Minnesota Timberwolves: Players on the Trading Block

Timber WolfAnalyst IINovember 29, 2009

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It will be interesting to see who the Wolves may trade before the February deadline.

The key for any trades will be how the move affects the team’s “culture”, something they need to show they are really stepping towards improving.

Minnesota has plenty of cap space and draft picks, which hopefully bodes well for the Wolves.

While there are only five or six keeper players from the Wolves, let’s look at who could be traded and what we could get in return.

Ryan Gomes

His contract comes off the books after this upcoming season, and he could be an asset to another young, upcoming team that needs depth at the three and the four spots. What could we get? Second round pick, cash, and a young bench player that needs some playing time, i.e J.R Giddens or Bill Walker.

Oleksiy Pecherov

His contract comes off the books this upcoming season, and the fact of the matter is, if Kevin Love is his old self, there's no playing time for Pecherov. Personally, I am more confident with Love shooting threes than Pecherov. What could we get? More than likely, just a second round pick.

Mark Blount 

A valuable asset to the Wolves, his contract could be traded to a team looking to free agency, and in need of a veteran big man. What could we get? Hopefully, a young player distraught with his team, i.e Nick Young. Although we'd probably have to give up a second round pick and filler.

Brian Cardinal

His contract also is a valuable asset to the Wolves. But more than likely, we couldn't get anything in return for Cardinal straight up, and he will serve as filler.

Now it gets juicy.

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Jonny Flynn or Ramon Sessions?

It's almost inevitable that one of these two players will be traded. Two point guards capable of starting in the NBA on the same team; it's kind of a giveaway. What could we get? I'd love to trade Jonny or Ramon to the Sacramento Kings for Kevin Martin, but that's just me.

Al Jefferson

I know some are going to love this, and some are going to hate it. But I think by the trade deadline, Jefferson is going to grow frustrated, and he's going to want to go to a different situation. We ultimately would have Kevin Love as our future starting PF, which would STILL be great.

What could we get? A little bit of everything; a young prospect big man, a first round pick, cash, maybe a European contract...who knows?

I think Corey Brewer will stick around because, eventually, the team is going to become the run-n-gun squad David Kahn has envisioned; Brewer will flourish. Kevin Love is a keeper as is one of our starting caliber point guards.

Ultimately, anyone could be traded on this team. But it's always nice to speculate just who it might be.

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