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Blockbuster 1A

Posted on: June 23, 2009 11:24 pm
All the rumors so far have said Kahn was intent on doing something big leading up to and during the draft. The first shoe just dropped.

The Wolves trade Randy Foye and Mike Miller to Washington for the #5 pick in the draft, Darius Songalia, Etan Thomas and Oleksiy Pecherov.

Where to begin?

First of all, to the departed
Randy Foye - A love/hate sort of deal. I wanted Foye to succeed more than almost anyone but it just never materialized. For every glimpse of explosive talent he showed, he countered with an equally explosive showing of inconsistency and frankly, stupidity. At 25 years old he still has time to develop and I wish him the best. I believe he will thrive as a 6th man and Flipnosis has shown the ability to mold guards. The two biggest reminders of the Brandon Roy blunder, McHale and Foye, are now gone. For his own sake, I hope he leaves the "4th Quarter Foye" nickname here in Minnesota. He couldn't hit a clutch shot if his life depended on it.

Mike Miller - We hardly knew ye. How does this affect the outlook on the Mayo/Love deal? We'll have to wait and see how the #5 pick turns out, I suppose. Miller was nice in theory but he was so painfully intent on becomming a point forward that he never did what he was brought here to do: shoot. And believe it, with the South Dakota connection fans wanted to love him. Ultimately, his short lived tenure in Sota amounted to a decent, albeit frustrating campaign and to him representing the desperation from McHale to produce victories by acquiring veterans when the team wasn't really ready for that.

To the incomming
Etan Thomas: I hope your heart is healthy. Enjoy your trade kicker, enjoy your buy out.

Darius Songalia: I've always sort of liked this guy as a "Hedo Turkoglu Light". Very well rounded player, who seems to rip the Wolves in their yearly meetings. Provided they don't bring in anyone else, I think he gets decent minutes as a reserve forward.

Oleksiy Pecherov: No idea who this man is. According to he has two years left on his contract but at a very low salary per year.

Where the Wolves currently stand
Heading into the draft the Wolves have an incredible 6 draft picks (#5, #6, #18, #28, #45 & #47). What this means is that the they aren't done trading. There is simply no way they can walk away from this draft with six rookies. There are a few different avenues they can take.

The least sexy move will be deferring #45 and #47 for future picks. Not very fun but it's better than wasting them on nobodys.

The sexiest trade, on the other hand, will be to involve #5 OR #6 in a trade to move up. #18, #28 or either of those 2nd rounders could be used to sweeten the offer.

Expect more players to be packaged into any potential deals, as well. Craig Smith (expiring), Brian Cardinal (expiring), Mark Madsen (expiring), Bobby Brown (expiring) and even Ryan Gomes or Sebastian Telfair, who have fairly modest contracts, could end up being pawns in this sick and exhilirating game.

Keep an eye on Nikola Pekovic, the highly touted Euro they drafted with the first pick of the 2nd round last year. Kahn has said he's too much like Jefferson and Love to be part of the rotation. I could easily see him being a part of a deal.

How the draft changes
As I see it, there are two possible outcomes, both of which I speculated on in my previous post, so I'll flip the angle a bit, so as to keep it fresh. From my big board, the top 6 are Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio, Tyreke Evans, James Harden, Stephen Curry and Hasheem Thabeet. The Wolves are guaranteed two of those guys. Watch out for darkhorses, Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn.

1. Keep both #5 and #6 and rebuild the back court, unless Thabeet falls. If Thabeet is there at #5 you take him. My favored guard duo would be Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry. Neither is a true point but both have above average ball handling and passing skills. As a duo, Evans would be the slasher, get to the rim, draw fouls and create shots guy. Curry would be the all around dead eye shooter and thrive off post passes from Love and Jefferson, while playing off of Evans' drives. Defensively, Evans would draw the tougher of the two guard assignments each game with Curry covering the lesser offensive player. Corey Brewer could come in and defend 2 guards if needed. Both seem like stand up people. To top it off, Curry would add a little bit of celebrity to help with the business side of things. My worry is that Sacramento or even Memphis will jump on Evans, but that would probably mean Rubio or Harden falls.

2. Deal #6 and any of the other picks/players I mentioned above to snag Memphis' #2 pick. From there they take Rubio or Thabeet. I'm more of a fan of taking Thabeet than I was 24 hours ago. With the #5 pick they can still get a good guard. I've also heard that Rubio could fall past Sacramento at #4. Dare to dream? Rubio AND Thabeet? You never know.

Bonus: Throw whatever other picks and expiring contracts are left to grab an established player. Clearly not a star, but a solid roleplayer. Maybe a Sam Dalembert type.

Other assorted NBA notes
Can someone please tell me what the hell Milwaukee is doing? I know they wanted to get out from under Richard Jefferson's contract, but they literally didn't get anything for him. What I heard is that the Jefferson to San Antonio deal opened the door for the Wolves/Wizards deal. The Wiz had been attempting to land Jefferson and when that fell through...

Kevin Love's twitter in response to the trade: "ESPN should have let me break the news...haters!!!" Dude is funny.

Fabricio Oberto gets flipped from Milwaukee to Detroit for Amir Johnson. Okie doke.

This is the funnest Wolves offseason since 03-04. I hope you are all enjoying it.

Category: NBA

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:05 pm


All right, I'm back on the Rubio wagon big-time. With the 5 and 6 the Wolves need to get this guy. I would even trade 5 and 6 to make it happen, IF they got a legit player back. But more likely 5 and 18 and whatever non-Love, non-Jefferson the Blunder or Manfist would want.
Rubio is young but super legit. 
If Rubio straight falls to 5, unbeliveable. 

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 4:22 pm

Blockbuster 1A

I heard they really like Johnny Flynn and Stephen Curry... That would be a great 1+2 punch, Flynn at PG and Curry at SG.

However, I have a feeling they will trade up to get Rubio and grab a SF or a SG with another pick.. If they are smart they will not art with both #5 and #6. I'm hoping they trade #6 and #18 or #5 and #18 and can steal Rubio. BUT if they cannnot keep at least #5 or #6 they should just take what is available at that time..

Flynn and Curry would be a steal.. Or if Thabeet drops take him and a PG..

Timberwolves need a leader who can play PG.. Not a SG to play PG, and not a NON-leader.. They need a Flynn, Lawson or Rubio to run the point. Don't settle for 2nd best. Take a leader to truely start rebuilding this team.

The Frontcourt is set in Al Jefferson and Kevin Love In my honest opinion.. Take 2 guards.. The T-Wolves need a PG and a SG badly. Don't draft another SF. Gomes and Brewer did just fine last season at SF.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 12:38 pm

Blockbuster 1A

I heard on the KFAN they are flying Harden in today to work him out, private workout unlike the other workouts they've had where press was allowed

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:49 am

Blockbuster 1A

I would really like to know what order Wolves management ranks the guards in this draft. The anticipation is palpable. You owe me a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 9:17 am

Blockbuster 1A

Yes, very true.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 7:43 am

Blockbuster 1A

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade

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