The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the few teams that will have enough money to sign a big free agent coming up this offseason.
Preferring not to dive into numbers, David Kahn has made it clear with the Alando Tucker trade, that he is capable of making moves that can only help positively from this point.
Many NBA fans questioned why would a GM take two point guards back to back in the 2009 NBA which he picked Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio, despite them both being the best left on the board, Ricky Rubio playing in Spain, and the Wolves having a desperate need for a wing player?
Going back to the message that he has been preaching from the beginning, they're not winning any championships anytime soon. It's become clear that the media and just people period are more concerned about "here and now", instead of the future. I however have argued why try to make a championship run now, when the NBA is at an all-time high of championship caliber teams, and in 3-4 years there's a possible chance that that won't be the case?
I think David Kahn would agree.
It's all about requiring assets for nothing. Four second round draft picks next season? Why do it? I expect Kahn to possibly keep his highest second round pick, but the others are "assets". You can sell a second round pick for over a million dollars, or trade them off for young prospects.
David Kahn traded backup point guard Jason Hart for Alando Tucker, a second round draft pick and cash. Alando Tucker was the 29th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, the same draft that Corey Brewer was selected in. It can't hurt to take a look at a prospect that happened to have tore up the D-League, is Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer, and was a candidate for the Naismith Award for best NCAA basketball player of the year.
Smart if you ask me...Ingenious
There have been articles stating that David Kahn has been monitoring Rudy Gay, a swingman standing at 6'9'', and averaging 20 PPG currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Rudy Gay has turned down huge contracts, and could be seeking anything from the 60-65 million dollars over five years.
From the moves that David Kahn has made, It wouldn't surprise me if he didn't sign the swingman at all. It wouldn't surprise me if he signed what I like to call "steal" free agents like Ramon Sessions, a player that has scored 44 points in a game, had a triple double against the championship team the Lakers, and had a game registering 24 assists. Meaning choosing to save money over the long run in case anything "drastic" should happen, or whatever the case may be.
If David Kahn chooses not to sign anyone, it's not the end of the world. Why? David Kahn has acquired a number of first round draft picks, which will be used on young talent. David Kahn also has Ricky Rubio, a spanish sensation prospect who's arguably the best passer of the decade, and Nikola Pekovic, a European center who's in the upper tier of talent in the Euro's.
David Kahn's best acquisition has to be in head coach Kurt Rambis. Kurt Rambis was the understudy of "Zen master" Phil Jackson, who has won 10 NBA championships, and who coached Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and the alpha mega teacher of the "triangle offense". Kurt Rambis has implemented the offense to the young Wolves, and in some cases they are able to run it well.
As with any young talent, the Wolves are inconsistent, which is exceptable for a young team that have been together for mere months and running a new offense with a new coaching staff.
With all that being said, I encourage Wolves fans to be patient, as well as I will be.
I look at the Portland Trailblazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who acquired assets through the draft, and are choosing to grow their young talent in place of playing and signing veterans for the "here and now", like the New York Knicks.
The Timberwolves look to be doing the same, it's working for them isn't it? But the last thing the Wolves need is 50 million injuries (Portland), and selling the franchise (Thunder).
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