Hornets Gain More Assets: Brad Miller Sent to New Orleans from Timberwolves

Jordan SpectorContributor IIIJuly 14, 2012

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The New Orleans Hornets have received big man Brad Miller, cash and two second-round picks from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2017, according to the Timberwolves' official Twitter account.

After 16 years in the league, Miller has averaged 8.4 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Following the release of Darko Milicic, Minnesota is trying to clear up cap space in an attempt to complete an offer sheet with free agent Nicolas Batum.

As for the Hornets, this is a great move and a smart one as well.

Brad Miller is not expected to play this upcoming season, after verbally stating that his career has come to a close. For the small price the Hornets must pay by taking in Miller's minimum salary (under $1 million dollars), they are receiving the Brooklyn Nets’ 2013 and the Timberwolves’ 2016 selection in future drafts.

While they might not be as enticing as first-round picks, New Orleans is building up their assets, and in turn giving themselves more to work with as they rebuild in a new era. They are doing everything they can to secure a brighter future, and this is yet another subtle step in achieving that goal.

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