Fun with the Trade Machine and FREE TICKETS!

As I’m sure you all know, ESPN’s Trade Machine is more addictive than cocaine on clearance. The Wolves should be very active with the Feb. 24th trade deadline approaching, and it’ll be interesting to see what deals get done — or don’t get done.

Here’s my trade of the day:

CHA gets: Sebastian Telfair, Corey Brewer and Utah’s first rounder

MIN gets: Gerald Wallace

Any comments?

Ok, now it’s your turn. I’m gonna hold a little contest here and the winner of this contest is going to win themselves two tickets to the Feb. 23rd game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The game is right before the Feb. 24th trade deadline, so you may see a new rendition to the Wolves’ roster or maybe you’ll see someone get traded while they’re on the court! That’s highly unlikely but it should be a fun game regardless.

Here’s the contest: I want you to put yourself in David Kahn’s shoes. With the deadline approaching and now plenty of time to assess the team wholly, what moves are you going to make to improve this team? Use the ESPN Trade Machine to do most of your transacting, and if some of your moves include moving picks or the Al Jefferson-trade exception, just let me know in words what you did.

What I want to know is what you would do as Timberwolves’ GM. Multiple moves may be necessary, but the winner could make just one move to improve the team exponentially; It’s really all up to you. All you have to do is create the trades, give me your reasoning on the move(s), comment on this post or email me (jsteinmeyer11@gmail.com: PREFERRED) with the moves you’re planning on, and I’ll pick the winner at the end of January.

Review:

  1. Use ESPN Trade Machine and create a series of, or one individual move that you think the Wolves should make with the trade deadline coming up. Remember: Explain to me in words if any trade will include any draft picks or the Al Jefferson trade exception. (I want you to use the Trade Machine because then we can verify it will work with the salary cap.)
  2. Comment or email me your potential transactions to make them valid. I’ll run them through the machine myself and let you know what I think.
  3. I pick a winner at the end of January. The winner will have given me a thorough reasoning of why their moves are the best and will ultimately help the team the most. (Don’t forget to explain yourself.)
  4. You win tickets to the Grizzlies game the day before the trade deadline!!!

Have fun with this, guys! And good luck!

About Jonah Steinmeyer

Been a Wolves fan for probably way too long to be considered a sane human anymore. An avid golfer in my free time. I cheer for Minnesota sports but live in Florida.

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The trade is here: http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2a543mh The deal is: MN sends Beasley, Brewer and Flynn to GSW, Ridnour and Koufos to Memphis (plus any picks necessary). Memphis sends Mayo to GSW, Thabeet to MN GSW sends Ellis, Wright and Vlad Rad to MN. Why they do it: Memphis has no bench at all, especially at PG and C. They are actively shopping Mayo and Thabeet. Thabeet and Haddadi do not see the floor, and Conley’s not so great to begin with. Do they need more for Mayo? If so, I’d toss in a pick. As it is they are saving salary, and Koufos, though he sucks, is both cheaper then Thabeet and can actually give them minutes. GSW may not want to deal Ellis anymore, and it may be harder with his improved play this year, but I have to think they do not see him as a great pairing with Curry. They wanted Mayo before, and I have to think they’d like a lineup of Curry, Mayo, Beasley, Lee, Beidrins. Heck, a lot of TWolf fans seem to want that lineup. But I like the new MN lineup more. For the Wolves, Ellis is the big win. He plays mostly point for us this year, and slides to the 2, backing up Rubio next season. I think the pairing would work. He replaces Beasley as the go to guy, and is more unstoppable than Beas anyway. Salary reasonable and locked for 4 years. Wes moves to SF.

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

I think this may be one of the more realistic trades I've seen thus far, and has the best chance of prying Mayo from Memphis. They may not need the first rounder, but they could use the Jefferson trade exception. Memphis is really looking for salary cap relief so they can re-sign Gasol and Randolph. If they can't find it, they'll be in trouble for years to come just hoping Gay and Conley will bust them into the playoffs.@Love4MVP

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

On second thought we may not have to give up Utah's first round pick in the Mayo trade...Thoughts?

