I expect that guy above (Evan Turner) to be in a Timberwolves uniform when the new season starts.
No, seriously, there's a good chance.
The Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn recently held a "end of the year" press conference that featured some interesting topics of discussion, but the biggest topic that Wolves fans should be happy to hear is that the GM knows that the Wolves need their "go-to scorer", or "#1 guy", the "block" to the building block, the core to the nucleus, etc..
This upcoming draft wields John Wall and Evan Turner, two franchise players in the making in which the Wolves will make a move towards in the draft, and more than likely, will ensure that their "alpha dog" will have plenty of help.
David Kahn has used examples like "Kevin Durant", and "Brandon Roy. While there won't be another Kevin Durant, Evan Turner appears to be Brandon Roy 2.0, while John Wall appears to be similar to Derrick Rose. While the Wolves have a good amount of cap space, I doubt that the Wolves use it to find their #1 guy, simply because the likes of a LeBron or Wade signing there are very low.
However, thinking through and through as to what the Wolves can do, there are endless possibilities.
For one, the Wolves will more than likely make a push for Evan Turner, the NCAA player of the year. A player that was a walking triple double on some occasions, posting 20 PPG, nine RPG, and six APG, while playing stellar defense and having incredible leadership qualities.
With the cap space, and the abundance of assets that the Wolves possess, I can see the Wolves making some moves in a sign and trade situation.
The biggest possibility would be the Wolves making a huge run at Indiana Pacers' star Danny Granger and their lottery pick. To pull that off?
- Danny Granger
- Free agent (Rudy Gay, Carlos Boozer,etc.) in a sign-and-trade situation.
- Jonny Flynn
- The rights to Nikola Pekovic
- 23rd and 45th overall pick
I'm not sure if Indiana goes for this, but it seems pretty even depending on who the Wolves were to sign in free agency.
There was a trade rumor going on from last season, that stated that the Wolves tried to trade Al Jefferson for Danny Granger, but it turned out these were just rumors. But I wouldn't be surprised if there were some truth to the Wolves being interested in Granger.
At this point, the Wolves GM described the Wolves as having moments where the Wolves would play well for 40 minutes, but then have a complete lapse for eight minutes, or have an inability to close out games, and described having an impact player to bail them out. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the Wolves really lack a player that can create his own shot, and lead the team.
John Wall, Evan Turner, Danny Granger, etc.. should all be on the Wolves radar for next season, as this offseason's first primary goal has been stated to find their "guy".
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