NBA Trade Rumors: Is Pau Gasol the Next Move for the Minnesota Timberwolves?

June 26th, 2012 by Chris Schad Leave a reply »
On Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded their first-round draft pick (18th overall) to the Houston Rockets to acquire Chase Budinger and the rights to prospect Lior Eilyahu (via Yahoo Sports).

On the surface, it may not seem like the Timberwolves have much to do on Thursday night when the 2012 NBA Draft commences. Of course, when David Kahn swings one trade, there's more to come.

As the current roster stands, the Timberwolves currently have five guys capable of playing small forward (Budinger, Wes Johnson, Derrick Williams, Michael Beasley and Martell Webster). While depth should go into the decision on who gets playing time, there is almost no way that everyone could be kept happy in this log jam.

In other words, there's a storm brewing that could lead to Pau Gasol coming to Minnesota.

It wouldn't be the prettiest trade for the Timberwolves in term of the talent they currently have at the center and power forward positions (Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love figure to occupy those spots for a long time), but Gasol could fit in Minnesota.

Gasol is still a productive player in the NBA as he averaged 17.4 points and 10.4 reboun ...

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