That is all. Highly repetetive (to the rest of the world) draft recap to follow. Too much going on and ducks need to be aligned and heads screwed back on.
Initial thought? Not a bad draft for the Wolves. And of course a vet trade did not happen. Of course. Who's shocked? Probably many.
Derrick Williams was the pick. I like it and am glad we didn't get cute if the vet trade wasn't up to standards.
Solid idea to trade back for Malcolm Lee, an excellent value selection, rather than take him at #20. Yeah...let's sleep on this.
Oh, and the Brad Miller era has begun, (in 2012 when he recovers from surgery). Ladies and gentlemen, your veteran addition:
Well, the day is upon us. Two months after the Wolves' horrid season ends, we have come to draft day. The Wolves hold the #2 and #20 picks, no second rounders, and have been the subject of a barrage of rumors.
Andre Iguodala, Pau Gasol, Monta Ellis, Andrew Bogut, Josh Smith, Marcin Gortat, Steve Nash, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom have all been mentioned as potential trade targets. The #2 pick holds the most value for us in tradeable options.
What will happen? Can Kahn pull some magic? Can he make his first meaningful trade, for an established player, of his career? Do teams even work with us anymore? Too many questions. We will find out tonight.
It may be wise to lower expectations a bit. Every Kahn Window of Opportunity has produced a zombie-army of armchair GM speculation with none other than Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's mumu and sports bra to show for it. It seems very real that all of the allure of a good move will come crashing down when no deal materializes. Not trying to be negative, just temper expectations a bit so one can enjoy their evening.
My prediction: Wolves draft and keep Williams, and trade the #20 pick for either a 2nd rounder and cash to pay the Rambis buyout, or 2 2nd rounders. I don't think Kahn has it in him to acquire the player we all covet.
But that's just me. Only a few hours way.....thoughts? Feel free to join the forum conversations on draft night or head down to Target Center at 5:30 for the draft party. A few of us staffers and friends will be there. Look for the group of eight or so standing on the edge of the Hennepin Avenue bridge after Kahn trades the #2 pick for Matt Bonner and come say hi.no comments
Decision will be announced after the draft. Sheesh, what a week.
Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn has decided to fire coach Kurt Rambis, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Kahn isn’t expected to announce the decision until after Thursday’s NBA draft, but he’s already begun collecting information on prospective replacements for Rambis, sources said.
Kahn met with Rambis last week and believes he has reached an impasse with the coach. The relationship between Kahn and Rambis deteriorated over the course of the past season, to the point where there’s been little communication between them.
Rambis has two years left on his original four-year contract. With the Timberwolves in the midst of a major rebuilding project, he went 32-132 as their coach, including a league-worst 17-65 this season.
Behind that man patting himself vigorously on the back is the one and only Ricky Rubio. You'd think Paul McCartney was getting off that plane if it wasn't all guys cheering. Thanks to everyone who showed up for this. It is great that the Wolves fans represented.no comments
ESPN.com is currently running a headline that Ricky Rubio may not be heading to Minnesota after all.
If you actually read the article, you'll see that it's nothing more than pure unfounded speculation that is being drummed up by the Worldwide Leader in order to create some off-season NBA buzz after their very own posterboys, the Miami Heat, went down in flames. Clearly "We are talking to Barcelona and we will soon see" is synonymous with "I will not play for the Minnesota Timberwolves". Ricky's other quote, that he was "very happy" that his team won the Spanish League Title, also indicates that he has no intention of coming to the NBA this season. If you click on the Sports Nation poll located on that page, you'll also see that 59% of the masses believe that Rubio will be playing for Barcelona next season after hearing about these hard-hitting quotes.
Personally, I tend to believe the reports that came out a few weeks back that Rubio had already inked a deal with the Wolves and was just respectfully waiting for his team's season to end before making an announcment. Those reports aligned perfectly with both logic and the NBA collective bargaining agreement. The fact that he didn't don his T-Wolves jersey the second after the final buzzer sounded is no cause for concern. Let's all give Ricky a little time to enjoy his team's championship and soak it all in before he makes his big announcement. If we haven't heard something by this time next week, then it's time to hit the panic button.
In all seriousness, the Timberwolves simply cannot afford the massive backlash that would come from Ricky remaining in Spain, especially after those reports of him coming leaked out. If the Wolves had any indication that Rubio may not play for the team, they would have vehemently denied those reports instead of giving the very transparent "no comment" response. To do otherwise would have been setting the scene for a PR nightmare that would undoubtedly upstage LeBron's "go back to their lives" comment as the biggest gaffe this summer. David Kahn may have made some questionable moves and said some dumb things in the past, but there's no way he's stupid enough to let the Ricky Rubio novela play out that way.
