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Report: Three-team Lopez trade completed, T-Wolves to sign Kirilenko

Jul 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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News of a three-team trade that sends Robin Lopez to New Orleans leaked out a couple days ago but it took some tweaks around the edges to make it comply with league rules. Finally, it got there, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The trade sends Lopez and Hakim Warrick from Phoenix to New Orleans; Wesley Johnson, Brad Miller’s expiring contract and plus a lottery-protected first-round draft pick goes to the Suns; and the Timberwolves get Jerome Dyson and two future second-round draft picks from New Orleans.

That creates enough cap space for Minnesota to sign Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year, $20 million contract. That is done now as well.

Yes, that is overpaying for Kirilenko, who has always played very well in spurts but has battled injuries and inconsistency his entire career. Kirilenko spent the lockout season playing for CSKA Moscow but wanted to come back to the NBA if the price was right. This qualifies.

Hornets coach Monty Williams now has some versatility along the front line. He can start Lopez at center and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis at the four, and bring Ryan Anderson off the bench. Or, he can go smaller with Davis at the five and Anderson at the four. A solid player in Jason Smith backs them all up.

For the Suns, it’s a step toward the post-Nash rebuilding. Johnson gets the chance to live up to his No. 4 pick status, and they get another pick out of it. Brad Miller will be bought out for $800,000 and retire.

  1. dlhouse18 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    It’s not really overpaying with the rules of the new CBA. You keep griping about how bad it is for the Timberwolves, but in reality it’s a pretty good sign.

  2. minnesotablizzard - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    AK-47 is not overpaid.

    Rudy Gay $16.4
    Iggy $14.7
    Deng $13.3
    Granger $13.00
    Batum $11.00
    Richard Jefferson $10.1
    Stephen Jackson $10.00
    Gerald Wallace $9.6
    Shawn Marion $8.6
    Caron Butler $8.0
    Thad Young $8.0

    AK-47 is perfectly paid. IF he has a bad season, he becomes a $10mil expiring contract trade chip the following season. Win-Win.

  3. alexjm3449 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Dyson went to phx….

    • garyandersonsleftfoot - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      Yup, Dyson goes to phx and Minnesota gets a package of draft picks, more than the 2 mentioned.

  4. buck2buckus - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Seriously the wolves may field an all white starting line up. Has to have been a while since that has happened. At least 30 years if it is an opening day starting line up (in other words not because of injury) Although Roy probably will start, but interesting anyways. Maybe Kahn is a secret Neo-Nazi or just wants to try and field a Euro league all star team (and a really good player from Portland)

  5. donrwells3 - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    I really like how this New Orleans squad is shaping up, but the Wolves (if healthy) are going to be pretty nasty!!

    They are spectacular at the 1 and the 4 but now very good at the 3!

    JJ Barea was a beast off the bench in the Dallas championship run, I’m not sure how well he plays the 2.

    Pekovic, although smaller than most centers, was a force for them with 14 PPG, 7 RPG on 27 minutes played.

    Although not a championship, I definitely feel that they have a shot at a playoff run!

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