Luke Ridnour is being shopped by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a league source told SheridanHoops.com “there is a good chance” the 10th-year point guard will be dealt before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
With Ricky Rubio back from an injury that wiped out the first half of his season, the T-Wolves have a glut at the position with J.J. Berea also under contract (for this season plus two more). Ridnour has a reasonable contract ($4 million this season, $4.3 million next season) and is a steady playmaker who has spent the majority of his career with bad teams, having appeared in the playoffs just twice.
A second source said the Timberwolves and Jazz had discussed a trade involving Utah guard Alec Burks, but said those talks had been tabled. Utah is in the market for a point guard with Mo Williams out until late March or early April and Earl Watson day to day with a foot injury. As reported on SheridanHoops.com yesterday, a point guard — Patty Mills or Nando de Colo — would be made available to them as part of a larger package that would send center Al Jefferson to San Antonio.
Jefferson (along with Utah forward Paul Millsap) is in the final year of an expiring contract, and the Jazz would be inclined to move him if they don’t want to risk losing him with nothing in return in free agency. Given that the Jazz have a capable young replacement in Enes Kanter ready to replace Jefferson, they find themselves the rare team willing to trade big for small.
And with their need for a point guard so acute (the Jazz currently reside in seventh place in the West with a record six games above .500), Ridnour would be an immediate upgrade.
So with the trade deadline now two weeks away, I have my top three spots filled on the Most Likely To Be Traded List:
1. Will Bynum of the Pistons, as discussed in this item.
More on the prospective trades, and other NBA news, in this chat with CineSport’s Noah Coslov: