The Minnesota Timberwolves are a tough team to judge so far this season. The question, especially once they get healthy, will be whether or not they should be considered a contender.
The answer is no.
They’re not quite there—but they’re close. And by making the right moves before the trade deadline, they can become one.
With Kevin Love back and Ricky Rubio cleared to return to practice yesterday, Minnesota fans have reason to be optimistic. The Timberwolves are among the top ten in scoring defense and rebounding, and they have played hard in the absence of their stars.
Their fault lies on the offensive end, however, where their production ranks fourth worst in the entire league.
Minnesota needs to go out and get a scorer in order to make the playoffs.
Here's a look at three players that might be available as the NBA’s February 21 trade deadline approaches. Perhaps one could provide the missing piece that the Timberwolves need to be considered a postseason threat.