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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-26

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-26

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-26Help for the Timberwolves presumably will arrive next summer, when the team could have as many as three first-round draft picks and gobs of salary-cap space.

What about until then?

With his team on a 14-game losing streak and off to a franchise-worst 1-14 start, Timberwolves boss David Kahn vows to follow the prudent path.

"It's very painful to have to take a position of inactivity," he said, "but I think we'd be doing a terrible disservice making some rash decisions about our team."

Kahn said he expects options to improve the team for this season and beyond will arise as the NBA trading deadline approaches.

But that's not until February.

Until then, he and coach Kurt Rambis say they will wait until Kevin Love makes his season debut sometime next month and until Al Jefferson returns to full health, a process that could take until that trading deadline nears.

"Until Al really feels like he's playing normal again and until we get Kevin back, we don't quite know who we are," Rambis said. "So let's see how that goes for a little bit."

Kahn said trade talk within the league has started to percolate in the last week. Teams have used the season's opening month to assess themselves and their needs.

Kahn could choose to use some of the more than $20 million cap space reserved for next summer to acquire a star player by the trade deadline rather than wager the team can sign a free agent or two in July without obviously overpaying him to come to Minnesota.

"It's still really early," Kahn said. "But I suspect there will be opportunities, especially as we come closer and closer to trade deadline, whether it's for financial reasons or playoff positioning."

NUGGETS 124, TIMBERWOLVES 111: The Wolves lost their 14th consecutive game, and their 1-14 season start is the worst in franchise history, one loss beyond the 1994-95 team's 1-13 start.

The Nuggets led 13-4, 25-12 and 45-29. They had seven players in double figures.

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points, Nene had a 17-point, eight-rebound, six-assist game in fewer than 29 minutes. Denver coach George Karl sat four of his starters in the fourth quarter, when the Wolves pulled within eight points.

Corey Brewer's 22 points and 13 rebounds led the Wolves, who are two losses away from tying the franchise's longest losing streak. The Wolves lost 16 consecutive games in 1992 and in 1994.

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