Kyle Korver: Minnesota Timberwolves Must Pull the Trigger on This Trade
2012 has been the Minnesota Timberwolves' most active offseason since the franchise traded Kevin Garnett in 2007. In continuation of previous attempts to bolster their roster, David Kahn and company are reportedly involved in a trade that could help shape the Western Conference.
Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the news:
If this report rings true, the Minnesota Timberwolves cannot hesitate to pull the trigger. Their greatest need is clearly their lack of a perimeter shooter, which Brandon Roy only improves but not solves.
Kyle Korver just so happens to be one of the best three-point shooters in the game today.
Korver is coming off a season in which he shot 43.5 percent from distance. This follows a 2011 campaign in which he shot 41.5 percent from range, as well as a 2010 season in which he buried an NBA-record 53.6 percent of his three-point field goals.
Considering the Timberwolves' best long-range striker at this point is power forward Kevin Love, it's rather self-explanatory how helpful Korver would be to the T-Wolves' offensive attack.
What's important to note, however, is that Kyle Korver's contributions are not limited to his jump shooting. Instead, Korver would offer a sense of stability at the 3 which the Timberwolves lack at this point in time.
How far would the addition of Kyle Korver take the Minnesota Timberwolves?
With Derrick Williams failing to find a true position and Chase Budinger a tweener in his own right, the T-Wolves remain in a position of uncertainty. Throw in Wesley Johnson, who has played both the 2 and 3 with inconsistency, and you have yourself a three-headed monster of unparalleled discomfort.
If you want to compete for and in the postseason, you cannot let that remain.
Korver has positively influenced every team he's ever been on. He's stretched the floor for big men in Utah and Philadelphia, which offers a great deal of relief to both Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Most important of all, however, is that Korver has always offered a valuable presence for slashing point guards.
With Ricky Rubio's ability to attack the basket and the Timberwolves' inability to complement his drive-and-dish tendencies, Korver seems to be the perfect complement. Time to pull the trigger before he gets away.
It may just be enough to keep Kevin Love in town.
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