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Perhaps a cheap way to add a top pick...

First off, I had a friend show me this blog and I love posting possible trades for the Timberwolves so here's one I think would be worth considering:

Timberwolves trade Brian Cardinal and the 28th, 45th and 47th selections in the 2009 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks for Jared Jefferies, cash considerations and the 8th selection in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Why the Timberwolves do this trade: While Jefferies does have two years remaining on his contract, this trade is all about obtaining another piece of the rebuilding project. The extra year of Jefferies' contract is around $6.5 million but wouldn't completely hinder the Wolves opportunity to add a player in next year's free agent pool. The Knicks could add between $2-$3 million to the trade which is essentially a sale of a couple of mid-second round picks as well. The Wolves would do this trade with the hopes of drafting two of the following players: James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Jonny Flynn or DeMar DeRozan. My dream choices for these picks would be James Harden at 6 and Stephen Curry at 8.

Why the Knicks do this trade: Two words: LeBron James. This trade is the final piece of the cap restructuring for the Knicks and clearing Jefferies' contract would allow for a LeBron, Chris Bosh and Steve Nash 2010 off-season. Is the cost high? Yes. However, it makes the dream so much closer of a free agent bonanza. It also allows the Knicks to add European players in the late first round and second round who could be over in time to team with LeBron.

So what do you think? Love this trade, hate this trade? Who do you think the Wolves should take if they got the 8th from the Knicks?

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