Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Timberwolves Close to Three-Way Garnett Deal

In the rumored deal, the 10 time all-star Garnett would go to Phoenix and Amare Stoudemire would be sent to Atlanta. The Hawks would send over the #3 and #11 picks as well as Zaza Pachulia and Anthony Johnson to the Timberwolves. The deal is dependent on whether Atlanta GM Billy Knight approves it, and whether front office management is willing to increase payroll. There are reports the former Sun and current Hawk guard Joe Johnson has talked to Stoudemire, and the 24 year old forward said he would welcome a trade.

All in all, probably the best deal the Timberwolves could hope for. They will be able to build around 3 lottery picks who will probably all have an instant impact. At #3, they could grab Al Horford who would immediately be a presence down low and a rebounding machine. At #7, they will most likely have the possibility of taking Georgetown PF Jeff Green, Florida PF Joakim Noah, UNC SF Brandan Wright and Florida SG/SF Corey Brewer, who would provide instant impact defense. At #11, they would take any of the leftovers from the possibilities at #7, or Washington C Spencer Hawes, Florida State scoring machine SF Al Thornton, or Kansas PF Julian Wright.

If this trade goes down, the rebuilding process would be off to a lightning fast start for the dwindling franchise. The acquisition of any 3 of the previous stated players will hopefully make Minnesota fans forget about Garnett very quickly

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