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Al Jefferson traded to Jazz for picks. Minnesota's self destruction continues.

Jul 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

nba_jefferson1_250.jpgAl Jefferson is not perfect, but the man had two 20-10 years, is 25, and gave Minnesota 17 and 9 last year trying to come back from a knee surgery he should be past this season.

Minnesota’s telegraphing of trading him was so bad Utah was able to get him for two first round pick, in a deal expected to be finalized later today according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Utah had been considered the frontrunner so this is not a surprise.

And it’s a great pick up for Utah — they essentially traded Carlos Boozer for Al Jefferson this summer. Jefferson is half the price, scores and rebounds close to as much (Boozer is a more efficient shooter) and if you compare career PER they are very close. Neither of them plays great defense. Basically, Utah doesn’t take a step back at the four.

Minnesota wants to build around Kevin Love down low and the Jefferson/Love pairing did not work well. So if they want to move Jefferson, I get that.

But they so telegraphed what they were doing that every team in the league lowballed them on offers. Guys that can be 20-10 guys and are 25 do not get dumped out in a salary clearance for a couple picks (one of which, belonging to Memphis, is lottery protected).

Minnesota’s frontcourt now is Darko Milicic, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley coming off the bench. Not to worry though, they have plenty of point guards to make up for it.

  1. Pat - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Lol, what an uninformed post. The TPE/Capspace is the main chip that the Wolves are getting and you don’t even mention it. Ugh.

  2. Self-destruction - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Oh no! The wolves will lose their top player from a 15 win team! Anything but that! I love clumsily using sarcasm to prove a point!

  3. M-Dogg - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    HA – The TPE likely will allow the wolves to trade for a better player than Jefferson at next season’s deadline by receiving a $13 million player as a salary dump or expiring contract.
    And either of which is more of an asset than Jefferson, who is owed almost $45 million the next three years and, simply put, isn’t that good. The guy’s been in the league a long time and every year his teams have been the worst interior defensive clubs in the league.
    Stop trashing Kahn – exchanging Al’s bloated contract for cap space and picks and giving his roster spot to Beasley is a damn good move.

  4. Nick - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    The fact that they couldn’t really get anything for Jefferson sucks (2 years ago, he was one of the brightest, most valuable players in the league, similar to CB4).
    But overall, it’s not a terrible deal. And call me crazy, but I think Minnesota has improved since last year.
    They got Beasley, who has the skills to be an all-star – he just needs to get himself together, which is easier in a place where there will be practically no pressure at all.
    And obviosuly they have a plethora of guards, but if Kahn can somehow orchestrate a trade involving one or more of those guards and use his cap space, he may be able to pick up some decent swingmen, and surprise surprise, you have a 35-40 win team (lol I know thats not the ultimate goal, but its better than 15-20!).
    Youre assuming they have a terrible frontcourt, but I dunno – all of those players certainly have not lived up to expectations, but you cant deny their potential.
    And Wesley Johnson can be a long-term answer at small forward.
    I think Kahn is nuts, but the fact is, he has been accumulating picks and young talent forever, and its going to produce some dividends eventually

  5. B_ran - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Dude you are a horrible writer, how did you get this job? they are getting the teams TPE which means we can trade for a player worth 14 mill a year..and two first round pics. ALL FOR A GUY NO ONE WANTS TO PAY!!IT WAS A GREAT MOVE BY THE KAHN ARTIST! your a moron..if you knew anything about the nba you would know how valuable the Tpe is…dumbass
    p.s why does every article have you bashing the wolves..you bashed when we traded to F’n second round pics for Michael F’n Beasley!! At the time you mocked them for two many power forwards..now we trade one and you rip them…why are you panties in a bunch? YOU NEED TO GET LAID MY FRIEND!

  6. Hmm - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    You are exactly right!! I think we got the better end of the deal.

  7. Lance - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Wow, B_Ran. Take a lude, dude! Agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but holy hell does that delivery need some work. Yikes.

  8. Steve - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    The Wolves are receiving picks and a trade exception… the trade exception can and will be used to facilitate trades with other teams during the next 12 months. So in reality the Wolves will receive future draft picks, salary cap flexibility and the ability to buy or trade for other teams players that they can no longer afford due to their own cap mismanagement. Kurt… pull your head out and know the facts. You have a job to do and you have been doing a very poor job of it. There is a very real chance in the next 12 months that all-star players will be looking to be sent elsewhere and the exception puts the Wolves in postion to acquire them while few other teams are.

  9. Jeremy - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    You’d think this would be a better blog site, but it isn’t. Any article I’ve read here on the Wolves has been trite and shallow-minded. The whole point of the trade was for cap space, the TPE and to give Love and Beasley some PT. Bash us if we don’t get anybody for the TPE.
    Surprised your little brain didn’t realize that Darko is our highest paid player on the roster.
    Why don’t you go bash the Nets or Golden State or even Utah for their off seasons. Our moves have turned out pretty well so far and Icannot wait to watch next season.
    Go Kahn.

