If the Wolves do anything before today’s 2 p.m. trade deadline — Kevin McHale said something small is possible, but he’s not holding his breath — they’ll likely swap Gerald Green for another player whose contract expires after this season and maybe a draft pick and/or some cash.
From Sid Hartman:
Wittman said there are no plans to trade Ratliff, who is a free agent at the end of this year. "We are going to hold on to Theo and see what he can do," Wittman said.
Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune on Theo Ratliff:
Whether the man with the expiring $11.6 million salary slot plays again for the Wolves beyond this season, his return to good health after knee surgery for the season's final 30 games would allow management to see how a bonafide shot-blocker fits among the pieces the team has assembled in its rebuilding efforts.
"If you say it fits beautifully, then it becomes a major, major priority," said Kevin McHale, Wolves vice president of basketball operations. "If you decide it's not a monumental change, then you say, 'OK, there are a lot of teams who are very successful who don't have that shot-blocker in the middle.' It's going to be a chance for us to see what impact that particular type of player has on our team."
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