The Timberwolves are in a very good position to make a big splash this week through trades and the draft. With 5 picks, including 3 first rounders, and several expiring contracts for the coveted 2010 off season, the Wolves need to make several moves in order to be relevant again.
First move, get Chris Kaman. Trade Mike Miller, the 28th pick, and the 47th or 49th pick for Kaman. The Clippers will do this deal. They won't give up Kaman for just an expiring contract, they would much rather run Kaman and Griffin, because they can grow together, where as Camby is already 35. That being said, DO NOT TAKE MARCUS CAMBY! He is a talented defensive player, one of the best, but the Wolves need young players who can grow together and compete in the long term, a 27 year old Kaman can do that, a 35 year old Camby can not. Mike Miller has been a bust for the Wolves, now he is nothing more than an expiring contract, so lets use it as trade bait. Expiring contracts don't do much for the Wolves unless they use them in trades, cap room is only good for luring second rate free agents who we have to overpay to get to Minneapolis, we need to trade for the players we need, not try to sign them off the free agent market.
The next move we need to make is to either draft Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry or Jonny Flynn at 6. Evans can play 3 positions and guard 3 positions. He is tall, long and athletic and a game changer with his driving abilities. He can distribute the ball and make his teammates better, and his outside game is developing, he would make a great back court teammate for Randy Foye. Stephen Curry does a lot of things the Wolves need. He is a dead eye shooter with limitless range, he can distribute and make the rest of the team better and he has a great basketball IQ. The Wolves need a guard who can control the game and understands offense. Curry is a player who works hard and has a huge passion for the game which will only make him get better down the road. Jonny Flynn is a freak athlete. HE is a tough defender and a relentless competitor on the court. He has a personality that draws people in and can be the leader this team sorely needs. He can shoot the ball and his range is getting better, he can get to the rim at will also. Flynn also posses a great understanding for the game and is a true point guard the Timberwolves can use.
With the 18th pick the Wolves need to take a small forward. Earl Clark and Sam Young are great prospects. Clark is a Lamar Odom type player. His motor is question but his skills are not, and if he can be our third or fourth best player on the floor, his motor will come around. He is tall and can play both forward spots which is versatility that Minnesota needs. He can shoot the ball and defend quicker players which is something Gomes lacks at the 3 spot. Sam Young is a great athlete who competes on every single night. He does not have the upside of Clark, but with Young you know what you get.
Then the Timberwolves still have expiring contracts with Madsen, Cardinal and others to trade during the season or before the season and after the draft to add pieces around this team.
With these moves the Wolves starting lineup would look like this:
Bench: Love, Carney, Gomes/Clark/Young, Telfair, Smith
With this starting lineup you have talent, youth and some NBA experience, and all of these players can grow together and compete, now lets find the right coach.
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