Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

3-Team Trade May Land Hornets Robin Lopez, Timberwolves Andrei Kirilenko

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

According to published reports, the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans are involved in trade talks that could send Andrei Kirilenko to Minny, Wesley Johnson to Phoenix, and Robin Lopez plus Hakim Warrick to New Orleans.

The deal also includes one protected first-round draft pick going to the Suns, and Brad Miller’s contract (Miller is retiring, and his contract can be waived.)

Per Yahoo! Sports:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are clearing salary-cap space to target free-agent forward Andrei Kirilenko by helping facilitate a three-team trade that would send Phoenix’s Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets, league sources said. The trade gathered momentum Tuesday night and centered on Lopez agreeing to a three-year, $15 million-plus contract and moving to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade agreement, league sources said.

Miller’s contract would go to the Suns, and Warrick would possibly move to the Hornets, sources said. New Orleans would also send two future second-round draft picks to Minnesota.

Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez would certainly make for an intriguing frontcourt for the Hornets.

Andrei Kirilenko has a “small” buyout from his team in Russia, according to his agent, and AK47 is determined to play in the NBA next season (for a salary of around $8 million a year, per reports.)

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  • Tyquez

    they gone be called block city hornets … Hope Johnson get pt

  • FnF

    The Minnesota Timberwolves, Where Affirmative Action Happens.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Hopefully, Wes Johnson can resurrect his career with the Suns (unlikely).

  • http://www.xvideos.com nbk troll

    Robin lopez and unibrow will be a tough frontcourt

  • pposse

    yo how many forwards are on the timberwolves roster now?

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    I like lopez on my suns team . Wes could be good though . . . Dunno. Suns certainly wont look like their older identities hey. . .

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Wesley Johnson will play well for Phx, but he is the same player as Shannon Brown. Why Phx, big for that small. LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    @ppose: not nearly enough. But seriously i kinda like this for minny kirilenko’s besically the same exact player that they want wes johnson to develop into. So now it’s certain that at least three players will play defense for the wolves.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Also I cant help but notice how the lineup in minny is slowly turning into a predominantly specific complexion. Just throwing that out there.

  • Mike From Spain

    @ Krishan -> It looks as though they were going for the whiteout … even the GM and the coach are white

  • LA Huey

    Love can continue to loaf on defense while AK does all the dirty work. AK plays well off the ball so he’ll thrive with Rubio.
    Will Minny go with an all-White starting 5? C Pekovic, PF Love, SF Kirilenko, SG Ridnour, PG Rubio

  • patrick

    AK not worth $8m/season imo!

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Im rooting for the T-Wolves to put an all-white starting 5 on the floor lol

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWqSmichOo RunNGun

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

  • Wanlee

    They should have kept Milicic, then trade williams for gasol/bargani, then sign nd trade beasely for gallinari! Lol

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    @patrick: I know right? I mean that’s omar asik/jeremy lin money! The audacity!

  • bike

    Wonder when the last time an all white starting lineup existed in the nba…?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    any trade the where the Suns could get rid of Hakim Warrick was a good trade for the Suns. And they got back a 1st round pick.

  • dma

    Minnesota Timberwhites.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • Matt

    Wolves only have DWill (pf/sf) Kevin Love (PF/C) Chad Bud (SF) and Dante C (PF) if AK47 signs with the Wolves he is their starting SF

  • http://slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    My comrade secret agent, sent to infiltrate….

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    This would be great for the Hornets, but would Lopez start ahead of Kaman? Also, I think a change of scenery will be good for AK47..

  • Bernie

    Kamans in Dallas now man

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^thanks… Kinda been outta the loop this summer with work…

  • logues

    if this happens, the twolves are looking pretty good this yr, esp if broy comes back and plays decent. they have a pretty deep team actually

  • Rainman

    If andrei cudnt strive off the ball with d will running the show, why wud it be any different with rubio? Regardless he’s gonna be a valuable defender in that line up tho for sure. And i like the deal for the suns, don’t sleep on what they were able to pull off there.

  • T-Money

    minnesota has 10 white dudes on its roster. i don’t think we’ve seen that since the 60s!

  • Gusist

    Hahah golden state are close, if you call steph curry white then apart fom Harrison barns you would have an all white starting 5