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Timberwolves Backing Away From Kevin Martin Trades?

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There had been reports suggesting that if the Minnesota Timberwolves could not find a trade for shooting guard Kevin Martin, that he might be a prime candidate for a contract buyout.

Yesterday, Wolves sources sort of shot that notion down, saying not only was Martin unlikely to be bought out, there was a sense that he might not even be on the trade market.

Both Martin and the Wolves like the situation together and while Martin might fetch something in trade, there is a growing sense that Wolves president and head coach Flip Saunders wants to keep Martin around as a veteran influence on his young core.

The notion of a strong veteran influence is likely why the Wolves are said to be at the Brooklyn Nets regarding forward Kevin Garnett.

There have been a couple of reports suggesting the Wolves were offering Thaddeus Young to the Nets in exchange for Garnett, in hopes of bringing him back to the team that drafted him and let him finish out his career where it started.

Garnett is one of a handful of players with a defined No-Trade clause in his contract so he would have to agree to the move, but there is a sense that a deal sending Garnett back to the Wolves could drop today, the Wolves seem like it’s something they’d like to do.

Via Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders

Steve Kyler is the Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA and basketball for the last 17 seasons.

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