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Trade Rumors

Published by Axel on 1st December - 07:47 (CET)
There's been a lot of trade rumors regarding the Minnesota Timberwolves lately. Just as the rumors about a trade involving Ricky Rubio seemed to die, Yahoo Sports published an article suggesting that head coach Tom Thibodeau was growing impatient with progress of the team and will look to trade one of his younger stars for a veteran who already knows his system. Karl-Anthony Towns is probably off the table, but what about Andrew Wiggins? This season included, Wiggins got three years worth $23,247,541 left on his contract. In today's NBA that's a very cheap contract for someone averaging 22.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 40 percent on threes. It might be hard finding a trade with matching value and salaries. I'm not so sure that the Timberwolves would be ready to give that contract up at all. Especially for a player who already knows Thibodeau's system. Who the heck would that be? Jimmy Butler isn't going anywhere, the same could probably be said about the guys in New York and Luol Deng is under a huge contract with the Lakers. Taj Gibson for Wiggins? I don't think so.

Nerlens Noel recently got sent to Philadelphia 76ers' D-league affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. While he was sent there purely for rehab purposes, Noel has made various statements suggesting that he wants out of Philadelphia. Earlier this week, when asked if he, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor can fit on the same team, Noel had the following cheerful response:

"I don't see a way it can work, it's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night."

Just as recently as yesterday, an article was published on forbes.com suggesting a possible straight up trade between Noel and Chicago Bulls' forward Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic haven't done very well at all this season. He's currently averaging 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 32.1 percent on threes. With the exception of the rebounding that's all career lows. Just a few weeks ago, Mirotic himself said that it's all about confidence for him, perhaps a change of scenery might do him good? With a release of Mirotic, fellow Bull Doug McDermott would gain valuable playing time as he should be back from multiple concussions sustained in mid-November any day now. As for the 76ers, they already have a strong front court and could really use some help in the back. Noel and Mirotic have similar salaries and both of them will become free agents in the summer of 2017. This could actually be a win win situation as both teams are running the risk of losing those players for nothing when the season is over.

By now you are probably wondering why Rudy Gay hasn't been mentioned. There's always something new with this guy and you could probably write a book with nothing but Gay trade rumors. I'd buy it. Gay's got a player option for $14,263,566 in 17-18 but has made it clear to King's management that he doesn't intend to opt in for that deal and wants out. Kings will definitely look to trade him before he goes for nothing but Gay isn't exactly known to make teams win games and the Kings demands a pretty high price. Just recently turning down trade offers from the Pacers including Monta Ellis.

Teams have until February 23 to make their trades and it should be interesting to see where Gay and any other player might end up this time.

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