HOOPSWORLD.COM: Prior to the 2007 NBA Draft, Troy Hudson made it known that he would like to be traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves. As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hudson’s agent Bill Neff informed team owner Glen Taylor that Hudson “would welcome any change of scenery.”
Neff specifically noted that Hudson “is convinced the current regime, particularly coach Randy Wittman, doesn’t believe Hudson can help the Wolves.”
Amid reports that Minnesota is seriously considering trading Kevin Garnett, sending out Hudson simultaneously would seem a reasonable move. Considering he’s missed nearly 50 games a season in three of the past four years, Hudson (31) simply doesn’t fit the incoming youth movement.
While a quick look at his contract might suggest a trade is the smart move for Minnesota, special clauses in Hudson’s remaining $18.9 million dollar deal say might otherwise.
Correction: A closer look shows that Hudson DID meet his 2008/9 incentive. In the 2004/5 NBA Season he played 79 games at 21.9 mpg.
Hudson’s 2009/10 salary is not guaranteed based on a number of incentives that he may not meet, but that’s based on his play during the 2008/9 season.
While Minnesota might want to trade Hudson regardless of salary protection, they may be better served sending out Marko Jaric with Garnett considering his fully guaranteed $27.35 million over the next four years.