Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: How They Acquire Kevin Martin

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have assembled a respectable squad with just 11 days until they open their season against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Before the lockout, the Timberwolves brought point guard Ricky Rubio over from Spain. They’ve  also signed both of their draft picks. Number two overall selection Derrick Williams, and second round pick Malcom Lee are both signed and ready to contribute right away.

Those three rookies will be joined by free agent signee J.J. Barea. The Wolves and Barea agreed to a four year contract just days ago.

The main piece that is missing is a scoring shooting guard. One name that has been tossed around in trade rumors all offseason (all two weeks of it) is Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Kevin Martin.

Martin would be a great addition to this young Timberwolves team, but how would they go about bringing in a player of Martin’s caliber?

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Assets: Draft Picks and Cap Space

The Minnesota Timberwolves tip off their 2011-12 season in just 16 days on December 26th.

That means Timberwolves’ GM David Kahn and head coach Rick Adelman have 12 days to get their opening roster set. That could come in the form of a free agent signing or a trade.

In order to execute a trade, the Wolves will surely use one of their future draft picks. And due to their abundance of cap space, the Wolves are still able to make a semi-splash in free agency, or also adding a player with a sizable contract.

Here are the Wolves assets that don’t come in the form of actual basketball players. Although in some cases- Nikola Pekovic– a piece of paper that says “Utah Jazz Protected 1st Round Pick” would have a better chance of catching a Ricky Rubio no look pass. [Read more…]