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

After last nights game i think we confirmed that we NEED a pure shooting SG. Wes isn't it, and never will be, he needs to play 3 and it's not gonna happen with Beasley on our roster. I love Brewer, but the kid can't shoot, fantastic D though! I would like to keep Brewer on the squad. Here is what i purpose... http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=46ljvc3 Trade gives: MIN - O.J. Mayo (SG), and Hasheem Thabeet (C) MEM - Johnny Flynn (PG), Wes Johnson (SF), Kosta Koufos (C), Utah First Round Pick The trade machine only gives us a +3 for wins, but adding a talent like Mayo would transform our team! Then look forward to next season... Rubio, Mayo, Beasley, Love, and Dakro/Pek/Thabeet. Maybe a question at center which is why i would make one more trade, it's been discussed already this season. Sending Telfair to NYN for Randolph. We may have to throw in Utah's other first round pick. I think Rubio would really utilize Randolph's athleticism, Rubio would be surrounded with weapons! Heck, maybe if he throws enough alley-oops we might actually get on sportscenter...

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Well, actually, the Trade Machine doesn't even register the Jefferson trade exception -- Not sure why.@612wolves

612wolves
612wolves

I'm new here but thought I would join in the fun. But first is the Jefferson trade exception the same thing as cap space on trade machine? For example you wouldn't be able to do one trade that uses all our cap space on trade machine and then do another trade that gives the trade exception for a large contract. I know basically nothing about cap stuff so is that correct?

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

You know what's funny? I doubt the Wolves actually get involved with this nonsense but the amount of players being moved here is preposterous. But it just might happen. That fascinates me.@dickmahlberg

dickmahlberg
dickmahlberg

Being the fourth in the currently-proposed Melo threeway (http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=6005596) is so good it seems to have broken the Trade Machine. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2e384xw RealGM Trade Checker™ Trade ID #5805998 Denver Trade Breakdown Incoming Players Michael Beasley Nikola Pekovic Anthony Morrow Quinton Ross Stephen Graham Ben Uzoh Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups J.R. Smith Detroit Trade Breakdown Incoming Players Sebastian Telfair Troy Murphy Travis Outlaw Johan Petro Outgoing Players Richard Hamilton Ben Gordon Jonas Jerebko 2011 First Round Draft Pick (to Minnesota) Minnesota Trade Breakdown Incoming Players J.R. Smith Ben Gordon Jonas Jerebko Devin Harris 2011 First Round Draft Pick (from Detroit) Outgoing Players Michael Beasley Nikola Pekovic Luke Ridnour Sebastian Telfair Kosta Koufos Wayne Ellington Lazar Hayward New Jersey Trade Breakdown Incoming Players Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups Richard Hamilton Luke Ridnour Kosta Koufos Wayne Ellington Lazar Hayward Outgoing Players Troy Murphy Devin Harris Travis Outlaw Derrick Favors Anthony Morrow Johan Petro Quinton Ross Stephen Graham Ben Uzoh

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Klomp

Trade 1: Andre Iguodala for Wes Johnson and Nikola Pekovic Trade 2: As part of 3-way trade with NYK and TOR, Jonny Flynn and UTAH 1st for Anthony Randolph and Jerryd Bayless (Note: Does not work in trade checker, but we have the cap space and trade exceptions to make it happen.) Ridnour / Bayless (Rubio) Iguodala / Brewer / Ellington Beasley / Webster / Hayward Love / Tolliver Milicic / Randolph / Koufus

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=294odud Trade gives: MIN - Iggy and Williams PHI - Flynn, Wes, Trade exception, and i think we'd need to keep the first round in there... Definitely first offer without the pick, then counter with the first rounder if they seem weary. I just really like the possibility of adding Iggy to our lineup. With Love an Beasley establishing themselves as true offensive threats, having a strong Defensive backcourt would really help out. I don't see our interior D get much better but if we can shut down the wing play with Iggy and/or Brewer it may take some of the shift responsibility of our big men. And for the love of the Wolves somebody light a FIRE under Darko, then that lineup would seriously be scary!

