Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: 5 Possible Trade Partners

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5 Teams The Minnesota Timberwolves Could Trade With

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The Minnesota Timberwolves started out the season hot. Their core of starters performed above expectations, with new additions Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin instantly clicking in the offense, and returning star Kevin Love showing that he is arguably the best power forward in the league. After the hot start, however, the team’s weaknesses started to show through. While their starting lineup is one of the best in the league, their bench is one of the worst in the league. On nights when a starter is sick, injured, or simply slumping, no one has been able to come in, step up, and win games.

Two Wolves players, Alexey Shved and Derrick Williams, have been getting surprisingly little run. Both showed flashes of promise last year, and figured to be major contributors off the bench this year, but their performances haven't matched their potential, and the result has been spotty minutes and DNPs. Both players are reportedly on the trading block now, and opposing teams have to see this as a buy-low opportunity.

The Timberwolves seem committed to showing Love that they can and will win now, as Love’s opt-out clause looms in the future. That said, the Wolves will be looking for veteran players who can help them this season, rather than draft picks or young players with untapped upside.

Many teams are looking to shed salaries and rebuild this year, so the Wolves may have some options when it comes to trade partners. Here are five teams who may have interest in Shved and Williams and may also have tradeable players who would help the Timberwolves.

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5. Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns proved their commitment to tanking the season and letting the young guys run the show when they traded Marcin Gortat for an injured Emeka Okafor. They really don’t have many veterans left, but they do have Channing Frye, a stretch four, playing ahead of Markieff Morris, a second year player who has impressed thus far. Goran Dragic is supposedly on the trading block too, but the Wolves are relatively set at point guard.

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4. Philadelphia 76ers

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Like the Suns, the Philadelphia 76ers recently dismantled their lineup, and are now led by a group of young players with limited experience and, well, for the most part, limited potential, too. Their three key returning veterans Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes are all possible trade chips. Any of these players would fix a weak spot in the Wolves’ rotation, but will the 76ers take Williams and/or Shved in exchange? You never know.

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3. New York Knicks

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This is probably the least likely trade scenario, but the New York Knicks are shopping Iman Shumpert, with rumors of a trade for Kenneth Farried or Rajon Rondo having leaked recently. These trades likely won’t happen, but a trade with the Wolves is a possibility. If the Wolves and Knicks do make a trade, there will almost certainly be a third partner involved, and what exactly each party receives is anyone’s guess.

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2. Sacramento Kings

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The Sacramento Kings may be interested in Derrick Williams. A trade with them would likely involve Chuck Hayes or Jason Thompson. If Shved is thrown into the deal, the Kings could throw in Jimmer Fridette, who would give the Wolves some much needed shooting off the bench.

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1. Boston Celtics

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Kris Humphries has appeared miserable in Celtic green since being traded to the Boston Celtics this summer. He supposedly wants to be traded, and a return to Minnesota would make sense, as the Wolves don’t really have a backup power forward. His career has dropped off since his well-publicized divorce, but as recently as two seasons ago, he was a double-double machine, and he can certainly help the Wolves.

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