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Timberwolves trade rumors: Minnesota in search of veteran talent

The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to acquire "established talent" prior to the trade deadline, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. However injuries and small contracts may hold up any moves by the organization.

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With the NBA trade deadline now just two days away, the Minnesota Timberwolves are aggressively pursuing "established talent" Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Monday afternoon.

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However, for Minnesota, injuries and contracts could play a role in their ability to make moves prior to the trade deadline, as Fox Sports North's Joan Niesen wrote on Tuesday.

Looking at the Timberwolves roster, both Malcolm Lee and Brandon Roy are likely out for the season, and Chase Budinger and Kevin Love will also be sidelined with injuries until March, according to Niesen. Of the healthy players on the roster, no one makes more than Nikola Pekovic's $4.8 million, meaning it would take multiple pieces to get one veteran in return.

And because of these variables, it seems unlikely that any big-name veteran will come back to Minnesota in a trade.

ESPN 1500's Darren Wolfson tweeted on Tuesday that Josh Smith and J.J. Hickson are not in the Timberwolves trade plans, and that J.J. Redick is unlikely as well.

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