If the mechanics of a reported three-team trade discussion are accurate and the deal occurs, the Phoenix Suns would be going smaller and larger at the same time.
And, most importantly, they'd continue getting a bit younger and more skilled.
According to a Twitter report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports, the Suns would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets (remember them?) in a three-cornered transaction, bringing shooting guard Wesley Johnson and a first-round pick to Phoenix.
Johnson, a 6-foot-8 swingman out of Syracuse, was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and has spent most of his early career at shooting guard. Particulars of the draft pick were not reported.
With the 7-foot Lopez filling the Hornets' need for a legitimate center to stand next to 2012 draft prize Anthony Davis, the Suns (for now, at least) would be looking at Channing Frye as a backup to center Marcin Gortat. Frye worked mostly as a "stretch center," playing alongs...