2009-2010 Record - 15-65 (4th Place, Minnesota High School Lake Conference Boy's Freshman B-Squad Basketball)
Key Losses: Large Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins, Damien Wilkins, Brian Cardinal, Oleksiy Pecherov, Greg Steimsma (perhaps the biggest loss), Nathan Jawai, Sasha Pavlovic, the meal I just ate after forcing myself to think about the aforementioned players actually being on our roster last year.
Key Gains: Perhaps a hint of fan interest, Michael Beasley, Wesley's Johnson, Major Lazar Hayward, Kosta Koufos, Kosta Koufos' dance moves and 43-foot nose, Sebastain Telfair, Frodo "Ridnour" Baggins, Martell Webster, Nikola Pekovic and Anthony Tolliver
1. What Significant moves were made in the offseason?
This offseason carried with it yet another frenzy of activity and Wolves-related roster transactions. The key difference between this summer and last is that the Wolves added a significant, and quite underrated, amount of talent and depth to their roster while "only" losing Al Jefferson. This did not occur without a few of David Kahn's traditional head-scratchers (trading Sessions so soon, arguably). Speaking of Kahn, as of this second I am going to start calling him The Cryptkeeper. He just reminds me of a sinister little man and sort of has the same hair, and definitely should have the save voice/laugh but that is a stretch. Not to mention the symbolic nature of a Wolves season-preview write-up featuring a show called Tales from the Crypt seems to make some sense, if for any reason the title alone.
Back to the offseason. This all started at the draft lottery when the Wolves "lucked out" and nailed the 4th pick in the draft, of which my only reaction was this post. Come draft night we shifted around a little bit and ended up selecting Wesley's Johnson, Luke Babbitt, who was traded (more on this shortly), Lazar Hayward in a deal with Washington, Nemanja Bjelica and sure-fire future NBA supermegastar Paulo Prestes, who may not have even known he was in the draft to begin with. Many felt this haul was...unsuccessful. So, after a few months of letting it all sink in, Wolves fans are back at it and ready to make outlandish, preposterous predictions that only approach Knick-fan/media level of absurdity (and it really does not get much more fail than that). So I'll go ahead and get started. Despite passing on Cousins, I think Wesley is going to be solid. He no doubt fills a very key need for the Wolves on the perimeter with his athleticism, and his shooting form is potentially enough for Pfizer to stop distributing Viagra to the Minneapolis market completely. Look for him to be a major contributor, but given the influx of rotation-worthy wings now on our roster (a first?), it will be tough for Johnson to statistically contend for ROY this year. It could turn out to be another Flynn situation, where the guy drafted right after him (Cousins in WJ's case) will outperform him statistically and thus he will be put into the dog house by local fans despite some positives.
Semi-related tangent: I will go on the record and say that absorbing Elton Brand's salary in order to move down 2 spots for Turner would have been the downfall of this franchise and an absolutely dreadful decision. Moving on. CLICK READ MORE TO CONTINUE