Draft Prospects Enes Kanter and Derrick Williams Featured in Workouts for Timberwolves Thursday at Target Center
What: The Minnesota Timberwolves will host workouts for potential draft picks at the Life Time Fitness Training Center in Target Center on Thursday, June 16.
Who: Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone, along with draft prospects Enes Kanter, Derrick Williams and others, will be available to the media.
When: Thursday, June 16
10:00 a.m. media availability:
Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky/Turkey
Keith Benson, C, Oakland
Alec Burks, G, Colorado
Malcolm Delaney, G, Virginia Tech
Isaiah Thomas, G, Washington
2:30 p.m. media availability:
Derrick Williams, F, Arizona
Jamar Diggs, G, Wofford
Anthony Moody, G, Univ. of Mary
Tai Wesley, F, Utah State
Where: Life Time Fitness Training Center - Target Center
· All workouts are closed. Media will only be allowed in at the conclusion of the workouts.
· Draft prospects will only be available during media access periods following their workouts. The players will have other obligations following their workouts and will not be available for radio call-ins or off-site interviews.
One of the favorite past times of any basketball junkie who roots for a bad team, is scheming up deals to trade his garbage for other team's treasure. Over the past several years, seeing this done on our TWB Forums has been pretty depressing. (Do you think we could swing Sebastian Telfair for Rudy Fernandez? Really???) Anyway, with Senor Rubio on his way, K. Love in the fold, and the #2 pick on the horizon, things have gotten much brighter for the T-Wolves. (At least until Kahn drafts four centers this June.) With that in mind, forum regular, Roundhouse, has come up with The Ultimate Dream Trade Challenge. I won't go into the nitty-gritty here on the front page, but basically we're pitting dream trade scenarios against each other and then letting the people vote on which deal they'd rather see the Wolves make.
It's pretty cool, extremely sports-nerdy, and actually quite a bit of fun. Check it out here in the forums!no comments
As has been speculated in recent days, David Kahn has apparently pulled it off: Ricky Rubio has agreed to join the Minnesota Timberwolves next season! Hats off to Kahn for this one.
Lot's more thoughts coming on this soon....
As reported by Adrian W, the man often made fun of but the man who also never fails to break a Wolves-related story.
Barriero was also involved.
As was the ever excellent JON KRAWCZYNSKI, (yes I copied ans pasted that) who, along with Adrian Wojnairjegrtiwe make crediting sources immensely difficult.
Welcome Ricky!!!! (if true, of course)
Rumors are swirling that the Wolves, Cavs, and Pistons are mulling over a potential three-team deal that would send Minnesota's #2 pick to Cleveland for picks #4 and #8. Basically, Detroit would part with their #8 selection in order to unload Rip Hamilton's contract onto Cleveland who owns a massive trade exception. The Cavs would then package their own #4 and Detroit's #8 to the Wolves in exchange for #2.
Assuming that the Cavaliers intend on taking Derrick Williams with the #2 pick, this trade could be a potential no-brainer. Either Enes Kanter or Brandon Knight would be a better fit for the Wolves than Williams. If Irving and Williams go with the first two picks, the Wolves are still assured that Kanter or Knight will be there at the #4 spot. The real question then becomes how much they value Kanter over Knight, or vice versa, as they'll be stuck with whomever Utah doesn't pick. If they see a big difference between the two players, it might be wiser to hold onto the pick and just select the one they prefer, as the #8 pick this is unlikely to yield an impact player.
Another plus to this trade is that it gives the Wolves two Top 10 picks to use to swing a trade for a veteran. I know that we've been drooling in the forums over potential trades for both Andre Iguodala and Rudy Gay. Having two first-rounders could give the Wolves the ammunition necessary to pull those deals off. It could also open the door to push one or both of those picks into the 2012 draft, which should be bursting at the seams with talent.
Really, the only downside here is if the Wolves fall in love with either Kanter or Knight and they end up getting picked by Utah. In my opinion, neither are sure enough bets to turn down the value of this trade for. The only other hinderance would be if a potential trade partner for a veteran was enamored with Williams and would over-value the opportunity to pick him up at #2.
The Wolves have time to shop around, but unless the #2 pick is critical for obtaining a proven vet, I think the Kahn Man should pull the trigger on this one.no comments