Updated: Saturday, 14 Jul 2012, 12:06 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 13 Jul 2012, 7:01 PM EDT
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans and waived swingman Martell Webster as they continue to make moves to make a run at Portland restricted free agent Nicolas Batum.
A Kendallville native, Miller said multiple times during the 2011-12 season that he would retire at season's end. However, his agent said earlier this month that Miller's retirement isn't a sure thing.
Miller is an attractive piece in this trade because of the financial relief he can give the Hornets. He's due $5.1 million for the upcoming season but his contract can be bought out for $1 million, making him a nice pawn in clearing cap space.
The Wolves made the moves on Friday, one day after using the amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic. The Wolves received a conditional second-round pick from the Hornets for Miller.
Webster was due to make about $5.7 million this season, but the Timberwolves executed a buyout that required them to pay just $600,000.
The moves were expected to help Minnesota's pursuit of Batum, who has signed a four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million. The Blazers would have three days to match the offer or let Batum go.
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