seriously, though, if you can’t mangle the English language properly, than it would be best if you just…well, you know…do it right. Leave idiocy to idiots.

    • letangusespertplus - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:31 AM

      its not something they do, it’s something they aren’t doing, its called enunciation. bunch of idiots.

  12. phreakin - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    I can’t believe we are gonna get a player AND a #1 pick for Lopez. He has ZERO passion or aggression, can’t rebound, and is lazy according to rumors. The suns would have taken a small pizza and a 40oz for him

    • skytzo425 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Totally agree, This is better than any best case scenario I would’ve thought would come out of the Robin Lopez Situation. While Wesley Johnson has been a disappointment thus far in his NBA career, he’s played for a slow moving offense in Minny. If he’s going to succeed he’ll do it in Phoenix, so to me it’s worth unloading Lopez and gaining a first Rounder to give Johnson a shot to become a stud in Phoenix.

  13. muhangis - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    The Wolves are a travesty! First they passed on Demarcus Cousins for the bust Wes Johnson, and year before turned down Stephen Curry for Jonny Flynn.

    David Kahn needs to pack his stuff and get out of town! On top, he traded away Beasley (just as he was developing into a very good player) for next to nothing. Selected w/ ’10 draft #20 pick Motiejunas rather than Kenneth Faried!!! Turning down the highly up-sided Jonah Valunciunas for thus-far-bust a Derrick Williams will also transpire into a tragedy as well. Before all this, he passed up on Joakim Noah to pick up bust Corey Brewer.

    And even after all this, they still couldn’t leave themselves a first pick in this past years deep and really talented draft, having traded that pick away already for nothing!

    He does not need to be making draft day decisions. Kahn COULD have a solid NBA championship level team right now, but he Kahn’t cause of his incompetent mindset!

    • skytzo425 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      The only good move Kahn has made is drafting Rubio and even that almost didn’t work out as he stayed in Spain for 2 more years and almost didn’t come last year.

  14. neauxgeaux44 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Listen to the N’awlins haters above. Just stay in your boring, no culture cities and leave us alone. We could really care less about irrelevant cities like yours or your lack of understanding of others….what a bunch of idiots….

    • brewdogg - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Oh, we understand you just fine. We just consider your little “cultured” city to be a large scale equivalent of a frat house, but with less intelligent people. I would explain it more fully, but I doubt someone who takes pride in a “culture” of ignorance and illiteracy will understand.

      The Bayou League, everything that the Ivy League is not!! Geaux Jeauxkes!!!

  15. jolink653 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    If this deal happens, it will help the Hornets a lot with some front court depth and I’ve like Warrick ever since he came out of Syracuse…He may not be a star but he’s a solid player and Robin Lopez can give you some physicality and rebounding underneath the basket…New Orleans has really made some nice moves this offseason and should be pretty competitive this season…Ryan Anderson is really underrated as a player and they got him for next to nothing

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