Mike Miller is going to be traded. It's inevitable. He has a style that fits the wolves perfectly, but he's 30 and will be a free agent after next the 09-10 season.
Minnesota could very easily trade him to a team that is willing to give up a Big, or a PG, as the wolves have a need for both. So, let's take a look a realistic trade partners, and what could be expected.
Starting with The Clippers, because they really can't justify have five post players on their roster, plus they have an unhappy PG. Clippers could do any of these, and the dollars would work.
Kaman for Miller- straight up
Camby for Miller- straight up
Randolph for Miller and Cardinal
B. Davis for Miller and Madsen.
Randolph won't happen, because he's too selfish, and is a locker room cancer. Camby's 35 so I wouldn't expect him to go to the Wolves. A three-way could be involved with a team like the Heat, with the wolves getting Wright/Cook and Haslem.
Same thing if it's Baron Davis that is moved. Also moving Cardinal or Madsen doesn't help the Wolves unless they are getting some young talent back, as both of their contracts are expiring.
That leaves Miller for Kaman. The Wolves really need to Explore this trade. Kaman is a legitimate seven footer. He's only 28. He rebounds, blocks shots, and is a presence that penetrating guards will have to account for. This is exactly what the wolves need.
So why would the Clips do this? Kaman's been injured in the past. The Clips have many 4s and 5s—Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby, Al Thornton, Zach Randolph, DeAndre Jordan. That's five, now they are going to draft Griffin, and make it 6. You can't have that many bigs with only 15 roster spots.
The Clips don't really have a 3 either. The closest that they get is Ricky Davis, and Mardy Collins. Collins at 6'6" can't really guard most 3's physically. Davis is 6'7, which is better, but Miller is 6'8". Miller can guard most 3's. Davis couldn't guard my mom. Plus if it doesn't work out, Miller's salary is off the books.
I think Kahn and Dunleavy need to have a little discussion. This could be best for both teams. Plus the wolves are still loaded with six expiring contracts not including Foye. There is definitely the ability to gather some good young talent.
One thing to note. Some people call Thornton a 3. Call him what you want, but he thrives playing small ball at the 4. If he's playing the 3, you let him jack up those threes until he kills you. No one playing the 3 will be around the league very long shooting 30.1% from three like Thornton is doing for his career right now. I would LOVE to see him go to NY and play the 4 there.
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