http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--th...kirilenko.htmlBARCELONA – The Minnesota Timberwolves are clearing salary-cap space to target free-agent forward Andrei Kirilenko by helping facilitate a three-team trade that would send Phoenix’s Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The trade gathered momentum Tuesday night and centered on Lopez agreeing to a three-year, $15 million-plus contract and moving to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade agreement, league sources told Y! Sports.
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, who is retiring and has a contract that can be waived before month’s end, and Warrick are also expected to be on the move. Miller’s contract would go to the Suns, and Warrick would possibly move to the Hornets, sources said. New Orleans would also send two future second-round draft picks to Minnesota.
That's a pretty significant trade imo (the one between the T'Wolves/Suns/Hornets).
If it goes through, that means the Suns will have Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson, and Jared Dudley all at the small forward position with Shannon Brown & Michael Redd on the wing.
If that's true, I'd love for the Bulls to acquire Dudley in some way shape or form.
CHI ---> Deng, 1st
PHO ---> Dudley, Frye
all while saving $3M this season.
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Jameer Nelson got paid. He'll make $8.6 mil in 12-13, $8.6 mil in 13-14, $8 mil in 14-15. Last year is only partially guaranteed, but still.
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With Hinrich & Belinelli now in the mix, @SamSmithHoops asks, Who says the #Bulls aren’t ready for 2012-13? http://bit.ly/Oi9aT3
Didn't know where to post this but great article by Sam Smith.
"Though Mohammed is the titular replacement for Asik, Gibson probably will play more center in a three-player front court rotation, giving the Bulls more offensive options. Mohammed will likely be more for insurance in case of injury as few teams anymore play four big men."
Gibson will have a monster year.
Thibs has a tendency to love his rotations, and the defense that Taj has guarding centers is greater than Nazr's so Gibson will see plenty of playing time at both big man spots next to Boozer/Vlad/Noah.
I wanna see a Vlad and Boozer front court. Imagine the spacing for Rose driving and kicking and then imagine the defense being played. lol
Yeah I see Taj playing about 30 minutes a game and having a monster year, hopefully we get him locked up
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The Timberwolves moves this offseason don't make a whole lot of sense to me. I understood making moves to try to get Batum, but now they seam to be making moves just to make moves.
Good trade for the Suns and NOH. Suns are quickly gathering a lot of picks to help rebuild, while NOH had no depth at center; around $5M per for Robin Lopez isn't bad, especially with the way centers have been paid this offseason. Shoot, I wouldn't had mind him at that price for a backup center, even though I like the idea of Gibson getting more minutes there and I'm still hoping for the FO to go after Oden.
That move opens up cap space for them to sign AK47. It makes a lot of sense actually.