Troy Hudson demanded a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves this past weekend in light of the recent speculation that team captain Kevin Garnett was on his way out too. Speaking through his agent Bill Neff, Hudson simply thinks it is time to move on from the team he has spent the last five seasons.
Hudson is going into his final season of a six-year, $37 million contract he signed back in 2002. He has played in only 70 games the past two seasons because of injuries and is now in a crowded backcourt with Trenton Hassell, Rashad McCants, Marko Jaric, Ricky Davis, and Randy Foye. Mike James, who was also in the backcourt with the others, was recently traded to the Houston Rockets for power forward Juwon Howard.
The quasi-trade demand from Hudson was news to General Manager Kevin McHale, who was surprised to find out that Hudson was still on the team. “To be honest, after the Mike James trade and all the Kevin Garnett talk, I must have overlooked the fact that Troy was still with us,” McHale said. “I figured he would have retired due to injuries years ago.”
Hudson had one of his worst seasons last year, averaging 5.9 points and 2.2 assists in 16 minutes per game.