What does the Carmelo Anthony trade mean for the third team involved in the deal, the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Minnesota seemed to be getting the short end of the deal and some people may ask why they were even involved in the trade for Carmelo Anthony. Why were they willing to give up guard Corey Brewer?
The main role the Minnesota Timberwolves played was to make sure the Denver Nuggets did not suffer losing millions in luxury-tax penalties thanks to Eddy Curry’s expiring $11.2 million contract. Now, Minnesota will take that contract, the only thing blocking Denver from trading Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.
But why would the Minnesota Timberwolves agree to this?
Eddy Curry will be waived instantly after the Timberwolves swap out the contracts of Corey Brewer for Anthony Randolph. Minnesota also gets $3 million in cash from the Knicks, so the contract is not as big of a deal.
The next question is why did they want to get rid of Corey Brewer, a 2007 draft pick, for Anthony Randolph?
Minnesota does not believe that Corey Brewer will ever be a prominent starter for a contending team. He doesn’t handle the ball or shoot is well enough and gambles too much on defense. Brewer only averaged 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists in 56 games with Minnesota this year.
The Timberwolves have been interested in Anthony Randolph since he played for Golden State. He is 6-10 and has the promise of being a Lamar Odem type contributor. He can also play both forward spots. But he has only played in 17 games this season, averaging 2.1 points and 2.4 rebounds a game. He is only 21 and averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds last year.
Rumors are still floating that Corey Brewer will be traded by the New York Knicks before Thursday’s trade deadline.
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