NBA Trade Rumors: Minnesota's Luke Ridnour on the Move?

Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2013

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 12:  Luke Ridnour #13 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 12, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NBA's Feb. 16 trade deadline is quickly approaching, and that will provide plenty of storylines over the next nine days. 

One of those storylines is the supposed availability of Luke Ridnour of the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to, Ridnour's name has been discussed in trades involving the Utah Jazz, among other teams. 

For an explanation as to why Ridnour is on the block, let's give the floor to Chris Sheridan of

With Ricky Rubio back from an injury that wiped out the first half of his season, the T-Wolves have a glut at the position with J.J. Berea also under contract (for this season plus two more). Ridnour has a reasonable contract ($4 million this season, $4.3 million next season) and is a steady playmaker who has spent the majority of his career with bad teams, having appeared in the playoffs just twice.

So now that Rubio has come back from his ACL injury, Ridnour has become surplus to requirements. Ah, the life of the average NBA point guard. That's not to say he couldn't help another team, though.

Ridnour is a decent player but a journeyman. He's good for about 10-15 points per game and around five assists. Of course, he's no starting-quality guard, but he would certainly be able to infuse some quality into a bench with some team somewhere. 

Since the Jazz were already mentioned as a possible trade partner with the Timberwolves in the aforementioned article, where else would Ridnour's services be put to use?

What about the Portland Trail Blazers? After Damian Lillard, there is a proverbial revolving door at the point guard position. That has left Lillard to play heavy minutes because the combination of Ronnie Price and Nolan Smith have been unable to play effectively.

For example, in Portland's 99-105 loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night, Lillard played nine minutes short of the whole game. In Smith's nine minutes, he scored four points and did nothing else. 

Or perhaps the New Orleans Hornets? Greivis Vasquez is playing some great basketball this season and deserves all the minutes he gets. But the Hornets have just two point guards on the roster, as Vasquez's backup is Brian Roberts. Surely Ridnour would be able to provide, at the very least, point guard depth. 

Wherever he goes, Ridnour will be providing quality point guard play off the bench.

Just waiting to find out where he does go is the most exciting part. 

Where do you think Ridnour will end up? Hit me up on Twitter @Lingberg2000.