Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Crossing the Ts on the Al Jefferson deal

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves draft news, Wolves players, Wolves trade talk, Rookies, Wolves news Updated: July 13, 2010 - 1:47 PM

As of a few minutes ago, the Timberwolves were finalizing deals on the trade that will send Al Jefferson to Utah for two first-round picks and a $13 million trade exception.

Expect it to be announced officially sometime today.

What a crazy 24 hours it has been.

Yesterday, the Wolves officially completed the trade for Michael Beasley and officially signed Darko Milicic and rookies Wesley Johnson and Lazar Hayward.

Today, they're sending away the centerpiece to the Kevin Garnett trade and are close to signing former Bucks guard Luke Ridnour to a four-year, $16 million free-agent contract that mirrors the deal Ramon Sessions signed last summer.

You can now expect Sessions to be the next one dealt away somewhere.

So here's basically the deal the Wolves have put together in the last week:

Big Al and two second-round draft picks for Michael Beasley, two first-round picks and that big trade exception, which can be used in the next year to take back a player with a contract as much as $13 million without having to give back any salaries in return.

Theoretically, that allows the team to be shoppers for a player on fire sale in this supposed economically strapped league anytime between and now and next February's trading deadline or next June's draft.

OK, so...

Do you like that deal?




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