The Minnesota Timberwolves have been involved in more than their fair share of NBA trade rumors as the trade deadline creeps closer. David Kahn has apparently been shopping for quite awhile, however, as the team apparently was looking at acquiring Monta Ellis from the Golden State Warriors last June.
Ellis would have reportedly been dealt to the Timberwolves in exchange for Michael Beasley, Nikola Pekovic and the draft pick that became Derrick Williams, according to Warriors beat writer Tim Kawakami. Golden State was unwilling to sweeten their offer any further, however, and the deal never went any further.
The most interesting part of that deal is twofold, it seems, for very different reasons.
Minnesota has obviously been aware of their need for a shooting guard for quite awhile. Ellis probably wouldn't have worked out the best next to Ricky Rubio, so its basically a moot point, but it's clear Beasley has been on the trading block for a starting-caliber two-guard for at least the past eight months.
As far as the second portion is concerned, as Kawakami notes, Pekovic would have likely been a simple throw-in at the time. In June, as most will recall, Pekovic wasn't quite Pektacular ... In fact, if my memory serves me right, he was behind Darko on the depth chart.
It's unclear what, if anything, should be gleaned from this rumor. It's regarding a trade that was nixed eight months ago so it probably shouldn't have any effect on whether or not the Timberwolves make a trade in the next couple of weeks -- but with Kahn and Co. running the show, anything could happen.