Wessel: Wolves would be wise to stand pat at NBA trade deadline
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman says all is quiet on the trade front on the eve of Thursday's 2 p.m. NBA trade deadline.
Adelman did joke that it isn't like he'd be gabbing to the media if something was imminent, but he seemed to be telling the truth, and that is a good thing for the Wolves, who should wait until the summer when they are better positioned in the market place to make a deal.
Of course everything can change with a single phone call, but for now at least, it appears the Wolves will stand pat.
The league as a whole is very quiet this year, perhaps because of the new collective bargaining agreement that went in place, and not a single move had been made as of tipoff of Wednesday's 97-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
"I don't think (a move will be made), but who knows?" Adelman said. "Sounds like everything is quiet right now so I don't know."
Adelman hit on the key phrase when he said the team will only make a move if it makes sense, both for this year and for the future. Adelman said he still believes this team has a shot at the playoffs, which may just be lip service at this point as the Wolves are closer to the cellar of the West than they are a playoff spot. But even if he does truly believe they have a shot at the playoffs, Adelman must know it is a small chance.
The trade pieces on the market are J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Williams and Brandon Roy. Nikola Pekovic has been assured he won't be moved at the deadline. All of those pieces, with the exception of Brandon Roy's expiring contract, will likely get better value over the summer when more teams are looking to deal, not just the few buyers at this year's deadline. From all accounts, it appears the Wolves would be at best getting poor value on any trade and at worst be getting completely fleeced.
In short, don't make a move just to make a move. The Wolves aren't in a position where a trade is crucial.
Adelman has been in contact with Kahn who has been working the phones with all the typical jockeying and lobbying that takes place every year before the deadline.
There are always calls being made and trades being proposed, but the percentage that actually turns into something is miniscule.
Any potential trade that Kahn may be tempted to pull the trigger on must run through Adelman for his approval. It has long been thought that Adelman had a huge say on any move made upstairs, but he has never been blunter than he was Wednesday when asked if the front office needs his approval.
"They'd definitely come to me (before making a deal)," Adelman said, almost shocked that this was even a question.
Some GMs run their house, others round around their house. It appears Kahn still very much runs around his house.
And fans should continue being happy that Adelman takes such an active interest in any moves made by Kahn. It makes it far less likely the Wolves do anything shortsighted.
But all of that is moot for now unless something big changes and a team make the Wolves a Godfather offer. The Wolves have pieces that they can and should trade, but it is looking more and more like they will do the smart thing and wait until this summer.