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NBA Rumors: Timberwolves Could Move Guard To Free Up Space For Big Man

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the market for a big man on their bench, but the market is slim given the team's current salary cap situation. They're not in a position to offer anything more than the veteran's minimum on a one-year deal, making the already-slimming free agent market slimmer. What they can do is offload somebody to make some room, and that's what Jerry Zgoda suggests is happening over at the Star Tribune:

They're still asking Anthony Tolliver to remain patient as they explore deals that would allow them to trade a guard and create salary-cap space to sign another player.

As Pro Basketball Talk notes, guys like Ricky Rubio and Brandon Roy aren't likely on the table, but there are still some players like J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour and Malcolm Lee. Of those, Ridnour seems the most likely candidate. He's owed $8.6 million over two years, which is tough for the Timberwolves, but something another team might be able to swallow.

It's unlikely that someone like Anthony Tolliver or Mehmet Okur will take a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, so it will be interesting to see what Minnesota does at this juncture. They've got two open spots on their roster as of Wednesday.

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