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Minor addition to ‘Melo trade: Wolves send Kosta Koufos to Denver

Feb 22, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT


It was a minor part of the Carmelo Anthony trade that was not mentioned yesterday, but we feel it should be put out there so you, dear reader, feel fully informed — center Kosta Koufos is headed to Denver.

The Timberwolves are trading Koufos to clear out time for their existing front line players — including newly acquired Anthony Randolph — and to save a couple million dollars next year, according to a tweet from Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Also, Minnesota is getting an unprotected 2015 second round pick from the Nuggets. Which, amazingly enough, is pretty much what Koufos is worth.

Koufos was basically only playing in garbage time anyway; with all the shakeups in Denver (especially if they do move Nene) he may get a little more burn. Koufos has one more year at $2.2 million on his deal, with a team option for $3.2 million the year after that.

  1. loungefly74 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    wow…Koufos. here is a kid who made a huge mistake leaving the buckeyes early.

    maybe the worst thing about college basketball is when players leave too early that their skills are not developed enough and they end up being pawns…like kosta in this trade. i think of mike conley as well. i hope he gets a shot. anyway….

  2. jstrizzle - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Big post player. Don’t expect much offensive input from him though.

  3. vaindependant - Feb 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    He’ll be halfway decent once he develops a jumper.. He left college too soon.

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