After just two seasons in the NBA, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver is already being looked upon as trade bait as the Wolves continue their rebuilding efforts. Darren Wolfson of the “Skor North” podcast indicated that while Culver’s likely to be available this offseason, his limited production may make it difficult to find another team that wants to acquire him.
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“He is very much trade bait,” Wolfson said of Culver. “The Wolves are not married to having Jarrett Culver on the roster next season, but it’s not like a lot of teams are knocking down the walls door to trade for Jarrett Culver.”
Darren Wolfson: (Jarrett Culver) is very much trade bait. The Wolves are not married to having Jarrett Culver on the roster next season, but it’s not like a lot of teams are knocking down the walls door to trade for Jarrett Culver.
Coach Chris Finch only got to evaluate Culver up close as he was trying to play through the injury. He struck a hopeful tone regarding Culver’s future Thursday. “He’s still a big part of our future as we see it,” Finch said. “So we want to be sure that we give him the best chance to have the proper preparation going into next year, and it’s important.”
At this point the Wolves have few other options than to see how Culver develops over the summer. They’ll have to make up their minds if they want to pick up the option for the fourth year on his deal next fall. The emergence of their rookies and second-year players this year — and if they get another top three pick in the upcoming draft — might make it a little easier to decline that option and let Culver go, but it can be hard for any front office to admit a mistake.
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns and Juancho Hernangomez remain in the Timberwolves health and safety protocols and will not play against Philadelphia on Friday. Jarrett Culver will also not play due to his ankle injury.
This is a roundabout way of saying that the ability to land a young star via trade appears at the moment to be a difficult one. And that could have an effect on second-year wing Jarrett Culver. While the Wolves were calling last week about moving up into the top 10, Culver’s name invariably came up. But sources confirmed an ESPN report that said that Rosas was hesitant to part with Culver unless the Wolves could parlay the return into a star.
There was another report from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor stating Minnesota had conversations with the Hawks about the sixth pick, and the possible construction of the deal could be No. 6 for second-year wing Jarrett Culver and No. 17. This is true, but the Wolves have made that same offer to multiple teams, according to sources. This is the kind of deal the Hawks want to make if they do trade the pick. They get a young player in return who can grow with the other young players on the roster, but it is tough to find these players right now. The least likely trade scenario is where the Hawks trade back into the teens and don’t get some sort of quality player in return. Trades for future picks also seems unlikely this year.
Jarrett Culver’s name has entered the rumor mill, and my best read is the Wolves would deal Culver now only in a blockbuster for a star — or for a high draft pick that would help in acquiring said star.
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Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”