Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves could use an upgrade at small forward for the 2014-15 season. Corey Brewer had one of his best NBA seasons as Minnesota's starting small forward, however his energy may be better suited in a sixth man role, similar to the role he played under George Karl in Denver.
The Wolves have a busy offseason ahead of them what with finding a new coach, upgrading a lackluster second unit and convincing Kevin Love to remain in Minnesota blue.
While the Wolves have other more glaring needs within that second unit to upgrade with new talent, they shouldn't overlook their small forward position. There are some very intriguing free agents this summer: Cleveland's Luol Deng and Washington's Trevor Ariza. Deng is likely headed out of Cleveland, but his price tag just doesn't work with Minnesota's current players under contract, the same goes for Ariza, who is likely to remain in Washington after a terrific year in D.C.
Recent rumblings out of Boston say that combo forward Jeff Green is available. Green returned from heart surgery a year ago to post a career-high 16.9 points per game, however he wasn't the leader the Celtics desperately needed with Rajon Rondo out to begin the year and in and out of the lineup for the second half of the year.
The Celtics are in rebuilding mode and would trade Green for the right price. Green's salary is $9.18million for the next two seasons. That's a hefty price tag for a Minnesota team that's already paying eight figures a year to both Love & Pekovic as well as $7.5million to Martin and a couple of $5million salaries to Brewer & Budinger.
One trade that works financially is J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger for Jeff Green. That may not be enough for Danny Ainge to bite, perhaps throwing in a second-rounder or two in this year's draft would help.
Green is unlikely to land in Minnesota, though I don't doubt that the Wolves will have internal discussions about bringing the combo forward aboard.
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