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Robin Lopez Traded to Hornets in 3-Team Deal

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 12:  Robin Lopez #15 of the Phoenix Suns battles for position with Derrick Williams #7 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the NBA game at US Airways Center on March 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2012

If you asked NBA fans which Lopez twin had the best shot at being traded a few months ago, most would have guessed Brooke in a deal for Dwight Howard.

Instead it's Robin Lopez, now formerly of the Phoenix Suns, who is on the move in a three-team deal. Lopez has reportedly been shipped to New Orleans, along with forward Hakim Warrick, per NBA.com.

The Suns will receive Wesley Johnson from the Minnesota Timberwolves and a first-round pick.

The Timberwolves obtain point guard Jerome Dyson, the $5.1 million contract of retiring center Brad Miller, two second-round picks (one from each team) and cash considerations from the Hornets.

Lopez and Johnson are clearly the keys to the deal.

Lopez may allow No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis to play the power forward spot. I think it's the position that fits him best in the NBA, and it gives the Hornets a decent power forward/center combination.

Lopez is an active 7-footer, but he wasn't playing much behind Marcin Gortat and Channing Frye. He averaged only 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds last season in 14 minutes per game.

Wesley Johnson should get an opportunity to shine in Phoenix. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but he has only averaged 7.7 points per game in two seasons.

A change of scenery may do them both good.

 

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