The Wolves did it. Al Jefferson to the Utah Jazz. It is really no surprise to anyone who have followed the Wolves and heard the rumblings of the estranged-marriage with Jefferson and Kevin Love. Not that Love and Jefferson don’t get a long, they just can not play together. So the Wolves finally moved their best player and the center piece of the Kevin Garnett trade to the Celtics.
Here is a section of the write-up from the AP;
The Timberwolves agreed to send Jefferson to the Jazz for two future first-round draft picks and center Kosta Koufos, the teams confirmed Tuesday. Utah used the traded player exception it got from Chicago in the Boozer deal to complete the transaction and give Minnesota even more salary cap flexibility going forward.
The Jazz will also send Minnesota the conditional first-round pick it got from Memphis in the Ronnie Brewer trade, plus another future first-rounder.
The deal makes sense for both teams in what they are trying to do. Utah needed to find a replacement for Boozer, and Minnesota wanted get out of Jefferson’s contract. Jefferson has four years and $42M left on his contract.
In the next few days we will look at this deal and other possible moves in more depth, and based on this quote from president of basketball operations David Kahn, there is more to come. “We’re only about halfway through this exercise,” Kahn said.