NBA Rumors:Andre Iguodala and 5 Veteran Additions for the Minnesota Timberwolves

John BurkeContributor IJune 27, 2011

NBA Rumors:Andre Iguodala and 5 Veteran Additions for the Minnesota Timberwolves

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    It is no secret the Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team. 

    Unfortunately, being young clearly doesn't translate into victories. While the Wolves have a solid base of talent, they are still looking for a few pieces to put it all together.

    A veteran shooting guard/small forward combo and a veteran center would help the team immeasurably. 

    Both on the floor and in the locker room, a wise vet can provide the leadership the Wolves need to win more than 20 games in a season.

    Here are five guys the Wolves should look at this offseason!

1. Andre Iguodala

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    Seven-year veteran Andre Iguodala could be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Wolves.

    A versatile player, Iguodala can play either guard or forward, depending on the situation. Over his career, Iggy has averaged 15.6 ppg and nearly five assists.

    More importantly, Iggy is a very good defensive player. While drafting Derrick Williams may have improved the defensive outlook a bit, the Wolves will still take all the help they can get.

2. Nene

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    The Wolves need help at center, and they need help fast.

    Darko Milicic is not the guy you want to see as your team's starting center. Newly acquired Brad Miller doesn't exactly fit the team's needs, either. 

    Nene, on the other hand, does. 

    The 6'11'' center out of Brazil has soft hands around the rim, and can step out and knock down the 15-17-foot jumper. In essence, Nene is everything Milicic is not. 

    More importantly for the Wolves, Nene is a more than capable defender. He is a very athletic big man, allowing him to jump ball handlers on the pick and rolls and then step back and cover another big. 

3. Jason Richardson

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    Admittedly, the Wolves are pretty packed at the small forward/shooting guard positions. That does not make Jason Richardson any less intriguing. 

    J-Rich is a very athletic swingman with a solid outside shot. Unlike many current Wolves, Richardson has the ability to create his own shot. His three-point range, coupled with his ability to attack the basket, make him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the league. 

    And while he is not the greatest defender, Richardson sports some quick hands. This allows him to grab some steals, blocks and defensive rebounding. He would definitely be an improvement over some of the current players taking up a roster spot. 

4. Marcin Gortat

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    It was rumored the Wolves were trying to acquire Gortat around the draft. If they had been able to, I would be all for it.

    Gortat is a very athletic and active player on defense. While Kevin Love is a fantastic offensive player, his defense is lacking.

    Gortat could step up for Love and take some pressure off of the rest of the team.

    While it would be difficult to grab Gortat since the Suns seem unwilling to trade him, he would be a great pickup for the Wolves.

5. Greg Oden

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    Greg Oden would be, without a doubt, a monster risk. 

    But honestly, what do the Wolves have to lose?

    They truly cannot get much worse.

    Oden is a huge guy. At 7 feet, 285 pounds, Oden has shown he is capable of creating space and knocking around players in the post. 

    His defensive is also above average, which could help the Wolves tremendously. 

    As I said, Oden would be a huge risk to take on. But if he finally gets healthy, he could be a great player for the Wolves for a few years.

    And if he doesn't get healthy?

    Well, at least us Wolves fans could say Kahn tried to make the team better.