Minnesota tried to get Robinson from Sixers

Updated: February 13, 2005, 9:53 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves aren't necessarily finished with their drastic changes.

The Wolves, according to league sources, are still attempting to move disgruntled swingman Latrell Sprewell in the wake of Flip Saunders' firing and recently tried to ship him to Philadelphia for Glenn Robinson.

Such a deal would have created a rather interesting backcourt partnership of Sprewell and Allen Iverson for at least the rest of the season. But the deal broke down, sources said, when Minnesota insisted on Willie Green as part of the package from the Sixers.

Both Sprewell and Robinson are in the final year of their respective contracts, but one or more low-salaried Sixers would have to be included because the featured players' salaries ($14.6 million for Sprewell, $12.1 million for Robinson) don't come within 15 percent of each other.

The Sixers, sources said, have also discussed a deal with Milwaukee that would send Robinson back to the team that drafted him in exchange for Keith Van Horn, who was drafted by Philadelphia in 1997.

Milwaukee wants to move Van Horn for Robinson's expiring contract mainly to give itself more financial flexibility to re-sign star guard Michael Redd, who becomes a free agent July 1. The Sixers, though, are apparently hesitant to make the swap because Van Horn has one season left on his deal at nearly $16 million and proved as recently as the 2002-03 season that he and Iverson aren't the best fit as a tandem.

The NBA's trade deadline is Feb. 24, and Sprewell and Robinson have been on the block all season. Sprewell is upset that the Wolves didn't offer him more than a three-year, $21 million contract extension; Robinson has yet to play a game under new Sixers coach Jim O'Brien.

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