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Keys to the Wolf Den: Al Jefferson Rumors or David Kahn Ploys?

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 01:  Head coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics talks to Al Jefferson #25 of Minnesota Timberwolves after the game on February 1, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-101. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 12, 2010

The NBA deadline is approaching, and with it less than a month away, rumors  starting to circulate madly, and one GM who goes by the name of David Kahn is probably on a hit list by other GM's after this rumor.

Just less than 48 hours ago, David Kahn stated in an interview he had not made one phone call to oppossing teams about trading any of his team's core pieces—Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Corey Brewer, Jonny Flynn, and Ramon Sessions.

Ironically, less than a week ago, Al Jefferson was rumored to be on the trading block, and David Kahn has stated on numerous occassions Al Jeffeson is not being traded.

David Kahn has also stated no player on his team's roster is untouchable, and there are only a few players in the NBA that are untouchable, those including Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, etc.

Although his statements do not directly contradict themselves, they compliment themselves so well that other GM's have to take heed.

You don't bring a gun to a fist fight. It's these types of sayings that make me think David Kahn, the Minnesota Timberwolves GM is incredibly smart.

Lester Hudson was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 2009 NBA draft with the 58th overall pick, then was waived because he did not have a role with the team at all.

The Boston Celtics were in that situation, because there would be no point in trading anything for a rookie who had virtually not played at all and other GMs knew he would be waived anyway.

Usually when a team is interested in a player like Hudson (the Memphis Grizzlies), the team could trade a second-round pick for him, and the Boston Celtics would welcome that, but that would have been rendered pointless because the Memphis Grizzlies claimed Hudson off of waivers.

Smart move right?

David Kahn has made numerous statements regarding Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft who chose to stay overseas for two more years instead of play in the NBA.

His statements basically state he's not looking to trade Rubio and he really wants him in a Timberwolves uniform when he does come to the NBA.

What does this do?

This ensures that David Kahn will always get maximum value when he does make trades. Earlier in the season, David Kahn traded Jason Hart, a backup point guard who had only played five minutes all season, for a second-round pick and Alando Tucker, a 2007 first-round pick.

Ultimately, a trade that's pointless in terms of major quantity, but effective nonetheless because of the value given out, for the potential coming in.

Al Jefferson was reportedly offered for Danny Granger, an All-Star small forward for the Indiana Pacers. Indiana reportedly turned the offer down immediately, but David Kahn insisted he did not offer Al Jefferson to the Pacers and the reports were rumors.

David Kahn said he hasn't made any calls.

The sources from the rumors are usually incredibly reliable, so is this a message stating Kahn wouldn't give up Jefferson for players of lower caliber than Danny Granger?

Is it in the same fashion of David Kahn not wanting to give up Ricky Rubio for anything less than something you just cannot refuse?

I think so, and Kahn has been proving he's well capable of running an NBA team from the "big chair".

 

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