HoopsHype Wesley Johnson rumors

July 15, 2013 Updates

Mike D'Antoni: We have a much deeper team this year. I think we just signed Wesley Johnson. I think I can talk about that. That makes us about 10, 11, 12 guys deep that will play, and that will keep minutes from the older guys. FoxSportsWest.com

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But despite some flashes of brilliance as a rookie -- including a career-best 29-point night against the Lakers and a 25-point performance in the All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge game -- Johnson never found a comfort level with the Timberwolves. He averaged only six points a game last season while shooting less than 40 percent overall and 31.4 percent from 3-point range. "It wasn't a fit. It wasn't meshing right," he said of his time in Minnesota. "They had different roles they wanted me to fit, and it wasn't working out. I tried to go out and do the best I could, but all-around, it wasn't a good fit." Arizona Republic

Suns General Manager Lance Blanks said the club still views Johnson as an emerging player who made the transition from being an inside player in high school and is still learning to play on the perimeter. "He shoots the ball extremely well," Blanks said. "Given his role and comfort and such, statistics haven't always reflected that. But he's very capable. In other areas, whether guarding on the perimeter or putting the ball on the floor, he's still growing, which is something we're excited about." Arizona Republic

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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

The rest of the deal included the Timberwolves sending small forward Wesley Johnson and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the Suns, sources said. Brad Miller’s expiring contract goes to the Suns, while the T'wolves receive Jerome Dyson and two future second-round draft picks from New Orleans. Yahoo! Sports

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

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