When watching the Wolves' pitiful 2009 NBA Draft a while back, I thought to myself: A. What are they doing? and B. International?
The Wolves have drafted multiple international players in recent years: Ricky Rubio (Spain), Nikola Pekovic (Montenegro), and Henk Norel (Netherlands).
In this past year's 2010 NBA Draft the Wolves drafted Paulo Prestes (Spain) and receiving Nemanja Bjelica (Serbia) from the Wizards.
Everyone knows how David Kahn is...right? Some use the words: idiotic, stupid, and other words that I can't publish. However, could he be doing something smart?
Last night the Wolves started out with three 1st round draft picks. They traded the 16th and 23rd and got the last pick in the 1st round and a bunch of 2nd round picks. The difference is 1st round=guaranteed money. The Wolves didn't want to have to pay other draft picks that haven't proved themselves yet. Instead, they in a way freed up cap-space for the July 1st date. Can anyone say Rudy Gay?
Back to the international players, we won't get many of them for 1 or 2 years. Rubio and Prestes may come together next year for the 2011-12 season. David Kahn is in love with foreign players, as you can tell above. Nikola Pekovic is a proven winner winning the respective championship in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He will also be debating whether or not to come state side in the next 3 seasons.
What can we expect now? Later?
The Wolves have NO chance of getting any of the "big three". However, there are the speculations of the Wolves pursuing a Rudy Gay or even a David Lee. I like the Rudy Gay idea, however we are loaded on that position. He's a proved NBA player unlike much of the Wolves' roster. He could be the face of the Wolves; unlike he is in Memphis. You can expect a trade involving Jefferson and possibly Corey Brewer. The Wolves could bulk up their roster by trading those two. I know, I love Brewer too! However, if the opportunity presented itself would you rather have Rudy Gay or Brewer?
The Wolves in three years max will have 2-5 international players making a difference for their team. Rubio much like a Maravich in a sense will contribute. Pekovic and Prestes will bring a big-man dominance that the Wolves will like to have once Jefferson is gone. They'll perform in a sense like another foreign player by the name of Luis Scola. You may see a trade involving Flynn or who knows Rubio himself going to another team for a player to bring some stardom to the Twin Cities. Who knows....this is a speculation.
All I know is this. 1. David Kahn loves his foreigners. 2. The Wolves like to confuse and disappoint come draft time and 3. The Wolves have "promising" prospects...