For some time, it’s been the same names in trade chatter. Taj Gibson, Markieff Morris, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Martin, those are the usual suspects.
Now there is some fire to go with that smoke. The AP’s Jon Krawczynski’s reports that on the heels of a huge skid for the team, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making Martin available. Despite struggling this year and being a noted defensive liability, Martin figures to be an attractive trade asset in a league starved for wings and floor spacing.
In his full report on the story, Krawczynski notes that the Wolves already had trade talks with two teams that centered around the veteran earlier this season, but starting strong out of the gates delayed any roster shakeups. Now that the Wolves have plummeted back down to 13th in the West with a 9-16 record, development for youngsters like Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad becomes even more of a focal point.
Once viewed as a cumbersome contract that could have been a tax as part of a Kevin Love trade, his deal is no longer such a burden. With the huge cap inflation on the horizon, Martin is likely to test free agency and snag one last multiyear deal (he turns 33 in February) rather than accept a player option just shy of $7.4 million for next season.