"Significant issues" stand in the way of a three-way trade that would send Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Wesley Johnson to the Phoenix Suns, according to The Arizona Republic.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the Timberwolves, Suns and New Orleans Hornet had agreed to a deal that would send Johnson and a first-round pick from Minnesota to Phoenix. The deal also reportedly included Phoenix's Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick going to New Orleans.
The Republic also says that the teams "agreed to the structure" of the deal, but adds:
The largest remaining issue is making the trade oblige with rules to get league approval. If the league rejects the trade parameters, Warrick would remain with the Suns and Lopez likely would remain with the Suns for his $4 million qualifying offer. In that case, Lopez would become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
New Orleans agreed to give Lopez, 24, a three-year, $15.3 million contract, according to Yahoo!.
After averaging 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds as a rookie, Johnson, the No. 4 overall pick in 2010, averaged 6.0 and 2.7 last year.
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