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

What about trying to get Lou Williams out of that deal? Maybe throw the trade exception their way as well, or as a replacement for the Utah pick?@Love4MVP

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

This trade seems simple, but i think it would do more for us than it may seem. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2c8j8om Trade gives: MIN - Andre Iguodala (SG) PHI - Johnny Flynn (PG), Wes Johnson (SF), and Utahs first round pick It would be nice to get a solid PG in return but i think, if we start Sebastian (yes Sebastian) pairing him up with Iggy gives us a strong defensive back court. Backing up Iggy with Brewer makes us able to provide a shut down defender at all times. I also like Ridnour matched up against backup PGs. Then next year we bring in Rubio and whatever Kahn pick up in the draft. making our lineup 1.Rubio 2.Iggy 3.Beasley 4.Love 5.Darko 2nd lineup = 1.Ridnour/Telfair 2.Brewer 3.Webster/Beasley 4.Tolliver/Love 5.Peck/Koufos also as an option: instead of giving up a first round pick we could first float Flynn, Wes, and payoff the trade exception of Dalembert...if not then counter with the first round pick?

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

That Knicks deal is subtly one of the best I've seen for a couple reason: 1) We clear the logjam at small forward and get a solid shooting guard in return. 2) We get rid of Flynn and receive Toney Douglas, who is a better back-up at this moment than Flynn is. The deal may not improve us tremendously but it would help clear out some of the issues the team is suffering from as of right now. This deal would need to be paired with another big one somehow.@Love4MVP

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

That link was just the Calderon one again... As for the Melo trade, there have been rumors that the Nets are trying to get the Wolves involved to take on Murphy in the deal. They're also trying a trade to involve Det. as well. The Wolves would be dumb to include themselves into that just for Murphy. We already have cap relief; we need a player.@Love4MVP

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

A version of the Melo trade with us, and NYN. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2fldjh8 Don't think we could get this involved in the trade, specially with Kahn as our GM and the fact that we wouldn't be receiving an Eastern European C/PF. That having been said, if we were to get this deep into the trade I think that offering two of our young high-potential players would raise their brow a little. I also think we'd have to throw in a first round pick because the talent gap created by the need to clear cap space for NY.

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

I'm not too sure the Wolves will be very interested in Calderon. I like him, and he's a bit of an upgrade over Ridnour, but not by much in my eyes. Still love Young though.@Love4MVP

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2fldjh8 Trade gives: MIN - Jose Calderon (PG), and Nick Young (SG) WAS - Sebastian Telfair (PG), Utah's first round pick from MIN TOR - Johnny Flynn (PG), and Wayne Ellington (SG) - We get a PG who can control the game, and looks to assist. He is looking to be moved because of TOR entering their rebuilding period and the arrival of Jarryd Bayless. We also get a young talent in Nick Young, Flip hasn't given Young the nod because he doesn't like his style of play pairing with rookie sensation John Wall. - WAS has had a few moves in the PG area because of John Wall's injury and back-up/co-star Agent 0 is no longer with the team. I think Sebastian would be a good fit because he won't need any of Wall's minutes but still provides a solid back-up option. A first round pick is needed because of Young's potential. - TOR, as i mentioned earlier, is officially rebuilding. They are Forward heavy, so two young Guards with reasonable potential is exactly what they're looking for. We may get the best of TOR in this trade but they're interested in going younger and riding themselves of Calderon's cantract. On another note, I really like what @authenticromeo did in that last trade! I like that you threw in a young C for HOU to sway them into the trade, because, let's face it...I'd be surprised if Yao played 20 more NBA games in his career...

