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06-11-2003, 11:11 AM
Rumors: Terrell Brandon on the move?
By Chad Ford
NBA Insider
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Updated: June 11
9:38 AM ET


Point guard Terrell Brandon hasn't played an NBA in 17 months, but the T-Wolves still believe he has major trade value.

Why? Because Brandon is expected to call it quits this summer due to a knee injury. That means his $11.1 million salary will come off the books completely in February of 2004.

For a team trying to clear cap space by the end of the year to avoid luxury-tax penalties, that's huge. Timberwolves VP Kevin McHale claims he already has spoken to more than one team about a trade involving Brandon.

"I'll be very surprised if we don't get something done," McHale told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "But I've been surprised before. I think the odds of us being able to do something are very good. But I've said a million times, I may want to make a deal, but if you don't want to, I can't fly to your city and beat you into it."

While McHale wouldn't disclose which teams he has talked to, he appears confident one of them will pull the trigger.

"We have enough teams that have interest," he said. "There is enough interest on our part that we should be able to work out something."

That's a huge revelation for T-Wolves fans. McHale also acknowledged that the team is currently in talks with Kevin Garnett about a contract extension. Garnett has publicly stated that he'd like to wait to sign an extension until he sees what the Wolves do this summer.

It sounds like McHale is taking him seriously. What could the T-Wolves get for Brandon's expiring contract? Insider has been poking around for the past few weeks, trying to sniff out a deal. Here are the most likely possibilities.

1. Brandon to the Wizards for Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner

Jerry Stackhouse
Washington Wizards

70 21.5 3.7 4.5 .409 .878

Why would the Wizards do it? Washington is looking to clean house after Michael Jordan's exit. The team thought Stackhouse would opt out of his deal this year. However, Stackhouse knows he probably won't be able to get more than the $6.5 million he's already due. The move would give the Wizards around $20 million in cap room next season to lure a major free agent to Washington to play alongside young players like Kwame Brown, Brendan Haywood and Jared Jeffries.

Why would the Wolves do it? Stackhouse would give the Wolves a lethal scoring threat alongside KG and Wally Szczerbiak. The Wolves were forced to move Szczerbiak and Garnett out of position this past season. This move allows the team to move them back to small forward and power forward, respectively, and concentrate on a point guard in free agency. You think they could lure Gary Payton with a lineup of Stackhouse, Wally, KG and Rasho Nesterovic? That's some serious firepower. Laettner is just a throw-in for cap purposes. Both Stackhouse's and Laettner's deals expire after the 2004-05 season.

2. Brandon to the Heat for Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones
Shooting Guard
Miami Heat

47 18.5 4.8 3.7 .423 .822

Why would the Heat do it? Jones' big contract takes away the team's flexibility in the summer. The Heat are eyeing Dwyane Wade and Mickael Pietrus with their No. 5 pick, and neither player fits if Jones is still on board. The move would put the team at about $18 million under the cap for the 2004-05 season.

Why would the Wolves do it? Jones has struggled the past two seasons in Miami being the main man. But when he slides into a supporting role, his value shines through. He's a strong defender, has great size for the position, and he can shoot the ball. He'd be a major upgrade at the two for the Wolves and would allow Szczerbiak and Garnett to move back to their respective positions. The bad news is Jones' deal doesn't expire until after the 2006-07 season.

3. Brandon and Marc Jackson to the Bulls for Jalen Rose and Dalibor Bagaric

Jalen Rose
Chicago Bulls

82 22.1 4.3 4.8 .406 .854

Why would the Bulls do it? Because they haven't been in love with Rose's attitude since Jay Williams came on board last season. The move would put them at around $10 million under the cap for the summer of 2004. It would also give them the flexibility to start signing some of their upcoming free agents like Jamal Crawford, Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry to extensions at the end of the year.

Why would the Wolves do it? Because they like Rose and think he'd be a nice fit alongside Garnett and Wally. While no one's sure whether there are enough shots in the world for all three of these guys, they'd be potent offensively. The bad news is Rose's contract doesn't expire until after the 2006-07 season.

4. Brandon and the No. 26 pick to the Cavs for Ricky Davis and Michael Stewart

Ricky Davis
Cleveland Cavaliers

79 20.6 4.9 5.5 .410 .748

Why would the Wolves do it? They made a tender offer to Davis last season, but the Cavs quickly matched. Davis would give the team a big-time scorer and a guy who's proved he can pass.

Why would the Cavs do it? Cap room and chemistry. Davis, LeBron James, Dajuan Wagner and Darius Miles won't be able to co-exist on the same team. The Cavs may be able to get a better deal, but this is the only one that can give them the $15 million in cap room they'll need during the summer of 2004 season to get a dominant low-post player to play with LeBron.

5. Brandon to the Grizzlies for Stromile Swift and Jason Williams

Stromile Swift
Memphis Grizzlies

67 9.7 5.7 0.7 .481 .722

Why would the Grizzlies do it? I know Jerry West will pick up the phone and claim this doesn't make his team better, but sometimes addition by subtraction is the way to go. Yes, they lose a promising player like Swift, but they already have Pau Gasol, and he's going to dominate the minutes in the paint. The good news is they get Williams' terrible deal off the books and can start looking at $15 million in cap room for the summer of 2004. Mike Miller's new deal will eat up some of that room, but at least the Grizzlies would be a lot closer to clearing enough space to make a run at Kobe in 2004. As for a replacement at the point, West already believes Earl Watson is the answer.

Why would the T-Wolves do it? It's an interesting proposition. Swift is starting to show the promise of a No. 2 pick. A front line of Swift, Garnett and Nestrovic would be tough to handle. And as much as people rail on Jason Williams, he has improved. A lineup of Williams, Wally, KG, Swift and Nesterovic would be fun to watch. But remember, the Wolves will have to turn around and find a way to sign Swift in free agency next summer, and they'll be stuck with Williams for the next five seasons.

Blonde Bomber
06-11-2003, 11:29 AM
Why would anybody want to help the T-Pups get rid of that gawd aweful contract?

The better question is why would anybody want to take on that contract?

And the players that he considering coming back in all those trades is absurd.

Ummmmm Ok
06-11-2003, 11:31 AM
Cap Relieve for the summer of 2004 thats why people would do that trade. Wizards and 20 million in cap room. WoW. Sounds about what the Spurs did.

Lonely PSU Mavs Fan
06-11-2003, 11:33 AM
It is not his contract that they would be trading for, it is his lack of contract the next year that they like. Like ummm said, they would have some serious cap room the next year when his contract ends.

06-11-2003, 01:15 PM
When I read the headline I thought it was about KG. Oh well.

06-11-2003, 04:36 PM
I like the stackhouse latner deal.

throw in gp and their a contender baby.

wallys world