BARCELONA – The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent forward Andrei Kirilenko as they near completion on a three-team trade to send Phoenix’s Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to the New Orleans Hornets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The trade still needs to be approved by the NBA, but sources are confident it will be completed, clearing the way for the T'wolves to open the salary-cap space needed to sign Kirilenko.
Lopez agreed to a three-year, $15.3 million contract in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Hornets, league sources told Y! Sports.
The second year of Kirilenko's contract will be a player option.
The rest of the deal included the Timberwolves sending small forward Wesley Johnson and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the Suns, sources said. Brad Miller’s expiring contract goes to the Suns, while the T'wolves receive Jerome Dyson and two future second-round draft picks from New Orleans.
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