  10. donniev007 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    i’m not a wolves fan, and i dont understand why this writer keeps bashing them. dumping jefferson and the huge contract for 2 picks and a $13M trade exception is a good move. jefferson is one of the worst interior defenders in the league, and now a better player – kevin love needs 35 minutes a game.

  11. Jeremy - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Timberwolves today = 0 bad contracts
    Timberwolves 13 months ago = myriad of bad contracts
    2011 Roster:
    Rubio/Ridnour
    Webster/Fernandez/(2011 draft pick)
    Johnson/Hayward
    Love/Beasley
    Darko/Pek
    Keep going Kahn.

  12. Byah - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Don’t forget Flynn as a 6th man scoring spark plug/change of pace to Rubio. Or if he gets dealt in another deal. You are also forgetting Brewer way over Hayward. He stepped his game up last year and improved.

  13. Brandon - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Any fan who watched this team last year can tell you Jefferson played matador defense while being a black hole offensively. To put it simpler: he was the most overrated player in the league. Also, did you just evaluate his effectiveness by using points and rebounds? That’s it?
    I have no problem with you bashing the Wolves, but the fact that nearly 100% of diehards (all eight of us) are happy with the trade should tell you something. Hot tip for you: research before you write.

  14. Keith - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    I think one thing people are forgetting, since the T-Wolves were under the Cap, they get no Trade Exception. Utah used their trade exception to get Big Black Hole from us, but since we were under the cap, we just get his 13 million off the books. Which is better than a TPE, since those expire in 1 year. A team under the cap, never loses the cap space.

  15. Ryan - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    As one of the “team of 1800″ I completely agree with everyone else’s comments here. Loved Al but it was definitely time to go. I also have noticed the constant wolves bashing that takes place on this site daily and just once would like one of these “joke journalists” to back up their statements. C’mon Kurt…. got nothing to say? All these commenters seem to be much more intelligent than you. Same with you Matt Moore. I can’t wait for the season to start and shut these dimwits up.

  16. Brewhah - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Slow down everyone…. Let’s not forget, Kahn isn’t done yet. These pieces don’t all fit together yet, and they have 0 experience playing together or in this offense. The only holdovers from last year’s opening day team are Brewer, Flynn, Love, and Ellington (providing Sessions is dealt and Hollins doesn’t make the team). There will likely be more ripping coming throughout this coming season. There is still a logjam at 3 and little proven quality at 2. While I think the 2 and 3 are more interchangable in the triangle, we still don’t know how this will play out. However, giving quality minutes to some of these players to sell them as quality complementary pieces will increase their trade values for next off-season, when Kahn will probably turn over more than half the roster again. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but a shack in the slums can be. Take your pick….

  17. Brewhah - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    I dare you to name one NBA team that hasn’t endured a period where they were annually amongst the worst teams in the league. Go ahead, try it. This should be funny….

  18. Ryan - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    Lemme guess KGfools…. you live in the deep south. So great to have one season there. Just like all these “journalists” I would be willing to bet you have never been to MN. This team is better than the 15 win team we had last year. I would LOVE to hear who your team is…. maybe a bandwagon Lakers or Celtics fan. Pretty sure your team is in just as bad a place as 95% of the teams out there.

  19. wolver - Jul 14, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Wow, horrible article. You are just writing lies to make people angry so you get hits and generate traffic and make money. Well, guess what, you succeeded. I am angry and I’m writing this, but you lose in one way. I will never come back here for sports news, because you are a joke. I am always on the lookout for new great sites to read intelligent writing about sports and this is helpful when you are so clearly incompetent because I can cross this one off my list.
    Thanks.

  20. John Doe - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    A point guard joke? Really?
    Apparently the TWO point guards currently on the Wolves roster warrant ridicule. And to think, all Kahn has to do is trade Ramon Sessions away and play Jonny Flynn 48 minutes of every game, and hacks like Kurt Helin would have no ammunition.

  21. GetOverYourself - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Helin acts like a little girl who gets “dumped” by someone (Kahn) she secretly admires…hehe

  22. Luke - Jul 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    False. We got the TPE as well. The difference between a $13 million TPE and $13 million in cap space is that a TPE can take you over the cap. If we have $13 mill in cap space, that is all we have. But if we have $2 mill in cap space and a TPE for $13 mill, we have $15 million in available cap space with which to absorb a contract (like an Andre Iguodala for instance) as part of a salary dump in the middle of the season.
    It was a brilliant get on Khan’s part as the TPE (if actually used) is actually a more valuable asset for us than Jefferson was. The 2 1st rounders are just frosting on the cake.

  23. jbh4 - Jul 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    How about Utah! 26 of their last 27 seasons they’ve been at or above .500 and made the playoffs.. All this while rebuilding after the Stockton & Malone years.. Jerry Sloan is the best coach in the NBA and gets no credit.. Utah is the best managed small market team in any sport…

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