HoopsHype Hakim Warrick rumors


July 27, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets' acquisition of center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick is now official, according to a league source. Procedural issues in making the trade compliant with the NBA and its collective bargaining agreement rules, prevented consummation of the deal for the last two days. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Wolves received two second-round draft picks from New Orleans: a 2013 pick of the Brooklyn Nets and a 2016 pick originally belonging to the Wolves. Both picks were acquired by the Hornets in a July 13, 2012 trade. The Wolves also received a second-round draft pick from Phoenix, a 2014 pick of the Los Angeles Lakers that the Suns acquired on July 11, 2012. NBA.com

Also in the trade, Phoenix sent center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick to New Orleans and the Hornets sent guard Jerome Dyson and center Brad Miller to the Suns. Johnson spent two seasons with the Wolves, averaging 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 144 games (127 starts). Minnesota drafted Johnson in the first round (4th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. NBA.com

July 26, 2012 Updates

The chances of the Suns completing a trade that sends away Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick and brings in Wesley Johnson and a first-round pick improved Thursday, but its completion remained tenuous with resolution expected Friday. The three-way agreement among Phoenix, New Orleans and Minnesota did not completely fit collective bargaining agreement rules regarding what the Suns were receiving. Arizona Republic

July 25, 2012 Updates

The person told The Associated Press about the trade on condition of anonymity Wednesday because it has not been announced pending the completion of some routine logistical matters. 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. Minnesota also will receive two second-round draft picks from New Orleans, while the Hornets will receive cash. Oklahoman

A league source confirmed the impending transaction, though there are still some unresolved procedural matters before the deal can be officially announced, likely later this week. Those fluid details are not expected to prevent the deal from being consummated. Lopez is apparently out of the country, which also could be delaying the trade's finalization. The sign-and-trade sends Lopez and power forward Hakim Warrick to New Orleans from Phoenix while the Suns acquire swingman Wesley Johnson and a first-round draft choice from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves will receive the contract of Brad Miller, which the Hornets recently obtained along with point guard Jerome Dyson and draft picks from New Orleans. The Hornets, according to an Associated Press report, will also give the Timberwolves two second-round draft choices. New Orleans gets cash in the deal, as well. New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 24, 2012 Updates
March 12, 2012 Updates

The most exciting part of a Suns shootaround, the free throw-swishing contest, continued today with even more flavor. Grant Hill joined the usual participants – Jared Dudley, Hakim Warrick, Ronnie Price and Dan Majerle. It was the same rules – first to swish five wins – but with a new price. Saturday’s new champion, Warrick, arrived with a boxing champion belt and a towel draped over his head. The belt was borrowed from one that Suns game operations uses in a skit. Warrick noticed it a month ago and had been waiting for his chance to wear it. It was short-lived. Dudley won today’s contest, grabbed the belt and then went to his knees yelling, “It feels so good.” “Anybody but him,” Warrick lamented. Arizona Republic

What do you think of Bones Warrick (the skeleton that strength and conditioning coach Mike Elliott dressed up as in the locker room)? Hakim Warrick: I saw him doing it the whole time. I saw him putting the jersey over it. I didn't have to see the number. I knew it was my jersey. At first, it was just a jersey. Then people started adding things. Next thing, it has a headband. I come in and see it has an arm sleeve. Then they put the shoes on it and changed it to my shoes. Arizona Republic

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