Keys To the Wolf Den: Al Jefferson Trade Rumors Shed Light

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 11, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 28: Al Jefferson #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 95-93. 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 Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Ok, this Al Jefferson trade rumor seems legit.

Al Jefferson was recently offered to the Indiana Pacers for forward Danny Granger, and was shot down immediately.

What does this mean?

David Kahn has made many remarks stating that he has not made any trade calls regarding the core roster, which includes Al Jefferson, and just a few days ago, there were trade rumors regarding Al Jefferson.

The rumor also states that there is jealousy issues going on between Kevin Love and Al Jefferson. Why?

You should consider the fact that Kevin Love is only 21 years of age, and is averaging 15 PPG and 12 RPG, and is arguably superior in talent in comparison to Al Jefferson.

Kevin Love has been considered for Team USA, has been featured in SLAM magazine, has had numerous interviews during the off season, and is a fan favorite in the Target Center. He plays average defense, outlets the ball, and is humble and incredibly charismatic.

It's probably because Al Jefferson has been led to believe that he's a superstar, and while he is an All-Star offensively and is possibly the best low post scorer in the league, Kevin Love has been getting more credit from the media and from Wolves fans.

It could also have something to do with Kahn getting rid of all of McHale-esque players, and the fact that the Wolves have a history of lopsided trades. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Brandon Roy were all practically given away.

If you're in a rebuilding phase, and you have two players at virtually the same height, the same weight, and the younger player has shown the flash to be virtually superior and is willing to play for lesser money, wouldn't you go that way?

It has nothing to do with Love and Jefferson's chemistry or their ability to play together, but rather the fact that Love is going to be better than Al Jefferson, and that he's getting the credit.

With that being said, what can the Wolves get for Jefferson?

The Wolves obviously need a wing player. Why else would they try to get Danny Granger? Let's look at the starting/strong backup wing and big men of the lottery teams.

  • Nets: Chris Douglas Roberts, Courtney Lee, Brook Lopez
  • 76ers: Andre Igoudala, Thaddeus Young, Samuel Dalembert
  • Pacers: Luther Head, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Troy Murphy
  • Warriors: Stephen Curry, Corey Maggette, Kelenna Azubuike, Andreis Biedrins
  • Wizards: Caron Butler, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Nick Young, Javale McGee
  • Pistons: Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Jonas Jerebko
  • Jazz: Ronnie Brewer, CJ Miles, Wesley Matthews, Mehmet Okur
  • Bucks: Michael Redd, Ersan Illyasova, Andrew Bogut
  • Bulls: Luol Deng, John Salmons, Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah
  • Bobcats: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Tyson Chandler
  • Clippers: Eric Gordon, Al Thornton, Marcus Camby, Blake Griffin
  • Kings: Tyreke Evans, Kevin Martin, Omri Casspi, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes
  • Hornets: Devin Brown, Peja Stojakavic, Emeka Okafor

Anyone on that list that interest the Wolves? How about Gerald Wallace or Javale McGee with their first round pick?

I doubt that the Wolves would trade away Al Jefferson for garbage, as David Kahn has shown an ability to work trades getting more than the Wolves have lost.

Let's look at some top tier wings/big men from top tier teams:

  • Celtics: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis
  • Magic: Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat
  • Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown

Are there any I missed?

Thanks for reading!



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