Timberwolves Should Trade Al Jefferson This Offseason

February 18th, 2010 by Andrew Scherber Leave a reply »
During the nearly three years that have passed since the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics, Al Jefferson, the centerpiece of the package that the Wolves received in return, has quietly become one of the most dominant low-post scorers in the league. 

As a Timberwolf, "Big Al" has averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game during the last two-and-a-half seasons.  He has emerged as an elite shot-maker down low and has given the Wolves a dynamic big man around which to build. 

But if GM David Kahn has hopes of constructing a championship-caliber team in Minnesota during the next few seasons, he should think long and hard about dealing Jefferson this summer.  

Yes, it sounds crazy.  Jefferson and Kevin Love are both immense talents and should be able to anchor the Minnesota frontcourt for the next decade, right?

Well, it's not that simple.  While Jefferson and Love excel at their strengths—namely scoring and rebounding, respectively—they don't play particularly well together, especially late in games. 

Neither is particularly skilled on the defensive end, and neither is ...

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