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Updated: July 13th, 2010 2:07pm
Wolves trade Al Jefferson to Utah for two first round picks

Wolves trade Al Jefferson to Utah for two first round picks

by Phil Mackey
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The Timberwolves and Jazz have agreed to a deal that sends Al Jefferson to Utah for two future first round draft picks.

Jefferson, 25, was the last link from the Kevin Garnett trade three years ago. He averaged 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds last season coming off major knee surgery.

In a statement released by the team, Kahn said, "Al is motivated to have a career-defining season and I recognize the Jazz will be the recipients of that, not us. I expect him to help Utah immensely."

Kahn had talked openly over the last few weeks about Jefferson's availability, saying during a conference call on Monday night that the star power forward, "doesn't seem to feel awkward" about the ongoing trade discussions.

Update: The Wolves will also receive 7-foot center Kosta Koufos in the deal, but per the Star Tribune, Kahn will work to trade Koufos to a team that will use him more.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Al Jefferson, Kosta Koufos