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Trade targets and 2012 restricted free-agents

The Wolves are just a couple of games shy of .500 and they've already played just over a quarter of the 66 games scheduled for the 2011-2012 season. The majority of the team's 7 losses were winnable and the outcome wasn't decided until the last few possessions. It's fair to say that a team that has played the majority of it's games this season with only two above average players (Love and Rubio) and has received competent play from at best two other players (Ridnour and Williams... JJ and Beasley, if you wan't to make the argument that he is a serviceable scorer). Suffice to say, with one additional above average player the team could have easily split those seven losses and be on the plus side of a .500 record.

It would appear as if Kahn is taking a "wait and see" approach to the roster; that is, he is waiting to see how Brad Miller, Webster, JJ, and Beasley integrate into Adleman's rotation before he makes any small or drastic roster moves. I suppose it is possible that with the addition of these four players that the Wolves' second unit will be improved enough to transform close losses into wins. That being said, with just a little help the team is on the verge of being a serious contender for the 8th playoff spot and it might make more sense to package a couple of those players and trade for players that will be restricted free agents this summer.

Players such as OJ Mayo, Gerald Henderson, Mickael Pietrus, Ray Allen, James Anderson, Courtney Lee, Robin Lopez, Javale McGee, Roy Hibbert, and Omer Asik will be restricted free agents this summer.In the summer, I'd love to see the Wolves sign any big man/ wing tandem from this list. However, in the cases of Henderson, McGee, and Hibbert... their respective current teams' will likely match any offer they sign in the summer with another team. It's possible Minnesota could trade for them now and in the case of Hibbert, the team should consider including DWill in a trade package.

At the very least, I have to imagine that if the Wolves were able to move a package comprised of a combination of pieces including players such as Wesley Johnson, Williams, Pekovic, Beasley, Ridnour, Webster, and even the #1's owed to Minnesota by Utah and Memphis that the Wolves could pick up Gerald Henderson/Manther. Or the players could be used in a couple of deals to net players like Omer Asik (Gatdamn... he'd be perfect next to Love!), James Anderson, Mayo, or Robin Lopez.

Here's to hoping that Kahn is looking to be proactive and is looking for deals that will push the Wolves into the playoffs this season.

-Bryce



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