NBA Trade Rumors: Are Minnesota Timberwolves Actively Shopping Al Jefferson?

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IJune 23, 2010

PHOENIX - MARCH 16:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 16, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 152-114.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN.com, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made their choice between Kevin Love and Al Jefferson.

And they choose Love.

Reports suggest the team is doing everything in its power to unload Jefferson's hefty salary in order to free up playing time for the cheaper and more versatile Love.  

They are also trying to get solid players and/or expiring contracts in return.

Minnesota has supposedly spoken with the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies, among other teams.

Names like Troy Murphy, Tayshaun Prince, and Zach Randolph have been thrown around, although no known deals have been placed on the table.

Minnesota is also rumored to be shopping Jonny Flynn and some of their draft picks in order to change position in the draft, and possibly land an upgrade at point guard.

Regardless, unloading Jefferson appears to be their main objective.

Shipping off the star power forward could land them a solid player in return, an expiring contract, and could allow the Timberwolves more draft flexibility with the fourth pick on Thursday.

Minnesota is said to be coveting Wesley Johnson and Derrick Favors, although Johnson is rumored to be going to New Jersey at the third pick, making Favors the most likely choice.

If the T'Wolves can unload Jefferson before they pick, they could select Favors or DeMarcus Cousins with a free conscience, knowing they could move either Love or their new draft pick to center, leaving the other to play power forward.

Stay tuned for more news, rumors, and trades as we get closer to the action .