This has been in my mind terribly over the last few days, as I haven't been able to write for the last few days amongst disgust over the NBA lottery, which once again cheated the Minnesota Timberwolves (and the New Jersey Nets whom I felt sorry for) out of their supposed lottery position.
While the Wizards will have a perfect fit with John Wall, the Washington Wizards will look like the most athletic team in the NBA. With a core of John Wall, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, they have good pieces in place for their future. The Philadelphia 76ers would be adding Evan Turner, a versatile player that resembles Andre Igoudala.
So far, the signs point to the 76ers wanting to trade down, and the Wolves are in perfect shape to do so. More than likely, the 76ers want to draft either Demarcus Cousins, or Wesley Johnson, two perfect fits for the 76ers.
The Wolves want to trade up to the number two slot. To do so? They would have to more than likely take on Elton Brand, and his contract which will pay him 66 million dollars over the next 4 years.
The question is, would the Wolves do this? This would totally take away any free agent opportunities that the Wolves could have this upcoming period, and would do the same following any other free agency periods.
More than likely, this is a trade that the Wolves would have to make in order for this to transpire:
- No. 4 pick
- No. 16 or No. 23 pick
- Fill in player for cap space clearing/ young talent
- No. 2 pick
- Elton Brand
In my opinion, the Elton Brand contract situation is a complete headache, but for the Wolves, they might have to look at it from another standpoint. Say the Wolves were to trade both their later 1st round picks, European big Nikola Pekovic, Ryan Gomes and Ramon Sessions (or a combination of something else) without having to sacrifice their 4th overall pick, than the Wolves would possess No. 2 and No. 4, which they will use to draft Evan Turner and Favors/Cousins.
The Wolves core, added with Rubio coming over the season after next, would be something to look twice upon. The Wolves core would then be much respected, have all-star potential, and could possibly compete for an NBA title within 5 years if the chemistry is great.
Would taking on Elton Brand's contract be worth that? Is it worth the risk of say having a bust with both the lottery picks?
If you look at it from a standpoint of money, than the Wolves probably won't do it. However, I think they will look at it as their future, and Evan Turner could be the start of it. The free agent possibilities for the Wolves signing a marquee player are very slim, and the Wolves need to explore every possibility to getting Evan Turner.
So the final verdict?
If the Wolves can nail Evan Turner, and even Demarcus Cousins/Derrick Favors together, although the risk might be high, the payoff could be incredible. It isn't like Elton Brand can't play anymore (now I've really gone crazy). All jokes aside though, it will be very interesting to see what the Wolves do.
I however think the Wolves need to nabb Turner regardless. His versatility and star potential could be well worth the money of Elton Brand's contract.