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Roster moves: Suns sign Jermaine O’Neal, Magic keep Ish Smith


There has been a handful of small roster moves in the last 48 hours the kind of things you want to know if it’s you’re team. Not difference making moves, but moves.

We thought we should bring them to you in bullet form.

• The Phoenix Suns have signed a deal with Jermaine O’Neal for the next season. This is a one-year, $1.4 million deal where he will back up Marcin Gortat. O’Neal had the Kobe/German/Orthokine knee procedure done this summer, and you combine that with the Suns’ miracle-working training staff and he should be able to give the Suns some quality minutes this year.

• To clear a roster spot, the Suns waived Brad Miller. He will retire from the game. And he will be missed, he had a solid NBA career.

• The Magic have re-signed guard Ishmael Smith – but everyone calls him Ish. This is a one-year deal where he will play sparingly behind Jameer Nelson. If you see a lot of him, it means the Magic’s season is going worse than already predicted. And it isn’t predicted to be good. Smith played 26 games last season split between Golden State and Orlando and average 9 minutes and 2.8 points per game.

• The Pistons have formally signed rookie forward Khris Middleton.

• The Suns also have waived guard Jerome Dyson.

• Former Raptor Alexis Ajinca has re-signed with SIG Strasbourg in France.

Report: Three-team Lopez trade completed, T-Wolves to sign Kirilenko

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News of a three-team trade that sends Robin Lopez to New Orleans leaked out a couple days ago but it took some tweaks around the edges to make it comply with league rules. Finally, it got there, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The trade sends Lopez and Hakim Warrick from Phoenix to New Orleans; Wesley Johnson, Brad Miller’s expiring contract and plus a lottery-protected first-round draft pick goes to the Suns; and the Timberwolves get Jerome Dyson and two future second-round draft picks from New Orleans.

That creates enough cap space for Minnesota to sign Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year, $20 million contract. That is done now as well.

Yes, that is overpaying for Kirilenko, who has always played very well in spurts but has battled injuries and inconsistency his entire career. Kirilenko spent the lockout season playing for CSKA Moscow but wanted to come back to the NBA if the price was right. This qualifies.

Hornets coach Monty Williams now has some versatility along the front line. He can start Lopez at center and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis at the four, and bring Ryan Anderson off the bench. Or, he can go smaller with Davis at the five and Anderson at the four. A solid player in Jason Smith backs them all up.

For the Suns, it’s a step toward the post-Nash rebuilding. Johnson gets the chance to live up to his No. 4 pick status, and they get another pick out of it. Brad Miller will be bought out for $800,000 and retire.

Three-team Robin Lopez trade still in limbo, moves closer

Robin Lopez, Jose Juan Barea, Kevin Love

It could still happen. Could, not will. But one way or another we should know in the next 24 hours or so.

“It” is the three-team trade that would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick from the Suns to the Hornets; former lottery pick Wesley Johnson, Brad Miller’s expiring contract and plus a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the Suns; and the Timberwolves get Jerome Dyson, two future second-round draft picks from New Orleans and enough cap space that they can sign Andrei Kirilenko to a contract.

The teams agreed in principle but this is a complex deal that did not meet the league’s approval, so the teams have been working on the edges of it. And it is close, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

The three-way agreement among Phoenix, New Orleans and Minnesota did not completely fit collective bargaining agreement rules regarding what the Suns were receiving.

Coro says one way or another there should be resolution on Friday.

Report: Three team deal sending Lopez to Hornets in danger

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UPDATE 8:44 am: According to an updated Arizona Republic story, there are “significant issues” to be worked out to make this trade come together. While the sides have agreed to a deal in principle, the money may not fit league trade guidelines and could be rejected.

If so, Lopez likely plays out next season on a $4 million qualifying offer and stays with the Suns.

And this would force Minnesota to find another trade partner to clear up some cap space if they want to sign Andrei Kirilenko.

3:18 am: David Kahn has a plan and it is coming together to get him Andrei Kirilenko. Probably.

Step one was to be a facilitator in a three-team deal that would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick from the Suns to the Hornets, and a big step forward was taken when Lopez agreed to a three-year, $15.3 million sign-and-trade, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. There is a deal in principle.

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.

However, Suns officials told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that the deal may not happen because it is hard to fit into league trade rules. There is an agreement in principle but a lot of things still have to come together.

If it does come together, step two for Minnesota, is to finalize a two-year, $20 million deal with Kirilenko (the second year is a player option. Which they are close to doing. But that couldn’t happen until they cleared out some cap space, which this trade did. For the record, I think this is overpaying for Kirilenko, who is good but not worth quite that much.

For the Hornets, this is a nice move. They get a real center to provide support as they groom Anthony Davis. Lopez could start at the five, have Davis at the four and allow them to use Ryan Anderson as a three or off the bench. New Orleans is going to be a fun team to watch next season.

The Suns get to give Johnson another shot, save some money and get a first round pick out of the deal. All things you do when you go into the rebuilding mode that they are.

Report: Minnesota near two-year, $20 million for Kirilenko

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Andrei Kirilenko coming to Minnesota appears to be more and more likely.

We told you yesterday the Timberwolves may have moved to the front of the line because they can offer a lot of money and the Brooklyn Nets could only offer the veteran minimum ($1.2 million).

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network has the update.

Minnesota is finalizing a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Kirilenko’s deal with the Wolves is expected to include a player option for the 2013-’14 season, sources said.

Minnesota is close to a three-team trade — one that has details still in flux (like is Brad Miller included) — that would clear the cap space needed to sign Kirilenko.

But they are not alone in the chase, reportedly Denver is interested, according to a Russian sports site (via IamaGM.com). Still, Minny is in the driver’s seat.

Kirilenko played last season for CSKA Moscow but said he wants to return to the NBA. Of course, he wants to get paid to do it, too (Moscow would pay him more than the NBA minimum to return).

AK-47 in Minnesota would be interesting. While they already have pretty good guy in Kevin Love at the four. However, in Rick Adelman’s corner offense versatility is prized and Kirilenko provides that. He can hit the outside shot, play inside and he will block shots and cover defensively for other bigs who many not be consistent on that end (we’re looking at you, Love).