So after another piece of writing to the fans from the Timberwolves (read about the first one here), General Manager David Kahn has said that atop of the Timberwolves To-Do list, is to sign a dominant player: “our version of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant”.
So who could he be alluding to? Does Kahn himself know? I hope so!
It could be Carmelo Anthony.
They have the cap space, he will be a free agent, and he certainly fits the criteria. Anthony in a Timberwolves jersey would pack out the Target Center every night.
The only problem with this move is that, because of his All-Star status, and the fact that he will be a free agent, Anthony can almost choose the team he plays for (provided they have the cap space). And while there are whispers that Anthony has been talking to the Wolves, the rumours circulating about him joining the Chicago Bulls are shouts through mega-phones in comparison, and in believability.
Never mind, it could be, as he suggests, one of the players already on the roster. In the FIBA Championships, Kevin Love played as well as anybody else (aside from a certain Kevin Durant), and his effectiveness on the boards was unparalleled. If he could take this form back into the NBA, and recreate it for more minutes, although he still has a few things he needs to work on (defense), Love could be the Wolves’ dominant player.
Alternatively, it could be Michael Beasley. Traded from the Miami Heat this summer to make room for Lebron James, Beasley arrived at the Timberwolves for a little more than nothing. Plagued by drug and Dwyane problems at Miami, away from the party scene and working in a team without egos, Beasley could finally show he was a wise draft-pick at number two in 2008.
Or, and this is what I think Kahn is not so secretly hoping, Ricky Rubio could finally join the Timberwolves in the future and be their star player, their go-to guy. Rubio’s rights were acquired in the 2009 ‘Year of the Point Guard’ NBA draft, but he has since continued his career in Spain, racking up assists for Barcelona. Comparisons between him and Pistol Pete are abundant.
Kahn has received a forests worth of stick for the Rubio pick, a year in which he also picked up point guards Jonny Flynn and Ty Lawson, and passed on Stephen Curry among others – although hindsight is 20/20. But it could still prove to be wise, Rubio certainly has the skill set and make-up to be a top player in the NBA, and he is still only 19, which is far below the average age of even the Timberwolves’ starting five.
Now Rubio may not want to move to Minnesota (although nothing he has said on record would give any indications that this isn’t the case), and if this is the scenario, then the trading for potential for Rubio is also very strong. It is also worth taking into account that if and when Rubio joins the Timberwolves, it is unlikely that a Ridnour-mentored Flynn (his words) – who will have been accustomed to at least two years of being the starting point guard – will be happy to sit on the bench. His rights would also then become a strong bargaining tool in helping Kahn bring in more quality on the court.
Then again, this is the Timberwolves, and we all know how they feel about point guards!