While the February 21st trade deadline looms large for some (KG/Bledsoe + Jordan, anyone?), Doogie’s got the goods on the Timberwolves moves:
The Knicks are one of several teams with interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves guard, according to a league source.
The others to varying degrees are Boston, Philadelphia, Utah and probably a couple more.
Wherever it is, a source close to Ridnour said he’s mentally preparing for a trade by Thursday afternoon’s deadline.
Ridnour, who is the Wolves’ only player to appear in every game this season, is the most likely Timberwolves player to be moved.
Nothing earth-shattering here, as Ridnour or Barea were most likely to be moved after Ricky Rubio got comfortable, the point guard depth was going to be a bit unnecessary. Ridnour would seem to have the most value, as he’s been Minnesota’s most consistent/available player this season. It is notable, the lack of detail about what the Wolves would receive for just Ridnour.
Guard Brandon Roy‘s financial advisor is still rejecting overtures on a buyout, which seems to be the Wolves’ preference over a trade.
Center Nikola Pekovic‘s camp has been given verbal assurances he isn’t going anywhere, for now.
Forward Derrick Williams is available, but a trade seems more likely this summer.
The lack of information on what Ridnour would fetch leaves one wanting, as the other shoe would seem to be Williams long-term status and Roy’s contract — if Pekovic is to be retained, as the mid-season ticket holders letters from Glen Taylor and Rick Adelman both mentioned — Roy’s expiring contract could come in handy.
If the current standings hold, the Wolves will have two first-round picks in June’s draft, according to president of operations David Kahn. Clearing up confusion on the pick the Wolves will eventually give Phoenix to complete the Wesley Johnson trade, Kahn said via email it won’t come this year because of certain protection based on the Wolves missing the playoffs and Memphis making it. So, the Wolves will have their pick and the pick acquired from Memphis in a 2011 trade. The Wolves’ pick is top 13-protected once again in 2014.
Big man Chris Johnson is under contract for next year, according to a source. The Wolves have decided not to announce it. It’s likely that the deal is non-guaranteed at the minimum.
Two picks on the way, for use or trade, and a Chris Johnson invitation to stick around. That’s news.
While Ricky Rubio was interviewed by the folks at hoopshype, he had kind words for Kevin Love and Rick Adelman. Happy everythings, there.