Minnesota Timberwolves Executive Makes Case That Few NBA Trades Should Happen

February 8th, 2014 by David Murphy Leave a reply »

If you listen to the president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA trades are highly overrated.

According to Andy Greder for The Pioneer Press, the T-Wolves’ Flip Saunders says there’s a reluctance around the league to make significant deals before the February 20 trade deadline, due to the perception of a strong NBA draft class this year:

Either everyone wants to keep their picks or if you want to trade players, people are trying to get your pick and people aren’t as apt to do something like that — not only this year, but next year, too. I think it might be a good draft the next couple of years.

Saunders also pointed to research that the Wolves have done on 189 trades over the past decade, adding that just two of the trades resulted in “real success in the league.”

And what were the trades? Rasheed Wallace, who was traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Detroit Pistons in February 2004 and Pau Gasol, who was moved from Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2008.

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