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Really like it! It's even across the board, although I think the Wolves may also have to throw the Utah first rounder to either Hou or Phi to make it as even as possible or sweeten the deal that much more. Great trade, though!@authenticromeo

authenticromeo
authenticromeo

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=38gf993 -Basically for the wolves they get a point gaurd that can actually play that position and a true shooting guard who can close out games in Kevin Martin -The sixers recieve a future stud SF who can allow Turner to have the ball in his hands along with the memphis 1st plus the expirings of Jeffries and Kousta -The Rockets ghet tht dominant player and alpha rocket and they aslo get a young PG with three years left on his deal

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

I like it, Rubi-OH! For all teams even. Not sure if Houston's willing to part with their biggest scoring threat in Martin. But scoring Wallace in the deal may sweeten it enough to make it worthwhile. Good work!@Rubi-OH!

JSteinmeyer
JSteinmeyer

Do you think Ellis and Beasley's offensive games are going to clash though? They both demand the ball and demand it A LOT! Oh, and neither of them play defense.@Love4MVP

Love4MVP
Love4MVP

These next couple trades I worked out based on current players who need to be moved by the trade deadline. Because of how young our team is it makes us a valuable trade partner to many teams moving players throughout their "rebuilding" phases. The first is for Jose Calderon. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=3xjncy5 TOR would receive Flynn, and Ellington. MIN to receive only Calderone. The leaving of Chris Bosh officially jump started Toronto's rebuilding period. Bringing in young PG Jarryd Bayless made Calderon expendable as does his larger contract. The Raptors are Forward heavy so bringing in two young guards is an attractive offer, considering it clears up some cap space for future years. This next trade takes care of two players who will be moved. Carmelo Anthony and Devon Harris. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=34ghloa This trade gives: MIN - Devon Harris (PG), Anthony Marrow (SG), and J.R. Smith (SG/SF) DEN - Wes Johnson (SF), Johnny Flynn (PG), Wayne Ellington (SG), Derek Favours (PF), and Travis Outlaw (SF) NJN - Carmelo Anthony (SF) Realistically Melo will end up in NY where his heart seems to be set, but right now DEN wants to get something worked out so they don't end up like the Cav's. I think to make it work we will have to give up one of our two extra first round picks. The whole Melo situation is a sticky one so this may or may not even be a possibility. But Devon Harris is looking to be moved, specially if Melo hits the Jersey shore! And it would be nice to get a PG talent like his! This trade as well rids two players from situations they're expected to be moved from. And they're both from Memphis. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=3x26ekz This trade gives: MEM - Corey Brewer (SG), Johnny Flynn (PG), and Anthony Tolliver (C/PF) MIN - O.J. Mayo (SG/PG), and Hasheem Thabeet (C) It sounds tempting, though if this trade were to go through I would be a little nervous. Personally I think that Mayo would thrive on a team such as ours, his play style may conflict with Beasley at times, but overall I think he would improve drastically. He would be that big scoring guard we need, and can play the 1 until next season when we get Rubio then take over the 2. Thabeet on the other hand could provide us big low post D on nights when Darko decides he doesn't feel like playing ball (example friday night vs the blazers). This next trade I have heard so much about and still don't agree with the thought behind it. Golden State is reaching the breaking point, they need to chose Curry or Ellis. Due to Ellis' large contract and higher age, they'd like to shop Ellis. I would never get rid of Ellis, he is an electric slash scorer, at the same time I would love to see him in a Wolves uniform. Trade gives: GSW - Corey Brewer (SG), Martell Webster (SF), and our higher of the 2 extra first round picks MIN - Monte Ellis (SG) I haven't heard much of what Golden State is looking to get for Monte but i'm assuming someone who wouldn't step on Curry's toes. Brewer would provide some much needed perimeter defense. Dorell Wright could step up to be the starting SG with corey a solid backup. Webster could also fill in the absent SG roll if Wright stays at SF, or fill basically the same roll as he does for us.