Wolfson: Latest on Wolves Trade Talk
Created: 02/20/2013 10:11 AM KSTP.com
By: Darren Wolfson
As of late Tuesday night, after weeks of phone calls and text messages, Minnesota Timberwolves president of operations David Kahn seems unconvinced he can make a trade by the 2 p.m. Thursday deadline, a league source said.
It won't be from a lack of effort, however. Guards Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy and forward Derrick Williams are all available, according to league sources. So is Memphis' first-round draft pick, which the Wolves own.
The player the Wolves have gotten the most calls about is forward Andrei Kirilenko, but barring a too-good-to-be true offer, he's not going anywhere.
The Wolves have reached out to Dallas about guard O.J. Mayo, according to a league source, but have been rebuffed.
Kahn's top priority at this point is to add a two-guard/small forward with size. But there is truth to his interest in Denver center Timofey Mozgov, a restricted free agent this coming summer who played with Kirilenko and Wolves guard Alexey Shved on the Russian Olympic team.
"They like Mozgov," a league source said. "They think he is a better value than Pek (Nikola Pekovic). They would let Pek go in free agency (this summer). They still may pursue Mozgov in free agency."
Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday night the Wolves offered Roy and the Memphis first-rounder for Mozgov but were turned down. A happy medium between the two teams is unlikely in the next two days.
Pekovic's camp has been given verbal assurances he's staying put for now, but nothing beyond that. A team source still scoffs at the notion that Pekovic is worth $11 million/year on a long-term deal. But whether it's the Wolves or a different team, it's inevitable he's getting that this summer.
In a letter to season-ticket holders this week, Wolves coach Rick Adelman wrote, "Our goal is to re-sign (Pekovic) this summer." Another source said there's concern Pekovic will never be able to hold up for a full season. Playing extended minutes for the first time last season, he broke down, and he has missed games this year as well.
As previously reported in this space, it'll take Williams and a future first-round pick to pry J.J. Redick away from Orlando. That's unlikely to happen, but Redick is still someone the Wolves covet.
Also as previously reported, Roy and his financial advisor still have no interest in accepting a buyout. Because these talks have been ongoing for weeks, a trade has always been the second option. But it's an option nonetheless.
The Wolves are not in on Atlanta's Josh Smith or Portland's J.J. Hickson.
To get Boston's Avery Bradley, the Wolves would have to sacrifice Williams and a future first-round pick, according to a league source. That's not happening.
Another name to keep an eye on are Boston's Courtney Lee, whom Adelman likes, according to a team source. Lee played for Adelman in Houston.
But another team source said the Wolves were not inclined to offer a four-year deal, which Boston eventually did, when they talked with Lee's representative last summer. In other words, the contract could bother the Wolves.
Kahn has long been an admirer of Utah's Gordon Hayward, too, but the two teams don't seem to be a match.
Regional scouts Pete Philo and Milton Barnes are at Target Center through Thursday to help Kahn.