Originally written February 18, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS In January, Minnesota clamored for a trade, and president of basketball operations David Kahn said no. The team was falling out of the playoff race, clinging to its grasp on the eighth spot in the West, and Kahn warned that substantial trades don't happen until closer to the Feb. 21 deadline, even if the Timberwolves were to pursue one. It wasn't that he didn't want to, he inferred, but that no one else did. Here we are now, Feb. 19, two days out from said deadline, and oh, how things have changed. (Not that you couldn't kind of see it coming.) The eighth seed in the West, Houston, is 7.5 games better than 19-31 Minnesota, and with just 32 games remaining, reality is beginning to sink in. The Timberwolves are probably not making the playoffs, through so few faults of their own apart from the tendency for bones to snap and muscles to bruise and strain. So when it comes to that deadline, now, the one Kahn and company so eagerly awaited a month ago well, th...
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