Feb. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez (left) under pressure from Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Robin Lopez Traded To Hornets In 3-Way Deal

Robin Lopez is headed to the Hornets and Wes Johnson to the Suns in a three-team deal that also sends Hakim Warrick to New Orleans.

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Robin Lopez Trade To Hornets Officially Complete With Small Changes

A three-way trade that sent Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets has officially been completed, one day after salary cap complications put it on hold. In the trade, the Hornets will receive Lopez and Warrick, the Phoenix Suns will receive Wes Johnson, Jerome Dyson, Brad Miller, a first-round pick and a second-round pick, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will receive a 2014 second-round pick.

The trade had been put on hold on Thursday, with most suspecting that it did not fit into the NBA's trade rules. As it turned out, though, the Suns were also slated to take on $3 million in cash in the original deal, which would have been illegal because they already did so in the sign-and-trade arrangement that sent Steve Nash to the Lakers. Teams can only receive $3 million cash total over the course of a calendar year.

The Hornets receive some much-needed size in Lopez, while the Suns try to revive Johnson's career while taking on additional picks. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, clear enough cap space to complete their two-year, $20 million contract with Andrei Kirilenko.

For more on the Timberwolves, be sure to visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota. For more on the Suns, check out Bright Side of the Sun and SB Nation Arizona. SB Nation's Hornets blog is housed over at At The Hive.

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Timberwolves Helping Facilitate Robin Lopez Trade In Effort To Sign Andrei Kirilenko

The NBA's biggest free agents are off the market already, but there are still some moving pieces out there that should allow the next couple of weeks to remain interesting. The rumors that made their rounds on Tuesday make it seem that way, anyway, as reports surfaced regarding a three-way trade between the Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The main reason for the trade seems to be the Hornets acquiring Robin Lopez in a sign-and-trade deal, but the bigger move would seem to be the Timberwolves throwing in former fourth overall pick Wesley Johnson and a lottery-protected first-round pick in order to clear cap space, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

That seems like a pretty big risk at this point in the offseason to simply clear cap space, but it comes with a solid caveat as that cap space is expected to allow the team to sign Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko. The 31-year-old is under contract with CSKA Moscow at the time, but the former Utah Jazz standout apparently has a small enough buyout that the Wolves have interest in pursuing him.

For more on the Timberwolves, be sure to visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota. For more on the Suns, check out Bright Side of the Sun and SB Nation Arizona. SB Nation's Hornets blog is housed over at At The Hive.

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