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Report: Minnesota shopping guard to free up money for big

Aug 29, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

Ridnour_Wolves

We were talking with you earlier today about how the Minnesota Timberwolves want to sign one more big man, but they are limited. They would like to bring back Anthony Tolliver but he wants more than the veteran minimum. And Minnesota can’t offer more than that right now.

But they are looking into ways to free up money, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune (hat tip to IamaGM.com).

They’re still asking Anthony Tolliver to remain patient as they explore deals that would allow them to trade a guard and create salary-cap space to sign another player. Right now, they can only offer league-minimum contracts and you know guys like Tolliver and Mehmet Okur are waiting, looking for more than that.

What guards, you ask? Well, we can take a few educated guesses. Off the top we can rule out moving Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy or just-signed Alexey Shved.

That leaves J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour and Malcolm Lee. Barea has three seasons and is owed $14.5 million, which is not an easy deal to move. Ridnour is owned $8.6 million over two years, a deal someone might take for a backup point. Lee is on a minimum deal for the next two seasons.

  1. ad0330 - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Go wolves! Whitest team in the league

  2. joshvanklomp - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    It’s Ridnour or Barea. Lee wouldn’t free up enough cap space.

    • rooney24 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      I would rather they keep Ridnour than Barea. But, not sure why they need Tolliver at the expense of dumping a usable guard, especially with Rubio out to start the year.

      • tsotebeer - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        I think the best move we could make would be to trade JJ.. Last year he proved that he can not adequately run our offense. Luke is a solid back up to have behind rubio.

        Trade JJ and Lee and free up some cap space… then sign peitrus and blatche if thats even possible!

        We would then have a decent bench!

      • Kurt Helin - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        Did you just use “Blatche” and “decent bench” in the same sentence?

  3. thebigcaptain2011 - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Good luck with that, KAAAAAAAAHHHHHHNNNNNN!!!!!

  4. cantonbound13 - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    They wouldn’t have this problem if Kahn didnt acquire 9,000 point guards

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      ….As of right now, they have 6 guards total.

      Read the article.

    • rooney24 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      You are a few years late to use the point guard line.

  5. skinsfanwill - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    they wouldn’t have this problem if KAHN didn’t sign 20,000 forwards. How many can play at one time. And who freed up cap space for a 12th man? You can fall for they hype of playoffs for these bums. They are not built for the playoffs.

  6. dlhouse18 - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    It’s Ridnour and is a good move to make. I’d rather they actually get something than just dump him obviously. He is a nice player to have.

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