Minnesota Timberwolves: Why They Must Sign Andray Blatche
General manager David Kahn has done a lot this offseason to improve his team. He has totally revamped the shooting guard and small forward positions.
However, he has yet to address perhaps the biggest issue, and that is the lack of size on this team.
The Timberwolves have only three players that are 6'10" or taller. One of those three is All-Star Kevin Love, who is lacking a real backup.
Say hello to free agent Andrey Blatche.
Blatche was released by the Wizards using the amnesty clause and has stated he is willing to play for the veteran minimum (h/t Darren Wolfson, 1500ESPN.com). At 6'11", he would fit the bill perfectly as someone to back up Love as well as play alongside him.
Just two seasons ago, Blatche averaged 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. The only player on the T-wolves' roster capable of matching those numbers is Love.
Adding Blatche would be a move that can help the present as well as the future. Only 26 years old, he had improved every season except for last year's shortened season.
Last season he missed the entire month of February with a calf injury. He then returned in March and struggled, which led to the Wizards sitting him. Blatche appeared in only 26 games last season.
Blatche would provide insurance in case Derrick Williams is really better suited to play SF instead of PF. He would also provide some athleticism at the center spot.
No offense to Nikola Pekovic and Greg Stiemsma, but athleticism isn't the first word that comes to mind when I hear their names.
With the size the Lakers, Clippers, Thunder and Mavs have, the T-wolves need all the big bodies they can get their hands on. Otherwise, coach Rick Adelman might be forced to play Love at center more than anyone would like.
Sure sounds like a match made in heaven; let's hope Kahn thinks the same and gets this deal done.
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