Minnesota Timberwolves Doing All They Can to Move Al Jefferson?
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 it’s power to unload Jefferson’s hefty salary in order to free up playing time for the cheaper and more versatile Love, while also trying to get solid players and/or expiring contracts in return.
The team has said to have spoken to the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies, among other teams. Names such as Troy Murphy, Tayshaun Prince, and Zach Randolph have been thrown around, although no known deals have been placed on the table.
Minnesota has also been rumored to be interested to move Jonny Flynn and some of their draft picks in order to change position in the draft, as well as possibly land an upgrade at point guard.
Regardless, unloading Jefferson appears to be their main objective, as shipping off the star power forward could land them a solid player in return, an expiring contract, and could allow them more flexibility with their draft selection with the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
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 are able to unload Jefferson before they pick, they could draft Favors or DeMarcus Cousins with a free conscience, knowing they could move either Love or their new draft pick to center, while the other could play power forward.
Stay tuned for more news, rumors, and trades as we get closer to the action.