HoopsHype Wesley Johnson rumors

July 27, 2012 Updates

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

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

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November 1, 2010 Updates

Speaking of the Wolves, don't be too hard on GM David Kahn for taking Wes Johnson over DeMarcus Cousins. The Wolves didn't think he'd be a fit next to Love. But that wasn't the biggest reason they passed. There was a bigger concern that Cousins would be too much to handle in the locker room -- especially on such a young team. Those concerns, according to sources, are already being borne out in Sacramento. While Cousins has played very well in the summer league, preseason and in the Kings' first three regular-season games, there are concerns. ESPN.com

June 25, 2010 Updates

Prokhorov is expected to fly to Akron – perhaps as early as July 1 – and here’s an idea for him: He might want to sign his GM, Rod Thorn, to a contract, because some peers believe that without a contract soon the Nets top executive could walk away and retire. No one ran a smarter, shrewder draft campaign than Thorn, who turned insufferable Minnesota GM David Kahn into a basket case over the Nets threatening to draft Wesley Johnson. Yahoo! Sports

June 24, 2010 Updates

Wesley Johnson, a Syracuse University star expected to be drafted third by the New Jersey Nets or fourth by the Minnesota Timberwolves, conducted an interview while sitting at the wheel of a new Maserati Gran Turismo convertible. Other players rode to the event in Quatroporte sedans. Wall Street Journal

Barring a last-minute change in thinking, the New Jersey Nets will select Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors over Syracuse's Wesley Johnson with the No. 3 pick, ESPN.com was told Thursday morning. ESPN.com

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