It's no secret that the Memphis Grizzlies' front office wants to break up a successful roster as badly as the players want to return to the Western Conference Finals. Management let go of Lionel Hollins after the best season in franchise history and were prepared to deal two critical defenders.
For whatever the reason, the T-Wolves failed to get the franchise-altering deal done.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Grizzlies and T-Wolves engaged in talks before the 2014 NBA trade deadline. The deal was centered around Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince, with J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger serving as compensation.
Minnesota failed to execute. Who's to blame is up for question, but this deal was a missed opportunity.
Hindsight is painful, but missing out on a critical upgrade is what truly hurts.
Prior to the 2013-14 regular season, Allen was named the best perimeter defender in the NBA by general managers, per NBA.com. Allen also checked in as the No. 3 overall defender on that list, and it's hard to argue with that logic.
Minnesota is an elite offensive team, but it ranks No. 24 in scoring defense. More importantly, it ranks dead last in opponent field-goal percentage at an insanely horrendous 47.2 percent and is No. 19 in opponent three-point field-goal percentage.
You'd think Minnesota would be eager to bring in the NBA's top perimeter defender and a still effective lengthy wing at one of its weakest positions.
For perspective, the Timberwolves are allowing 109.1 points per game since the trade deadline. They've held their opponents below 100 points in just two of those 16 games.