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NBA Trade Possibilities: How Trading Wes Johnson Helps Minnesota Timberwolves

NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  Wesley Johnson stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted by The Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Steven BaldassariContributor IIIMarch 1, 2012

With the March 15th trade deadline rapidly approaching, many NBA teams find themselves scrambling to pull off a trade.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are no exception but what moves, if any should they make?

For the Wolves, the moves that should be made to improve their franchise are more obvious than for most other NBA teams.

Looking at the T-Wolves' depth chart, it is apparent that the last thing the Timberwolves need is a Power Forward. Kevin Love is a beast and Derrick Williams is a young, talented asset at the position as well.

Nikola Pekovic of Montenegro, (born in Yugoslavia) has really emerged as a solid, consistent Center for the surging Wolves who are winners of five of their last seven games. 

Due to his recent play, his trade value has sky rocketed.

So, here is what the Timberwolves should do. The Wolves should consider moving Pekovic along with their current starter at Small Forward Wes Johnson.

In return, they could seek to obtain a more serviceable shooting guard such as Monta Ellis who is rumored to be on the market. Luke Ridnour is currently starting at SG but is not the long term solution for the Timberwolves.

Trade Pekovic, Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington.

Move Love to Center and start Derrick Williams at Power Forward. Move Michael Beasley into the starting role at Small Forward once again. Trade for a SG and have Ridnour move to the bench as the back up Shooting Guard.

Any rumors circulating about Pau Gasol being traded to Minnesota should be shot down by the Wolves' front office unless they are planning on also trading Pekovic. Furthermore, rumors have been swirling that the Wolves are shopping Michael Beasley. 

Trading a young talented Beasley for a first round pick or just to dump his $6M salary seems unwise. At 6M Beasley is a steal and frankly Minnesota is not utilizing his talents as best as it can at this time.

To reiterate, the T-Wolves are a team on the rise and what they really need is a SG. Let's see if the Wolves can take a bight out the NBA in the second half of the year and make a push for the eight seed in the Western Conference.

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