Friday, January 18, 2013
Wolves to trade for a big man?
By Tom Carpenter
Per 1500ESPN.com's Darren Wolfson, Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn has been attempting to acquire a big man.
"Kahn was aggressively working the phone Wednesday and Thursday way more than normal for mid-January and is making some progress on a trade. The source said it's for more of a big guy, not a wing," he wrote.
"The most likely player to be sent elsewhere is forward Derrick Williams. Multiple team and league sources say he's being shopped heavily."
Likely not coincidentally, Williams made his first start since mid-November on Thursday and played 31 minutes (second most this season) and finished with 10 points and 7 boards.
It's not clear which teams are in the mix for a trade with the Wolves, but Wolfson said Minnesota isn't interested in the Portland Trail Blazers' J.J. Hickson or the Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith, though they may reconsider their stance on trading for the Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay.
"The source said if a trade for Gay comes, expect center Nikola Pekovic to go out, likely in a three-team deal," Wolfson noted. "The Wolves won't have Gay and Pekovic together, fearing the salary ramifications starting next year."
In the short term, Pek is expected to miss seven to 10 days due to his quadriceps injury, according to the Star-Tribune's Kent Youngblood.