5 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Avoid Like the Plague

Sam Tastad@@samtastadCorrespondent IIIAugust 18, 2011

5 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Avoid Like the Plague

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    Ever since the Kevin Garnett trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been bad. They cannot seem to get a group of players together that work out with each other. The NBA is in a lockout right now and there are plenty of worthy free agents, and when the time comes they will have teams knocking on there doors.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves don't need any more washed up players that want second chances. Here are five players that the Timberwolves should avoid like the plague:

No. 1: J.R. Smith

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    J.R. Smith has floated among teams. He brings an electricity with him wherever he goes. Smith is a high flying guard with his dunks, but also can be a cancer to a team. Smith can be selfish with the ball and isn't a leader. Smith is just about wanting to be recognized.  

    The only thing that Smith needs is to get on a contender with a coach that will keep him in check, disciplined to play basketball and a contributor to the team.

    The Timberwolves are not that. Whoever the coach may be, this is not the right move. It's also not a right move for the players that the Timberwolves have.

No. 2: Greg Oden

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    Greg Oden, the former number one pick, has battled injuries and has never gotten it going in the NBA. Oden is now a free agent and is searching for a second chance—and he may want it with a new team. 

    The Timberwolves are not that team. Oden is a 7' center. The Timberwolves don't need another big guy. They have seven power forwards or centers on the team. This not even a question that David Kahn should consider. 

No. 3: Vince Carter

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    Vince Carter will want a lot of money. Carter used to be good, but now is at the end of his career. Carter, known for his crazy dunks, only averaged 14 points per game last season.

    Plus, Carter's defense has drastically gone away. A young Timberwolves team doesn't need someone who doesn't play defense and isn't really a leader anymore.

    Not to mention the Timberwolves already have too many big men.    

No. 4: Kwame Brown

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    Kwame Brown used to be a number one overall pick. Brown has career averages of 6.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. That's terrible for a former number one overall pick. Brown is not what the Timberwolves need. The Wolves already have a former lottery pick in Darko Millicic and have given him a second chance. 

    Don't do it Kahn. Save the money and invest it on younger players like Derrick Williams, who will be here much longer. 

No. 5: Jason Richardson

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    Jason Richardson is 30 and his game is on the decline. Orlando hoped he would provide a spark last season, but they exited the playoffs early. Richardson, too, is expected to want a lot of money.

    He's not worth it. Richardson only averaged 13.9 points per game last year. He doesn't really help teams anymore and his former magic three point touch has disappeared.

    The Timberwolves should just develop their young guards right now.