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Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 1:37 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

As Ken Berger reported, the Wolves aren't opposed to moving the No. 2 pick, but are looking for a deal that "blows them away," as a source told Berger.

Looks like the Wolves are trying to blow themselves away.

After reported deals involving JaVale McGee and Roy Hibbert came up cold for Minnesota, the Wolves turned to the Lakers to try and nab a top flight big man to play alongside Kevin Love.

According to SI.com, the Wolves offered a deal including the No. 2 pick for Andrew Bynum. That one will knock your socks off all right.

The Lakers have denied interest in moving either Bynum or Pau Gasol, with Lakers VP Jim Buss hinting Bynum is untouchable, but there has to be at least some level of temptation here for general manager Mitch Kupchak. Bynum is still just 23 years old (can you believe that?) and at 7-1, is one of the most imposing players in the league. He controls the paint, scores on the block and can own the glass. His issues have just been focus and health, but like I said, with him still being young, there's a lot of time for him yet.

Which is why Minnesota would try and go after him. But it's also why the Lakers likely aren't interested in dealing him. A prospect like Derrick Williams is intriguing because the next franchise scorer will have to find his way to L.A. at some point because Kobe's days won't last forever. However, dealing away a championship caliber center with an eye to the future doesn't sound like the Laker way. They prefer to stay in the now and try and win titles presently and worry about the future when the future arrives.

The Lakers won't have a problem finding a franchise face down the line whether it be in the draft or free agency. There's a lot of talk about them needing to get younger but two things about that:

1) The Mavericks proved that idea is really a bunch of junk. Youth can be overrated. Sometimes, the old guys will do just fine.

2) Again, it's not like Bynum is old. He's just two years older than Williams. We're not talking about some 33-year-old washed up big man with bad feet. Bynum has had his health concerns but when he's right, he's as dominant as any player in the league. Remember, the Lakers have won two titles with him in the middle.

Not a bad effort by David Kahn though reaching out for Bynum. Clearly the Wolves are trying to make something happen with No. 2. It's going to take the right team and the right situation to get someone to bite, but a shot at Bynum was worth it. Love, Bynum, Ricky Rubio, Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson -- not a bad core at all.

Too bad it's not going to happen.
Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

 fine a way to trade artest and walton. what that does is free up the salary cap to add role players.
Salary cap?  The Lakers don't even consider the salary cap.  They were by far the highest payroll in the league this year, and waaaaay over the salary cap.  And no one's going to take Artest at $7M.  They might get someone to take Walton's expiring contract, but the union negotiations are gonna impact all of that.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

To me.....Bynum is 2nd best center in the NBA when healthy.
Wow.  Pretty big statement for a guy who has averaged double digit rebounds once and 15 points once, and those didn't come in the same year.  But even if you're right, does it matter?  He's played one full season out of six.  Or to put it another way, 83% of the time he misses anywhere between significant and massive parts of the season.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

What makes you think, at least at this point, Fisher can play the triangle?  I love Fish, used to be great, but the Lakers desperately need a replacement at PG, his days are done.  Second, the Lakers new head coach has already said the Lakers will NOT be playing the triangle next season (although "some" elements may be retained) so that argument for trading Bynum, if it ever existed, is no longer valid.
Ok, maybe I should have said "is smart enough to play in the triangle" or "understands the triangle".  I hate Fisher.  Dirtiest player in the league who became some sort of national hero when he had genuine misfortune strike him.  Doesn't make him a quality guy, and he was the worst starting PG in the league last year.  My point was, West wasn't talking about Fisher.  He was referring to Bynum.

I hadn't heard Brown say they were scrapping the triangle.  That should increase Bynum's value to the Lakers since he probably won't be asked to pass or make a 10 foot jumper in any other offense.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Gasol has to play out of position at C.  Then what do you do a PF?
Lakers played better with Gasol at center and Odom at PF last year while Bynum was out nursing another injury than they did with him playing a significant role.  They won two championships with Gasol pulling most of the minutes at center and Odom at PF.  Bynum was a part-time player on their two championship teams.  When they did expand his role in the playoffs this year, the offense completely stalled, they couldn't score, and they were swept away.  While Bynum was commiting one of the stupidest intentional fouls imaginable. 

I know he has skills, but do they fit the Lakers?  Will he ever be healthy long enough to have a team rely on him as a central piece?  I think the Lakers hold onto him for the same reason another poster said - the younger Buss truly thinks he's going to get Dwight Howard next year, they need a body they can move to free up salary, and Bynum is due a ridiculous $31M over the next two seasons.



Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

i'd make this trade if im the lakers, but i'd make the T wolves throw in jonny flynn. with the 2nd pick i'd draft derrick williams. & next years starting 5 would be flynn,kobe,williams,odom, gasol...... fine a way to trade artest and walton. what that does is free up the salary cap to add role players.





Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

i'd make this trade if im the lakers, but i'd make the T wolves throw in jonny flynn. with the 2nd pick i'd draft derrick williams. & next years starting 5 would be flynn,kobe,williams,odom, gasol...... fine a way to trade artest and walton. what that does is free up the salary cap to add role players.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Response was for this trade:

Latest news....the Timberwolves offer the Warriors the number 2 pick and Ricky "Don't Call Me Paulina" Rubio in exchange for Andris Biedrins and their number 11 pick.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

This trade makes no sense to Wolves.  Why would they trade their PG of the future & #2 pick for a later pick and a so-so center.  Give me a break.




Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Mike Kahn someone said has been doing a good job. Dude is the worst GM in the league and he needs to get fired. I understand he got rid of Mchales players. Al Jefferson is better then every player on the wolves now. Maybe not Kevin Love but i think Jefferson is better then him too(both player suck on defense and thats Jefferson only weakness). Kahn drafted 3 point guards (Rubio,Johnny Flynn, and Lawson) and he traded the best PG prospect on draft day. Mind you Mchale drafted Kevin Love(traded him for Mayo during the draft) not Kahn. Getting Bynum is probably the best idea Kahn had since becoming a GM. To bad that trade wont happen. The Wolves need another GM(and coach) if they want to be successful. The team Kahn has put together is no better then the teams Mchale has put together. Infact they are worst then the team Mchale put together.




Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Number 2 pick for a guy who has knees made of straw?


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