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Wolves asking league to look at Webster trade

Posted on: October 28, 2010 2:05 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Save your David Kahn jokes for the end of this. I know I'll try to. But according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, the Timberwolves have requested the league investigate whether the Blazers knowingly dealt them an injured player.

The player in question is Martell Webster who was acquired on draft night for the 16th overall pick from the Portland Trail Blazers. Webster on Monday underwent surgery to repair a disk in his back and is expected to miss about 4-6 weeks. Webster said the injury dates to last spring's playoffs, when he was undercut and fell hard in a game against Phoenix.


Now of course that doesn't mean the Blazers knew this would require surgery and that they knew he was hurt when they traded him. So maybe not busted. But isn't it just like the Wolves to get a player and one that happens to be like the sixth at that position on the roster, find out he's hurt and then say, "Wait, you guys knew he was hurt when you traded him to us. Not fair!" Isn't that just so Wolves?

Zgoda says the Wolves are likely looking for a draft pick as compensation.

I just find the whole thing pretty funny. If this were a big trade, one that involved a key player, it would make more sense. But Martell Webster? Just have Anthony Tolliver, or Michael Beasley or Wesley Johnson or Lazar Hayward or Corey Brewer or Maurice Ager fill in at small forward. Good thing you've got that depth, Minnesota!

Now as for proving the charge, it won't be easy. Webster played in six preseason games for Minnesota, averaged 26 minutes and 12 points per game. Sure the Blazers may have known he was potentially injured, but that doesn't mean they did anything wrong.


Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:02 am

Wolves asking league to look at Webster trade

Why wouldnt a team look into a Flawed trade. It wouldnt be the 1st time a team tried to get away with something shady. It is a standard in sports. Kudos to the Wolves for looking into the matter.
Funny thing is, The idiot writer who has nothing better to do then to put down the Wolves organization and suggest that it is only worth time to look into the matter if it were a BIG Name player. How can a upcoming team get a Bratty Prima Donna come to the club unless they have a solid supporting cast.
Stupid Writer! SHame on you.
The Wolves have been irrelevant and painful to watch over the past 2 years. It will be interesting to see how they do come together this year and next. THis ball club will certainly be relevant in the next year. They have one of the youngest and most talented rosters in the league now. They are 1 big time player away from being a contender. Bank on it!

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:25 pm

Wolves asking league to look at Webster trade

I care about my Tpups but this is a silly story to make a remark.  Webster probably wasn't going to play much any way.  Not sure why even kahn would make an issue out of this considering Portland did them a favor by taking Gomes off their hands.  Even if they get a pick in return, it probably wouldn't be more than a 2nd round pick and really is it worth the trouble of commenting on?  Oops...I just did.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2010 4:46 pm

Wolves asking league to look at Webster trade

Pretty telling that there are no comments on this story......nobody really cares about the Twolves right now.

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