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If worthwhile deal is out there, Adelman says Wolves should listen

If worthwhile deal is out there, Adelman says Wolves should listen

by Nate Sandell
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As Thursday's trade deadline looms, speculation and rumors have ramped up, with the Minnesota Timberwolves being tossed around as a potential suitor.

Reports surfaced Monday night of a possible deal with the Memphis Grizzlies that would ship off J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger in exchange for Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen. Embattled Nuggets guard Andre Miller has also been a key name in the recent trade speculation surrounding the Wolves.

Two days before the 2 p.m. deadline, the Wolves have officially remained mum about any rumors. President of basketball operations Flip Saunders opted not to speak with reporters Tuesday at practice - Minnesota's first after five days off for the All-Star break.

Regardless if the Wolves make a move or not, the fact remains that they have an enormous task in front of them if they intend to make a playoff push when their season resumes Wednesday against the Pacers.

Sitting at 25-28, the Wolves are six games behind Phoenix and Golden State for the final spots in the Western Conference playoff picture. It would take victories in 20 of their final 29 games to reach the 45-win threshold teams from the West have historically needed to make the playoffs.

Coach Rick Adelman said he hasn't been told of any imminent trades, but insisted if a worthwhile deal is out there the Wolves should be inclined to listen.

"I think anytime you can add players that can help you then you really have to look at that," Adelman said. "We're under .500, so I think Flip and (general manager) Milt (Newton) are looking at everything."

"If something gets serious we'll find out about it. But right now, I just think you have to listen to whatever to is going. It takes two, sometimes three, to make a deal."

Meanwhile, when the trade rumors fly, it can always make for delicate footing when it comes to the players whose names are brought up.

Barea was upbeat about the recent speculation, deflecting any concerns he may have about a potential move.

"That's something that is out of my control," said Barea, who has been with the Wolves since 2011. "I'm a vet. I've been listening to trade rumors all my career, but I don't listen to that. If it happens, it happens. I'm happy with where I'm at."

Barea said he would "probably" talk with his agent, Dan Fegan, later Tuesday afternoon to get the latest update, but he reiterated he doesn't "worry about that stuff."

Budinger declined to talk with reporters, saying he didn't want discuss any potential trades.

After opening post-All-Star break at the Target Center, the Wolves head out on a five-game road trip that will keep them away from home for nearly two weeks starting on Friday.

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In this story: J.J. Barea, Chase Budinger