Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 7/24/12
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 alongside Amar'e Stoudemire, during his first season with the Suns. Johnson averaged 9 points per game during his rookie season in Minnesota and slipped to 6.0 during the past campaign. He's made a tick under 40 percent of his field-goal attempts in both NBA years; Johnson bagged 35 percent of his attempts from 3-point range as a rookie but dropped to 31 percent in his second season. His addition would give the Suns three options at shooting guard, along with swingman Jared Dudley and recently re-signed Shannon Brown. Lopez, the 15th overall pick in the 2008 draft, lost his starting spot during a 2010-2011 slump but just finished a solid season with the second unit. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14 minutes per game, but made just 46 percent of his field-goal attempts. Warrick averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 points during his second season in Phoenix.
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