The Minnesota Timberwolves have looked, at times, like they were capable of competing in 2012-13. But with the February 21st trade deadline rapidly approaching, they'll need to figure out their immediate prospects once and for all.
The Wolves currently sit at 12th in the hyper-competitive Western Conference with an 18-26 record. But they're only five-and-a-half games behind eighth-seeded Houston, and six games behind seventh-place Utah.
Whether they decide they to compete for the playoffs in 2013 or they decide it would be better to plan for the long-term, general manager David Kahn and Co. will need to make a final decision in the coming weeks.
The result of that decision could manifest itself in countless ways, among them the trading of (or for) numerous players. Let's examine some of the latest rumors heading up to the fateful deadline day.