Report: Suns deal Lopez to Hornets in three-team deal

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The New Orleans Hornets reportedly have agreed to three-team trade that will bring them Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick.

In the deal, the Arizona Republic reported the Phoenix Suns would receive a conditional first-round pick and swingman Wesley Johnson from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota would receive retiring Brad Miller, along with his expiring contract, Jerome Dyson and two second-round picks from New Orleans.

The move would allow the Timberwolves to clear salary cap room to sign free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko

Lopez is a restricted free agent, but the sides aren't believed to be close and any talks weren't helped by the three-year, $25 million deal Omer Asik signed with Houston, according to the Republic. It is expected Lopez has agreed to a sign-and-trade deal in order to facilitate this trade.

Meanwhile, New Orleans currently has only Anthony Davis and Jason Smith as big men and is in need of a center.

Johnson, who was the No. 4 overall pick in 2010, averaged 6.0 points last season.
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