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Suns' Robin Lopez could join Hornets in three-team trade

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The New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves could pull off a three-team trade that would send center Robin Lopez to New Orleans, Yahoo! Sports reports. Forward Hakim Warrick would join Lopez in New Orleans and Minnesota would move forward Wesley Johnson and a first-round pick to Phoenix. Minnesota would get center Brad Miller (who has said he will retire), guard Jerome Dyson and draft picks.

The Wolves' interest in the deal is purely to clear cap space as the team pursues forward Andrei Kirilenko, according to Yahoo! Sports. Robin Lopez could be moved to New Orleans in a three-team trade between the Suns, Hornets and Timberwolves.

Lopez, a restricted free agent, has interest from Phoenix and New Orleans. The Suns want to hold on to the young center who is known for his rebounding and grit, but both said have had trouble coming to terms they can agree on, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The Phoenix Suns drafted Lopez with the 15th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Stanford, where he played with his more skilled twin brother, Brook Lopez. Brook Lopez recently agreed to a four-year, $60.8 max deal to remain with the Brooklyn Nets.

Robin Lopez would fit the Suns' new direction. After letting go of point guard Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade deal with the Lakers, the Suns focused in on young talent. They signed Michael Beasley and Goran Dragic to new deals and made a big push for Eric Gordon before the Hornets matched the restricted free agent's offer sheet.

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