Timberwolves Silent at Trade Deadline, Hang onto Michael Beasley

Zeke Fuhrman@@mellamoelzekeAnalyst IIIMarch 15, 2012

The Mayan calender predicts that the world will end in 2012. A strong case enforcing that belief happened when Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn let the trade deadline pass without making a move. 

Kahn, who as many fans remember as the GM who had the draft rights to virtually every player in last year's draft before trading them away for more draft picks—then trading THOSE players for more draft picks, has traded (by my count) 17 players and eight draft picks since becoming the Timberwolves GM in May 2008.

Speculations were that on-again-off-again F Michael Beasley (11.8 ppg) was on his way to the Lakers in a three-team deal that would have also sent G Steve Blake (5.7 ppg) to the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers would have sent G Jamal Crawford (14.2 ppg) to Minnesota. But those speculations went up in smoke as the trade deadline ended with all three players remaining on their respective rosters.

The Lakers addressed their bench woes by trading for Ramon Sessions (a player that Kahn once traded).

The no-move means that the 22-21 Timberwolves will have to settle with the guard combo of Luke Ridnour, Wayne Ellington, Malcolm Lee and JJ Barea for the remaining 23 games of the NBA season. This coming after losing Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Rubio (10.9 ppg, 8.1 apg) for the remainder of the season, due to a torn ACL suffered with 14 seconds left in a 105-103 loss to the Lakers last week.

The Wolves trail the Houston Rockets by 1.5 games for the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

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