Wolf Track: Wolves apart of Melo trade?

ESPN’s own Chris Broussard announced tonight that a potential deal that could send Carmelo Anthony to New York has been discussed.

The puzzling piece of all this is Minnesota’s involvement. According to Broussard’s report, the Wolves would send Corey Brewer and a first rounder to Denver and then receive Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph in return.

I understand that Kahn is looking for more defensive help on the front line — as he should — but does he really think Randolph and Curry could be the answer? I’ll answer that: Not even close. In this exchange, we’d be trading our best perimeter defender for a project forward — a BIG project forward — and an overpaid bench straddler. It goes beyond getting talent in return in this one, though. If there is any type of trade involving Brewer it needs to be something big. He’s quickly been dubbed a fan favorite despite his offensive inefficiencies. And receiving an iffy project and salary cap relief — like we need anymore — isn’t the big trade I was referring to.

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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While Anthony Randolph may have potential as a versatile big man scorer and shot blocker, where does he fit in with the Wolves? We have an established star at the 4 with Kevin Love, who is backed up by a more than serviceable Anthony Tolliver. If Randolph is viewed as a potential center, there are also issues with him getting minutes there seeing as how we have Darko and Pekovic who are both playing well this season. With all things considered, Anthony Randolph would be the fifth big man to get playing time, and it seems like giving up our defensive stopper and a first round pick for a bench player and an expiring contract (Eddy Curry) is not worth it for improving our team and impressing Ricky Rubio. Although I do not like the trade currently, I do see potential benefits. Eddy Curry could be a serious asset in two ways for us: 1) We could trade his expiring contract for a quality player from a team looking to get under the luxury tax threshold or simply looking to free up room for this free agent class, 2) we could let Curry's contract expire and use the cap room to sign a free agent. Since we are not the most desireable locations for free agents to go, we will undoubtably have to overpay for a quality free agent, and Eddy Curry's expiring contract of over $11 million will give us the potential to sign a free agent this summer. If we could take out Anthony Randolph, get Danilo Gallinari instead and maybe give the Knicks a little more, that would be a much better trade for us.