The NBA Trade Rumors are on and not even denials can sway the chatter.
Minnesota Timberwolves GM and coach Flip Saunders tried to brush off the recent trade rumors regarding some of his players.
Unfortunately for him, he also denied the Kevin Love trade rumors-and now Love is in Cleveland.
Of course, it cannot be blamed since it is considered as sabotage to admit a trade rumor (Omer Asik, anyone).
The news broke on Sunday via ESPN.com’s Marc Stein stating that the T-Wolves are shopping Corey Brewer with teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets claiming interest.
The man in Minnesota, Flip Saunders, downplayed this rumor when he spoke to the Star Tribune .
“That’s all you guys.
Everyone’s always trying to find something going on.” Of course, Saunders is playing the Public relations game.
It is a wrong move to give credence to a trade rumor as it will hamper negotiations.
But the fundamental element of a trade is there: an imbalanced roster.
The Timberwolves have a logjam at the shooting guard/small forward position especially with the acquisition of Andrew Wiggins.
It is suspected that the veterans would be the ones to go.
ESPN states that money is a factor: “Brewer is signed through 2015-16 and he’s making $4.7 million this season and $4.9 million next year.
Budinger is on the books for $5 million each of the next two seasons and owns a player option for 2015-16.” Another factor is Ricky Rubio’s injury, leaving a void at point guard.
But Saunders again contends that he’s not making any pursuit.
“We knew coming into the season what we were going to do.
We’re not just going to make a snap decision to help us win four more games if it’s going to hurt us in the long run.
That’s the direction we went in.
I don’t think there are great point guards just sitting out there.
There are good point guards.
But could that change? Anything could change.
But we’re going to see how things play out.” We cannot fault Saunders for doing his job as the trade rumor mill will do theirs.
A deal is expected between December and the trade deadline.