Timberwolves Tried Trading 4 Draft Picks for Tyus Jones but Wizards Said No

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Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly, is going to be aggressive at the NBA trade deadline, which is now less than one week away. Reports from credible insiders have the Wolves showing interest in at least seven different players recently, one being Apple Valley’s own, Tyus Jones.

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Multiple reports have linked the two but earlier this week Darren Wolfson (SKOR North) reported that a trade for Jones probably wasn’t in the cards. Not because the Wolves aren’t interested. He fits exactly what this team needs, which is a stabilizing ball-handler on the bench who can knock them down from deep when open.

Minnesota Timberwolves Offer FOUR Draft Picks Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones : Washington Wizards at San Antonio Spurs
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The problem, since the very beginning of trade season, has been the cost it will take to get a Tyus deal done. Washington is insisting they get a 1st-round pick in return for the 27-year-old, something Tim Connelly couldn’t pull off even if he wanted to, since Minnesota cannot trade any 1st round picks away this year, due to the Stepien Rule.

And according to Matt Moore (Action Network) Connelly has thrown what he can of the the kitchen sink at the Wizards, offering FOUR 2nd round picks in exchange for Jones, but to no avail.

The Wizards’ offer threshold continues to stay at a first-rounder. The Minnesota Timberwolves, two sources said, offered four second-rounders for Jones, but Washington held the line. The Timberwolves have big point guard decisions coming up with Mike Conley becoming a free agent this summer at age 36.

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It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the Wizards will change their price for Jones. You’d have to think that the Wolves’ offer is the best one on the table, as of now. If they had the 1st round pick offer that they covet, they seemingly would have pulled the trigger by now.

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I mean, Jones’ contract is expiring so, if the Wizards don’t move him to the highest bidder by February 8 then they will lose him for nothing via free agency at the end of the season. But if they do bring the price down, will Connelly have already made his big trade deadline swing?

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