The NBA's annual trade deadline came and went at 2 p.m. Central time today without the Timberwolves making a move to acquire a player or trade away unhappy and little-played Shabazz Muhammad.

That's not to say they won't be active trying to improve their roster for the playoffs.

Next comes buyouts and free agency for a number of veterans traded away today, including, yes, former league MVP and Tom Thibodeau favorite Derrick Rose.

Cleveland traded Rose to Utah today as part of a series of sweeping trades that transforms their roster around LeBron James by sending away Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade and Rose across the league while adding Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers, veteran point guard George Hill from Sacramento and promising Rodney Hood from Utah.

The Jazz, in turn, is expected to waive Rose, who won the league MVP in his first of five seasons with Thibodeau in Chicago but has been injury-plagued almost ever since then.

Rose was the other point guard Thibodeau seriously considered signing last summer after he traded Ricky Rubio away to the Jazz, but he signed Jeff Teague instead in good part because of Teague's durability.

The New York Times' Marc Stein today reported, citing unnamed sources, the Wolves will try to sign Rose if he is released by Utah and clears waivers.

Yes, the Wolves already have former Bulls Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Rose would make it three and the Wolves could add a fourth if the Lakers ever reached an agreement to pay and release Luol Deng, who is owed $36 million for the next two seasons after this one.

That move might not come until summer after the Lakers tried to find a way to trade Deng by today's deadline, but couldn't.

The Kings acquired veteran Joe Johnson today from Utah, but are expected to buy him out and waive him.

He'll be one of the biggest names on the market for playoff teams looking to boost their rosters by a March 1 deadline to make free-agent signings eligible for the playoffs.

Look for the Wolves to reach an agreement with Muhammad to release him so he can try to find a team where he'll play.

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