If anyone has watched ESPN this week, you surely know that the Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to trade star F Kevin Garnett.
The latest is that the potential deal with the L.A. Lakers is now dead, and the Phoenix Suns have now become a frontrunner. The deal involving the Suns would also include the Boston Celtics, who Garnett has reportedly already said he doesn’t want to be traded to. The Celtics would get All-Star F Shawn Marion from the Suns. The Suns would of course get Garnett, and the Wolves would likely get a package of players and draft picks. Of course this all rumor and hearsay until a deal is done.
I think the Wolves need to do this, for some basic reasons: 1. To essentially rebuild the roster and get younger. 2. To rid themselves a crippling salary, as Garnett is slated to make $20+ million the next two years. 3. To give the future Hall Of Famer Garnett a chance to win an NBA championship, which will not happen in Minnnesota in the near future.
The things that hinder trade talks are these: 1. With the NBA’s salary cap structure, players involved in a trade have to basically matchup salary-wise. 2. Garnett has an opt-out clause in his contract after next season, so any team that acquires him would or should want a guarantee that he will not opt out of his contract (and rightly so).
Most likely, any trade involving Garnett would have to be done by draft day, which as I type is tomorrow night.
Another trade rumor I’ve heard involving the Timberwolves is G/F Ricky Davis to the Sacramento Kings for F/G Ron Artest. I, as a Minnesota native and slight homer, would take a more talented headcase if I can get one. Artest is definitely more talented then Davis, particularly defensively. Also, G Troy Hudson has expressed an interest in moving on in his career. If the T’Wolves can find anyone to trade “T-Hud” to that is. Oh well, Hudson always has his rap career to fall back on.
Memo to Wolves GM Kevin McHale: You’ve gotten rid of one worthless guy so far this offseason (G Mike James), so please continue to do so with some others..and maybe trade KG too, but only if it’s the right deal.