Well, I can understand the difficulty with trading the deal, but this is disappointing. Especially since the trade deadline is tomorrow. Kahn already gives up. Meanwhile the Nets acquired Deron Williams for cents on the dollar.
There goes your latest "window of opportunity."
Quick thought - with few exceptions, teams that over value draft picks and mediocre young players tend to stay rather mediocre in this league. Many out there say the Knicks gave up too much for 'Melo, especially relative to the Nets in the Deron trade. They gave up nothing. Fans overrate their role-players and become attached, thinking they are more than they are. Role-player production is cheap and easily replaceable. Look at the Spurs for a shining example of this. The Knicks are a top 2 team in the east once the Celtics run out of fuel. The Nets aren't far behind if they play their cards right. The Celtics did it. the Heat did it. You do not always have to fall back on the draft in order to build your team. Anyone who says the Wolves' only opportunity for ugrading talent was Randolph/Curry is lying to themselves. Kahn's job is to generate opportunities based on the king's ransom worth of assets he has and isn't using.
I sincerely hope the Wolves trade their 1st round pick this year in a package deal with some combination of Rubio/Beasley/Flynn/Johnson/other picks heading out. Enough pre-teens running around. This is a stellar package, to get a stellar player. Stop defending or standing by a 13 win roster, Kahn. Otherwise Love is next on this list, and he should be the only one you aren't shopping.
@stewsa Well Rubio was a no-brainer for this situation for our team. Flynn was truly atrocious. That draft was loaded, go check it out. There are literally a dozen guys I would have personally taken. Taking Flynn hurt us HUGE. Wes Johnson = "mehhhhh." Weak draft though, so we'll see how it goes. The bottom line is Kahn is a TERRIBLE evaluator of talent, and has been hurting us in the draft.
@CollegeWolf That makes sense. But I think the jury is still out on his 1st two drafts. If either Rubio or Johnson turn out to be studs, Kahn is looking good, right? Now if both of them bust, then you need a new guy.
@stewsa He meant to also include from when he took over the team. Tons of draft picks (6 first rounders the past 2 years, 3 more this year, etc), cheap players, expiring contracts, cap space, etc. Kahn definitely had a LOT more to work with than most NBA GM's... especially rebuilding ones. And he has done next to nothing with them.
Also, Rubio didn't want to play here either GreatNBAmind and Kahn picked him. That 2009 Draft is loaded with Talent. So unless you have the environment to lure free agaents you need to build from the draft peroid. Look at the Twins that are always competing, to the Patriots/Steelers that know how to use the Draft. Don't try to re-event the wheel!
Well thats why we need someone who can evalueate talent... and I didn't need a crystal ball for the draft, those are the guys I honestly would have taken peroid.
@JNatural That's a good, fair point. There are at least a dozen guys I would have personally taken over Flynn as well...
TWolves Should be 2010-11 Roster!
This is a 3 year plan Kahn should have taken... Honestly mine without trades of free agents!!
Start by using Draft for foundation!!! Though Kahn didn't think 2009 Draft was deep?
PG Curry (2009 Draft 5th pick)
SG Mathews (2009 2nd Round 45th)
SF DeRozan (2009 6th pick)
C Cousins (2010 First pick)
PG AJ Price (2009 2nd Round 47th)
SG Budinger (2009 18th pick)
PF Blair (2009 28th pick)
I Guess 2009 really had some talent Mr. Kahn!!!!
@JNatural Kahn would be considered best GM in the last 50 years if he had a crystal ball to know that these players would've been best in there draft class. Everyone except you knew that Stephen Curry let his agent know he didn't want to play in MN, thus reason we didn't pick him. Wesley Matthews would've been top 5 pick if every GM knew he was going to turn into the player he has..... Players don't want to come to MN ( example: Rudy Gay) so stop knocking Kahn.
Curry "joining a contender" would probably mean he'd be hired as a body to throw out there during practice if a roster was depleted due to injury. The guy probably can't even run up and down the floor more than 3 consecutive times without getting lightheaded.
So much for this. Looks like Curry is definitely out of here... and wants to join a "contender" lololol!?!?!
"MIN will buyout Eddy Curry's contract. Curry wants to join a contender and is working out with Tim Grover in CHI. tinyurl.com/4eueqpj"
But can't say I didn't see this coming.
Oh, and Gerald Wallace is available for expiring contract(s) and a first round pick? Too bad we don't have Curry to trade them.
Screw you Kahn.