NBA Trade Ideas: The 5 Minnesota Timberwolves That May Be Dealt on Feb. 24
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Anyways, the Wolves have been the center of many trades before this trade deadline.
Minnesota has had Anthony Randolph, O.J. Mayo and Steve Nash on its radar in the last month or so.
The truth is, some of the Pups may be on their way out if any of these trades go down. I will take a look at the top five Wolves and give them percentages in order to determine who will take a leave from Minneapolis.
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5. Sebastian Telfair
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Sebastian Telfair has had the weirdest roller coaster of a career. Coming into the league, Telfair was supposed to be the next big thing in basketball.
Unfortunately it hasn't really panned out the way he had hoped, and he has found himself in a dire situation in Minnesota, playing less than 20 minutes per contest.
His second stint as a Wolf has been much different than his first. Three seasons ago he was averaging 10 points and five assists a game as a regular starter, but now is averaging less than eight points and three assists.
Teams know there is still potential left, and they might want to add the 25-year-old for the price of a reserve role player.
Chance of Departure: 20 percent
4. Wesley Johnson
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The fourth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, Wesley Johnson might find himself in the middle of trade talks come Feb. 24.
Johnson impressed many last night at the 2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, scoring an incredible 25 in as many minutes. The Rooks ultimately won by eight, and when Wes was on the floor they outscored the Sophs by 14.
A versatile player, the 6'7" Johnson is averaging 8.8 points, fourth among first-years.
He might be a viable trade package to get a first-round pick or a spot starter from another team. I could see this happening, as Wes is just a 22-year-old rookie and hopefully has a long career in store.
Chance of Departure: 25 percent
3. Luke Ridnour
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The veteran of the club, Luke Ridnour has taken on the role as the best passer in Minnesota, and is averaging 11.6 points and 5.6 assists in his first season since taking his talents to Minneapolis.
However in late December, there were rumors circling that the Knicks had interest in the 6'3" Ridnour. He would serve as a great backup to the improving Raymond Felton.
Teams will want to make him a part of their lineup, as he is shooting a stellar 43.7 percent.
He could get the Wolves much-needed depth in the frontcourt.
This lands the 29-year-old Oregon product a spot on this list, and he might be leaving the Land of 10,000 Lakes soon.
Chance of Departure: 33 percent
2. Jonny Flynn
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Jonny Flynn, the third point guard on this list, has the best chance of the guard bunch to skip town.
Flynn, a 6'0" Niagara Falls product, started 81 games for the Wolves last season, putting up 13.5 points and 4.4 assists in 29 minutes per. This season, however, he has regressed into a backup role to Luke Ridnour and has limited his numbers in 5.8 points and 3.3 assists.
Why are there so many point guards on this list? For one, the T'Wolves have been tracking Steve Nash, and might need to send Flynn or someone else over to Phoenix in order to finish the deal.
He might also be involved in a prospective O.J. Mayo deal as well, strengthening his chances of leaving and placing him second here.
Chance of Departure: 35 percent
1. Corey Brewer
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I wrote a piece recently on five reasons Corey Brewer needs to be shipped. Five days later, I stand firm by my comments.
Corey, the longest-tenured Timberwolf, wants to be on a winning team again. He deserves it since he has "suffered" so long in 'Snowta.
Secondly, he needs to be dealt while he still has great trade value. The Wolves can give Brewer and a first-round pick in order to get a guy like Stephen Curry of the Warriors.
Next, other teams would give him optimal playing time. Also, teams love his lockdown defense and will be willing to give up a lot to get him.
The fact of the matter is that there is a good chance Brewer will be gone come next Thursday. It'll be difficult to see this fan favorite go, but he ultimately needs to.
Chance of Departure: 50 percent