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Timberwolves trade deadline review: No deals for Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves opted not to make any moves at the trade deadline, preventing them from leveraging the future of the club for short-term success in a lost season.


The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't land any of their attempts to improve their team before the trade deadline - probably for the best considering their prospects for the season at hand.

With a few weeks to go before the trade deadline, Rick Adelman's assertion that he wanted the team to make a trade to improve the team in the short term was a little bit disconcerting: the Timberwolves are out of contention, have been out of contention for a while, and have a slew of injuries that will prevent them from getting back into contention.

But regardless, the front office did its due diligence to try and make the team better as soon as possible. They offered Derrick Williams for Paul Millsap -the No. 2 pick from 2011 hasn't panned out as planned, but trading him for an upcoming free agent in Millsap still seemed unwise. They were supposedly even interested in giving up first round picks, not a good look for the franchise's future.

But all the rumors amounted to nothing. The fact that the team didn't improve itself at the break shouldn't worry Wolves fans, though: with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love - not to mention a supporting cast with guys like Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko, who have proven themselves - this team could do interesting things if healthy.

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