AP reports that the Hornets, Suns and Timberwolves have agreed to a multiplayer deal to send center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick from Phoenix to New Orleans, while moving forward Wesley Johnson and a first-round draft pick from Minnesota to Phoenix.
The deal also sends guard Jerome Dyson and retiring center Brad Miller's $5.1 million contract from New Orleans to Minnesota,
allowing the Timberwolves to clear space under the NBA's salary cap as they pursue free agents. The T-wolves will receive two second-round draft picks from New Orleans, while the Hornets will receive cash.
Before the free-agency period even opened, GM Dell Demps and head coach Monty Williams said that the team was in need of a big man, and now have one in Lopez, who is a 7-footer. In four seasons with the Suns, he never averaged more than 20 minutes per game, but with the Hornets, he should get more starting minutes and could eclipse his previous NBA highs of 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Robin Lopez is only 24 years old. So, even though he's a veteran, he has room to grow on this young Hornets squad.
As for Hakim Warrick, I’m not quite sure where he fits into the Hornets' plans. The 30-year-old forward could really help the young locker room. The trade for Warrick doesn't help 2nd round draft pick Darius Miller's chances of making the roster after a tough Summer League.