The Minnesota Timberwolves have repeatedly stated that if they were to trade Kevin Love, they wanted NBA-ready players. Of course, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett may not fall into that category, but they’re not exactly prospects who are five years out from making an impact either.
Still, even with Wiggins and Bennett potentially aboard this season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to need some veteran talent on the roster which is why they apparently aren’t interested in trading away either Kevin Martin or Corey Brewer.
Reports had surfaced a few weeks back hinting that both players were on the market as the T’Wolves would like to rid themselves of their salaries (especially Martin’s) but that was before the rumored acquisition of Wiggins and Bennett.
Now the Minnesota Timberwolves prefers to keep their overpriced though still talented vets.
I get no indication Flip wants to trade Martin, Brewer, etc., now. He needs scoring & wants veterans' presence
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) August 7, 2014
Corey Brewer is signed though this season and holds a player option in 2015-16, one he is likely to take given the $5 million dollar payday. Kevin Martin meanwhile is the more expensive between the two players as he is signed through 2016-17 (final year is a player option) and still has over $21 million dollars owed to him.
Both players are still very serviceable and neither is on an albatross of a contract, though it does seem odd that the Timberwolves aren’t interested in trading either considering the team will be in a bit of a re-build assuming the Kevin Love trade is completed.
Of course, neither player is likely to bring back much in terms of talent so the Timberwolves may feel more comfortable keeping them given that.