Even with Kevin Love sidelined again with a fractured hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves won't be looking for a big man at the trade deadline. If they make any moves at all, the Timberwolves will be looking at all their positions, specifically the wing spots vacated by Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger currently. Both are expected to return from injury, but Minnesota does not know when.
Love re-fractured the same hand he broke earlier in the year. The team is sending him to see a hand specialist in New York and will make a decision about surgery after that. It's clear he will be out for quite some time, but the gap left behind is not enough for Wolves President of Basketball Operation David Kahn to say the team will pursue a big man at the trade deadline. This is according to Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
"I still think we need to add some depth, perhaps everywhere," he said. "But, when you lose somebody with Kevin's production capabilities, it's a big hole to fill."Kahn is right. The truth about Minnesota's situation is that they have holes to fill everywhere. They are a ship taking on water quickly. Trading for a big man right now might not be enough to keep them afloat.
Minnesota is 15-15. They are two games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It's hard to envision this team making the postseason with all the injuries they've sustained, but perhaps they pull off some nice deals at the trade deadline that allow them to continue to compete. It's not likely, but it's possible.