Timberwolves hoping to move Anthony Tolliver, unlikely to trade Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson
With the trade deadline entering the final few hours, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still hopeful that they will somehow improve their team through potential trade deals.
The Timberwolves have reportedly been shopping around starting point guard Jeff Teague, but it appears that it is going to be big man Anthony Tolliver who is more likely to switch sides prior to the deadline.
No traction yet for the #Twolves on the trade front. Teague and Dieng are tough contracts to move, and even Taj's big expiring number offers roadblocks. There's enough interest in Tolliver that I'd hope they can find a match in the next 6 1/2 hours.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) February 7, 2019
As explained by Minneapolis-based basketball insider Darren Wolfson, despite the Timberwolves’ desire to clear up some cap room by offloading the contracts of some of their players, it seems that there are very few teams, if any, who have shown interest in taking this burden off of their hands.
Teague, for instance, is still owed $38 million in a deal that extends to the 2019-20 season. The 30-year-old will have a player option for next season, and it is likely that Teague will opt-in to the final season of his deal (and pocket a cool $19 million) regardless of which team he ends up playing for. That’s a tough pill to swallow for any team who’s going to be risking a significant amount of cap space for a former All-Star that is arguably past his prime.
On the other hand, Tolliver and his expiring deal might prove to be a more attractive prospect for some teams who intend to participate in this summer’s free agency fiasco. The veteran big man has been with five different teams over the past five seasons, and it would not be surprising if he ends up with his sixth within the next few hours.