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NBA Rumors: Could Kyle Korver Be Headed To The Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves have kept themselves toward the top of the NBA newsfeed so far this summer, with trade rumors, free agent signings and rumored interest in plenty of other free agents. The latest scenario that has been reported has the Chicago Bulls exploring sign-and-trade options for swingman Kyle Korver, with the Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks being mentioned as options. The Bulls have until July 15 to exercise Korver’s $5 million contract option and they could choose to retain him without dangling him in trade talks.

Just how interested the Timberwolves are in Korver is unknown right now, and just what the Bulls would require in return in a trade is also a question. The Timberwolves would certainly want to unload a significant salary of their own, which could derail trade talks fairly quickly if the Bulls would rather cut payroll.

Korver would be a solid fit for the Timberwolves as a perimeter shooter, since he has made over 41 percent of his three-pointers during his career, but he has not averaged double-digit points per game in a season since the 2006-2007 season with the Philadelphia 76ers and offers little else in terms of filling the stat sheet (2.8 rebounds  and 1.6 assists per game for his career).

Korver would have to be considered at best a backup plan for Minnesota if the Portland Trailblazers choose to match the offer sheet they have agreed to with Nicolas Batum and a sign-and-trade can’t be worked out. All of that is likely to be worked out by Sunday when the Bulls have to exercise their option on Korver, then at that point the Timberwolves could ramp up their interest or fade away with little or no need to add another piece.