The past two days we've been hearing that talks are progressing. The problem isn't an agreement. All three teams have reached a verbal agreement, however the problem lies with the new CBA.
In the reported deal...
- MINNESOTA Receives: Jerome Dyson (from NOH), multiple 2nd-round picks.
- PHOENIX Receives: Wesley Johnson (from MIN), 1st-round pick (from MIN), Brad Miller (from NOH).
- NEW ORLEANS Receives: Robin Lopez (from PHX), Hakim Warrick (from PHX).
Dyson would likely be waived and the second round picks the Timberwolves receive are likely the same ones they sent to the Hornets along with Brad Miller. The 1st-round pick the Timberwolves send to Phoenix is the Memphis pick that's lottery-protected.
The holdup seems to be Brad Miller's involvement in the trade. No matter the team that receives him will buy out his $5million-plus 2012-13 contract for around $800,000. The problem being that since Miller was traded from Minnesota to New Orleans just a few weeks ago, he cannot be traded again unless it's in a deal where he's the only player traded.
All teams involved want to get a deal done. Phoenix gains another wing player and a first-round pick. The Hornets get a starting center to pair with Anthony Davis in the frontcourt and Minnesota sheds some cap space in order to sign Andrei Kirilenko to a 2-year $20million deal. All teams have something to lose (beyond maybe Phoenix).
The teams were still working diligently yesterday (Thursday) and word is they hope to have a deal that fits within the rules of the new CBA and is agreeable for all teams involved by sometime Friday.
We should have something for you either way. Stay tuned to HOWL and @donnycersado27 on Twitter for all the updates. GO WOLVES!