Timberwolves Deal Johnson, Sign Kirilenko

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Timberwolves Deal Johnson, Sign Kirilenko

July 27, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM CST

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday completed a three-team trade with Phoenix and Arizona just hours before signing 10-year NBA veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko.

Minnesota first acquired three second-round draft picks in a three-team trade that sent forward Wes Johnson and a future first-round pick to Phoenix in a deal that also involved New Orleans.

Two of the picks sent to the Timberwolves were from the Hornets, one in 2013 and the other in 2016. The third draft pick came from the Suns, and that one is for 2014.

Johnson spent two seasons with Minnesota, averaging 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game after the team drafted him fourth overall in 2010.

Kirilenko, meanwhile, comes back to the NBA after spending the 2011-12 season with CSKA Moscow, where he was a teammate of recent Minnesota signee Alexey Shved.

The 31-year-old forward spent all 10 of his NBA seasons with Utah, averaging 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in that time. He was a three-time NBA all-defensive team selection and in 2004 was named to the NBA All-Star reserve team.

The former Jazz forward was originally selected with the 24th overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft.

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