Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
There have been numerous reports for the past few weeks that have told us David Kahn is VERY active working the phones as we near the Trade Deadline. Today we'll be going through some players whose names have turned up in the rumor mill--both Minnesota players and potential trade targets.
According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, the Wolves have four players currently being offered in trades: Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea, Brandon Roy and Derrick Williams. Those are the four that they're offering up, but of course if another team makes a great offer for a player like Kirilenko or Pekovic (that they couldn't turn down) it remains a possibility.
Here's a list of the player the Wolves have rumored interest in...
The players with stars next to their names are players who have been linked to the Wolves trade rumors on numerous occasions.
Beyond Timofey Mozgov, the majority of Minnesota's targets are for an upgrade to their starting shooting guard position. A player with more size and the ability to guard some of the bigger wings in the League.
Courtney Lee played for Rick Adelman in Houston and remains a big target, however his lengthy contract that he signed with Boston this offseason is a big negative for any rumored trade. Gerald Henderson is being offered to teams willing to give up a first round pick in return. The Bulls are looking to dump Hamilton so they can be below the tax threshold this season and won't have to pay. Kahn has called Dallas regarding Mayo, but according to Wolfson, those attempts have been rebuffed. News broke last night that the Wolves had offered Brandon Roy and a first round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Mozgov--which Denver turned down. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and remains a big target for Minnesota. It's no secret that Gordon doesn't want to be in New Orleans, but a trade to Minnesota is highly unlikely. There's a better chance he'll be moved this summer. The Wolves & Knicks have been linked due to the Knicks' interest in Luke Ridnour. The Wolves are very interested in Shumpert, but probably don't have enough pieces to coax the Knicks into a trade and if they trade for Brewer it's not with long-term thinking as he'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Afflalo & Redick out of Orlando remain long shots. Afflalo makes $7.5million a year for the next three years (until 2015-16) and the Wolves have said they don't want to take on long-term money. Redick is garnering A LOT of interest around the League, but he'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer that'll likely garner a $7-8million a year contract. The Sixers have thrown out the possibility that they could move Turner, but it remains likely he stays in Philly through this season. He could step right in and pair with Rubio in the backcourt and hopefully with the help of a veteran like Kirilenko, Evan could become a consistent performer.
Jared Dudley (like Redick) is someone that multiple teams have interest in, he's a big wing that can play the two & three and has turned himself into a good player during his time in Phoenix. He'd fill a need with his size, defense and shot making. Shannon Brown, Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans, DeMar DeRozan & Terrence Ross all remain very longshots. Kahn is very interested in Gordon Hayward, but it's doubtful that Utah would be interested in moving one of their young centerpieces. Alec Burks is an intriguing prospect, however Utah has assured him he won't be moved, the right deal could change that thinking, but it sounds as though they're asking a bit too much for him. Raja Bell hasn't played a single game this season as he's been exiled by the Jazz and refuses any type of buyout. If the Wolves traded for him he wouldn't suit up for them (ever) and would instead be a move to dump salary to ensure they could resign both Budinger & Pekovic this summer. The Wizards are very interested in moving Crawford and it sounds as though there's a very good chance he'll have a change of address, if not by Thursday, then this summer. He's not a great defender, but he's the kind of shooter the Wolves covet. Unfortunately he's got a J.R. Smith kind of shot selection, which can be QUITE maddening for coaches & fans alike.
I'm sure there are plenty more players out there that the Minnesota would love to have in a Timberwolves uniform. There's still 26+ hours until the Deadline and I'm sure we'll be hearing all kinds of rumors up until then. Remember to stay tuned to HOWL as we'll have the up-to-date info all Thursday long! Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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