The Minnesota Timberwolves have taken advantage of this offseason to improve their team.
I know there have been reports saying that David Kahn is purposely destroying the team, and he is a terrible GM, but there is no doubt that the team is better off now than it was before the offseason. This free-agency season the Wolves made two big signings and two nice trades.
The Wolves haven't really been trying to hard to get big name free agents (although they did meet with David Lee), but they are taking advantage of the seller's market and getting some good deals.
They may have overpaid for Darko Milicic, but he is still a decent player with some upside, and he is a center. He can play defense which is something the Wolves need. They also signed 2008 second-round pick Nikola Pekovic, the European center who has a tremendous skill set and can log meaningful minutes right away.
The Wolves also traded for Michael Beasley, who was the number two pick just a couple years ago. (It's ironic that they now have two number two overall picks that are considered busts to this point.)
Beasley hasn't really been effective in the NBA so far, but he is still young and is a talented guy that they didn't really give up much for. The second round pick doesn't really matter, but they do have to swap picks with Miami in the future, which I can't imagine being better than 28th, but still, it's a pretty low price for a guy who was the second overall pick a few years ago and is still only 21 years old.
Overall I think the moves the Wolves made are leading up to the trade of Al Jefferson. Think about it. Now the Wolves have Love and Beasley at power forward and Milicic and Pekovic at center. There is no room for Jefferson.
When the Wolves traded for Beasley, it sealed Jefferson's fate. He will no doubt be traded before the season starts, it's just a matter of when.
I really like the moves the Wolves made and I think they are a much deeper, and more talented team than last year, and they have a surplus of good young players with big upside.
The picture of Wally is a nice touch, isn't it?