Here's a juicy trade rumor from the weekend via Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota offered Indiana Al Jefferson straight up for Danny Granger, and the Pacers immediately rejected it.â†µ
That the Pacers immediately rejected the trade should come as no surprise, since Granger is still their franchise cornerstone. But from Minnesota's end, this is an interesting fall for a guy who was supposed to be the key piece in the 2007 Kevin Garnett deal.
Wojnarowski reports that Minnesota GM David Kahn is souring on Jefferson as a franchise cornerstone and that there is some "jealous stuff" happening between Jefferson and Kevin Love, Minnesota's other marquee player who just happens to play Jefferson's position. SB Nation's Timberwolves blog Canis Hoopus notes that the "jealousy" probably is coming more about future salary potential than personal jealousy, since both players share the same agent, and adds that they're resigned to a Jefferson/Love duo not working in the long run.â†µ
Kahn, for his part, insisted to ESPN's Marc Stein that Jefferson is not on the block, but there's too much smoke here to think that this rumor comes out of nowhere. When the Timberwolves traded Garnett, they could have gotten back Rajon Rondo or Kendrick Perkins, two essential players for a championship team. Instead, they got back Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green and Ryan Gomes. It's possible none of those players will be on Minnesota's roster next season.