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Lopez will fill Hornets' void at center

The Sports Xchange

The Hornets finally got a veteran center to play alongside Anthony Davis when they acquired Robin Lopez from Phoenix in a three-team trade.

The Hornets traded away Emeka Okafor early in the offseason and Chris Kaman is a free agent, leaving them without a center when they drafted Davis with the first pick in the draft. Davis will start out as a power forward though he might play some center.

New Orleans also received veteran forward Hakim Warrick and cash considerations from the Suns in the trade.

The Hornets gave up guard Jerome Dyson, center Brad Miller and two second-round picks (Brooklyn's 2013 selection and Minnesota's 2016 draft choice) as part of the trade, which also involved the Timberwolves.

Phoenix received Miller and Dyson as well as Wesley Johnson and a first-round pick from Minnesota. The Timberwolves received Brooklyn's 2013 second-round pick and their own 2016 second-round pick from New Orleans.

Lopez, a 7-footer, was drafted with the 15th overall pick in 2008 by the Suns. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds last season in 14.0 minutes. In four seasons he has career averages of 5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds in 14.4 minutes over 242 games (94 starts).

Warrick, (6-9) was the 19TH overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Grizzlies. He averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Suns in 35 games last season.

He has played for four teams (Grizzlies, Bucks, Bulls and Suns) over seven seasons, and has career averages of 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 498 games (94 starts).

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