Dec 15, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (second from left) congratulates guard Alexey Shved (1) and Jose Juan Barea (11) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center. The Wolves defeated the Mavericks 114-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves dangling J.J. Barea, Dante Cunningham, Alexey Shved?

Things haven’t gone as planned for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They entered the season hoping to finally break through and get back to the postseason, all while giving star power forward Kevin Love reason to stay in Minnesota after next season.

Instead, the Timberwolves are 24-26 and look like they will again be on the outside looking in come playoff time.

That has left them looking to upgrade their roster and three specific players are being made available, according to Sam Amick of the USA Today.

For those who missed the memo, the summer of 2015 is a large priority for quite a few teams because of Kevin Love. The T’wolves star can opt out of his deal at that time, and first-year team President Flip Saunders is well aware that missing the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season would certainly not help his campaign to keep him in town. Translation: The T’wolves should be on the personnel prowl. Among their players thought to be available are point guard J.J. Barea, forward Dante Cunningham and guard Alexey Shved.

Although each player does add value, none of the three are playing more than 18.9 minutes per game so unless injuries were to occur, it would be worth trading them to get an upgrade somewhere else.

Tags: Alexey Shved Dante Cunningham J.J. Barea Kevin Love Minnesota TImberwolves

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