Phoenix Suns complete Robin Lopez trade for Wesley Johnson, first-rounder

The Phoenix Suns finally completed their complicated three-team trade with New Orleans and Minnesota on Friday in which they acquired swingman Wesley Johnson and a protected first-round pick for Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick, according to a Suns release.

The Suns also received the contracts of New Orleans’ Brad Miller and Jerome Dyson and had to send out the 2014 second-rounder acquired from the Lakers and cash — money that came from the Steve Nash deal, according to Paul Coro — to make the trade work.

New Orleans also sent Minnesota a pair of second-rounders (one in 2013 and one in 2016) to complete the trade.

The first-rounder possesses a number of protections that we will explain in further detail later, but it can be not be in the top 13 the next two years and the top 12 the two years after that. The pick could come from Memphis (who owes the Wolves a lottery-protected pick) or Minnesota depending on when each pick conveys and which is lowest.

Miller, who is owed $848K in guaranteed money, and Dyson (non-guaranteed) will be waived by Phoenix. Miller announced his retirement before the end of this past season.

After getting a hold of the actual CBA, we learned that Miller and Dyson could be aggregated in the same deal because Miller was acquired into cap space. Players can only not be aggregated for two months when they are traded via an exception. The actual hold-up in the trade had to do with draft pick protections.


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