1. Kevin Martin: This one makes the most sense. Ties to Rick Adelman and proven success in his offense, Martin is a versatile wing scorer who can knock down threes and drive to the basket. A 6-7 shooting guard, he possesses quickness and average defensive ability. Martin comes with a price tag (making $12 million this year) and is under control through next season. Turning 29 on February 1, it remains unclear how much Martin has left in the tank.
Potential Trade Scenario: Kevin Martin to Wolves for SG/SF Wesley Johnson, SF/PF Michael Beasley and future first round pick
2. Raja Bell: A less sexy target, Bell is a seasoned veteran who can play solid defense and knock down the open shot. At 35 years old Bell may not have many seasons left. He is unhappy with his current situation in Utah and may be had for a discount at the trade deadline for teams not looking to spend big. He is under team control through next season and is making around $3 million per year.
Potential Trade Scenario: Raja Bell to Wolves for two future second round picks
3. Andre Iguodala: Timberwolves fans have heard the trade speculation around Iggy for some time now. A very versatile wing scorer who can pass and rebound, Iguodala would surely be an upgrade at shooting guard. His ability to defend is a plus, but his bloated salary causes problems. Also, Philadelphia is rumored to be demanding a rather large return on Iggy. Iguodala appears to have returned from knee surgery positively, and will be turning 28 on January 28. Hey, he even got invited to try out for the US team too. He is making 13.5 million this year and is under team control through next year.
Potential Trade Scenario: Andre Iguodala to Wolves for SG/SF Wesley Johnson, SG/SF Martell Webster, PF Anthony Randolph and future first round pick
4. Monta Ellis: This trade seems less likely by the week. As details come out about his possible sexual harassment of a Golden State employee, the Timberwolves and Rick Adelman may not want to risk hurting the chemistry of their young team with a negative influence. However, Ellis possesses a skill set that few have in the NBA and can get separation and score on any defender in the league. Undersized as a SG, he is not a plus on defense. However, his offensive capabilities appear to compensate for his problems on defense. Still only 26, Ellis is in his seventh season. He is due a rather reasonable $11 million per year for the next three years.
Potential Trade Scenario: Ellis to Wolves for SG/SF Wesley Johnson, SF/PF Michael Beasley, PG Luke Ridnour, and a future first round pick
5. OJ Mayo: Boy do the Grizzlies wish they never traded Kevin Love to Minnesota. The fact that Memphis nearly completed two separate trades that would have sent Mayo to a new team says a lot about how they see him in the future of their team. Although Memphis just traded Xavier Henry thinning out their shooting guard rotation, I still think a trade of Mayo is possible. Mayo has turned into a smart shooting guard who can defend and knock down shots, and is still very young. However, his character and off the court actions are concerns. Getting Mayo would be a nice upgrade for the Timberwolves.
Potential Trade Scenario: Mayo to Wolves for SF/PF Michael Beasley and future first round pick