Kevin McHale Out: Fresh Start for the Minnesota Timberwolves?
The day that the Timberwolves finally fired GM/coach Kevin McHale was probably one of the most exciting days for Wolves fans, sadly. The only good choice McHale made in his 15 years as coach was drafting Kevin Garnett.
Just a couple of his blunders include the Joe Smith deal, in which they lost three or four first round draft picks. Others include trading Roy for Foye, trading OJ Mayo for Kevin Love, and of course, trading KG.
Now that he's gone, the Timberwolves have a new GM in Kahn, and there is some hope for the franchise (I hope).
Kahn came in and immediately shook things up by having a number of players in trade rumors, and seemingly wanting to get rid of anything McHale did. Most recently, he traded Foye and Miller for the No. 5 pick (and a bunch of garbage) from the Wizards.
In my opinion, the trade would originally be good because they would have four first round picks to get some desperately needed talent (either through trade or draft), but I cannot imagine that the they will keep all of their picks.
Rumor has it that they are going to trade up to the No. 2 spot to get Ricky Rubio, which is one of the stupidest ideas that I have heard of. There is also an outside shot that they move up to no. 2 to get Thabeet and take Evans at 5 or 6 if he's available.
Everyone is making Rubio out to be the next Steve Nash and such a great player—I, however, think that he is going to turn out like another Euro teen superstar by the name of Darko Milicic.
Rubio didn't even put up that great of numbers in Europe and his best asset is supposed to be passing? I think the defense is going to be just a little tougher in the NBA than it was playing scrub teams in Europe, not to mention ten times more athletic.
He's also not supposed to be the best shooter, and they say he's not athletic, so he won't be the best finisher around the rim. I know they haven't yet selected Rubio, so it might be a little premature to give up on Kahn, but it's probably going to happen.
If they keep the fifth and sixth picks, they could most likely select Tyreke Evans, who is a better player than Rubio in my opinion. They could also get someone like Jennings, DeRozan, Holiday, or Terrance Williams without giving up their later round picks.
The smartest of their options would be to trade one of their higher picks to get a proven veteran, because looking at the 'Wolves, their two best players are, honestly, Al Jefferson (overrated) and Kevin Love (better version of Mark Madsen).
They desperately need someone that can score, play defense, pass, and —well, basically everything else that a team needs to win a game, because right now, they have nothing.
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