The Phoenix Suns have acquired 25-year old SG/SF Wesley Johnson (from the Timberwolves), 36-year old center Brad Miller (from the Hornets), 25-year old guard Jerome Dyson and a lottery protected first round pick from the Timberwolves. The pick is protected until the 2017 season, when it turns into a 2nd round pick and cash (it originally belonged to the Memphis Grizzlies). The Suns dealt 24-year old center Robin Lopez and 30-year old forward Hakim Warrick to the Hornets and a 2nd round pick in 2014 to the Timberwolves as part of this year. The Timberwolves also get 2nd round picks in 2013 and 2016 from the Hornets as part of this deal.
Wesley Johnson will likely be one of the first players off the bench for the Suns in 2012-13. He played in 65 games (64 starts) for the Timberwolves last year and he averaged 22.6 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Johnson has now played in 144 games (127 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.6 minutes, 7.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. The Suns hope that a change in scenery helps spike Johnson’s production. Brad Miller played in 15 games (1 start) for the Timberwolves last year and he averaged 9.7 minutes, 2.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Miller has now played in 868 games (598 starts) in his first 14 years in the NBA and he is averaging 28.3 minutes, 11.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. It’s assumed that Miller will retire, but if he decides against it, he could help the Suns off the bench behind Marcin Gortat. Jerome Dyson played in 9 games (1 start) for the Hornets in his first taste of the NBA last year and he averaged 20.0 minutes, 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He should help the Suns off the bench in 2012-13.
Robin Lopez played in 64 games (0 starts) for the Suns last year and he averaged 14.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He played in 242 games (94 starts) in his four years with the Suns in which he averaged 14.4 minutes, 5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. He was a big disappointment for the Suns. Hakim Warrick played in 35 games (0 starts) for the Suns last year and he averaged 14.4 minutes, 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Warrick played in 115 games (6 starts) in his two years with the Suns in which he averaged 16.7 minutes, 7.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Wesley Johnson should be able to replace Hakim Warrick’s P.T. in 2012-13.
This was a good deal for the Suns as they acquired Wesley Johnson, Jerome Dyson and a first round pick for two players they didn’t want anymore.
UPDATE: (8/15/2012) - The Suns have released Brad Miller and Jerome Dyson.