Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau said the team will continue to talk to teams about possible trades ahead of Thursday’s deadline, but he didn’t see a deal that makes sense for them “at this point.”
The Timberwolves returned to work on Wednesday evening after the All-Star break in hopes of mounting a push for the playoffs. The Wolves are 13th in the Western Conference but only 3? games behind Denver for the eighth seed.
The Wolves have been mentioned frequently in trade rumors this week, with much of the conversation centering around point guard Ricky Rubio.
Discussions between the New York Knicks and the Timberwolves about a potential Derrick Rose trade continued Wednesday, a source told ESPN’s Ian Begley.
It is unclear what Minnesota would offer the Knicks in a potential swap for Rose but, according to ESPN sources, the Timberwolves are motivated to move Rubio because Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the franchise’s point guard of the future.
Wolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau said he likes the team he has, but noted that every franchise is seeking to improve at the trade deadline. David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images
Thibodeau, however, brushed aside questions about those reports, saying he would not comment on speculation.
“Every team is talking to every team this time of year,” he said. “If there’s something that makes sense that can make you better, then you take a look at it. If not, I’m happy with the team we have. I like the guys we have. I like the approach we have.”
Thibodeau also said they will continue to evaluate Lance Stephenson, who suffered a sprained ankle while on a 10-day contract that expired this week. The Wolves could sign him to another 10-day deal when the ankle is sufficiently healed.