Despite not landing a big star during their July trek through free agency, the Phoenix Suns' personnel executives continue boldly going where few of their predecessors have gone before.
On Friday, president of basketball ops Lon Babby and general manager Lance Blanks joined local reporters on a conference call to discuss the finalized three-team sign-and-trade transaction that brings Wesley Johnson and a future first-round draft pick to Phoenix and ships out two Suns reserves.
Officially gone are former first-round pick Robin Lopez and hasty summer-of-2010 acquisition Hakim Warrick. They'll be working for the New Orleans Hornets.
Johnson, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, arrives from the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he produced two seasons that qualify as disappointing relative to his talent.
"He's coming in pretty much with a clean slate," Blanks said after suggesting part of Johnson's struggles with the T-wolves could be related to unreasonable expectations associate...