Mar. 27, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez during game against the San Antonio Spurs at the US Airways Center. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Reports: Minnesota, Phoenix, And New Orleans Working On A Deal

Reports have surfaced that the Minnesota Timberwolves is currently involved in a 3-team trade that involves Phoenix Suns big man Robin Lopez, who the Suns have been marketing this off-season, Suns forward Hakim Warrick, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Wesley Johnson. The other team involved in this possible/rumored deal is the New Orleans Hornets who are to receive Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick. Phoenix is to receive Wesley Johnson and a first overall pick from Minnesota.

With Marcin Gortat emerging as the Suns’ best center averaging a double-double last season, the Suns have shown little interest in keeping Robin Lopez, the brother of Brooklyn Nets big man Brook Lopez, who in the off-season signed a new contract with the Nets franchise. New Orleans have already had some key additions and keeps this off-season. In the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets were able to select forward/center Anthony Davis as the first overall pick and guard Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, as the 10th pick. Later in the off-season, the Suns have sent an offer sheet to Hornets “captain” and rising star guard Eric Gordon. The Hornets decided to match the offer and the Suns moved on.

This off-season for the Phoenix Suns has been both tough and somewhat productive. The Suns have lost two veterans in former 2-time league MVP Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Laker and forward Grant Hill Los Angeles Clippers. Fortunately, the Suns have added youth to their lineup by picking up free agent forward Michael Beasley, who the Timberwolves showed no interest to resign. The Suns have also welcomed back guard Goran Dragic who was once the back-up guard for Steve Nash. Among all additions, the biggest one for the Suns might be the addition of forward Luis Scola, who the Houston Rockets utilized their amnesty clause.

Now, with that being said, I know one thing is on your mind, especially if your a Minnesota Timberwolves fan. “Who will the Timberwolves get?” Well, according to reports, there is no information given thus far about who the Timberwolves will pick up from this 3-team deal. Hopefully they get someone is all I can say for now. Giving up Wes Johnson for no one in return is just bad … just bad. David Kahn, we’re counting on you to get something good out of this deal. 

Dunking With Wolves will gladly update you with that once it surfaces. 

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