The Timberwolves came into the 2013/14 season with high expectations, or at the very least, expectations of being a playoff team in a loaded Western Conference. After a hot start, the team has cooled down some and is floating around what I like to call the Mason-Dixon Line, i.e. playing around .500 ball. The schedule has done the team no favors, but that is completely out of the team’s control. What we do know from the first third of the season is that the team is lacking in the depth department. Coach Adelman is relying too heavily on his starters and a seven/eight man rotation is going to pay unkind dividends come March and April.
With that train of thought in mind, I took a look around the league and played with the NBA Trade Machine to find a few potential deals that might make sense for the Wolves and its trade partner. I am considering the following players untouchable: Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Kevin Love, and Nikola Pekovic. While I don’t think Corey Brewer is a chip that would be dangled out there, I also wouldn’t consider him untouchable. These trades are largely built with the thought of improving our depth and are not blockbuster deals. [Read more…]