Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
A league source has told SheridanHoops.com that "there is a good chance" that Luke Ridnour will be dealt before the Feb. 21st trade deadline.
It comes as no surprise considering the Wolves have Ricky Rubio back in the lineup and continuing to improve each game out. They also have J.J. Barea as the main backup and even Alexey Shved can play some point guard if needed.
Ridnour is currently starting off the ball with Rubio as the point guard. Luke has proved he can be an effective playmaker when tasked with point guard duties, but is an effective scorer when playing off the ball--especially with Rubio running the point. With the Wolves' small starting backcourt, Ridnour has been asked to guard the likes of Wesley Matthews, Joe Johnson, James Harden and even Kobe Bryant. Ridnour has done 'okay' considering, but the Wolves are in desperate need of an upgrade at the two spot.
One team that has rumored interest in Luke are the division-rival Utah Jazz. The Jazz are thin at point guard since Mo Williams has gone down with a thumb injury that's kept him 'out indefinitely' and Earl Watson is currently dealing with a leg injury. That leaves Jamaal Tinsley as the only point guard on the roster, with Alec Burks helping out with some of those duties.
There's no doubt that Ridnour would be an immediate upgrade over Tinsley, but it'll rely heavily on what the Jazz are sending back to Minny. According to the report from SheridanHoops, the Wolves are asking for Alec Burks in return. However, today Darren Wolfson (via Twitter), the Jazz have given assurance to Burks that he's not going to be dealt--at least not for Ridnour.
Other teams that remain in the market for a good point guard: the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trailblazers.
We're exactly two weeks away from the Trade Deadline and I highly doubt that this is the last we hear on Luke Ridnour being dealt. As much as I like Luke, if it nets the Wolves a capable shooting guard that can both defend and knock down open shots...I'm 100% behind a deal.
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