After several seasons of misery and failure, the Minnesota Timberwolves might have a very exciting team to watch this year, and possibly one that can challenge for a playoff spot.
All-Star Kevin Love and the resurgent Michael Beasley remain on the roster, and this offseason brings several intriguing pieces to the table.
Derrick Williams, the former Arizona Wildcat and No. 2 overall pick in last summer's draft, signed his rookie contract and will be a huge addition to the Wolves right from the start of the season.
The flashy Ricky Rubio has made his way to Minnesota and will be the point guard of this athletic group. The Timberwolves also recently signed J.J. Barea, who will be a spark off the bench and bring a veteran presence to this young team.
What is seriously lacking on this team is a true shooting guard.
Wesley Johnson has worked on his ball-handling skills throughout the lockout, but who knows how far he's come along in that area.
That and Johnson's lack of ability to create his own shot are negatives to his game, and contribute to why he's not a perfect fit at the off guard position.
Martell Webster has another issue with his back and is expected to miss time because of it. Webster wasn't the best option at the two either, but without him, Minnesota's depth isn't up to par.
In an attempt to better their starting lineup, and the team, the Timberwolves should trade for Houston Rocket's shooting guard Kevin Martin.
Martin has quietly been a top 10 player at his position the last several years. Not only do die-hard NBA fans know this, current Wolves head coach Rick Adelman knows it as well.
With Adelman's son R.J. making personnel moves in the Wolves front office, acquiring Martin from the Rockets seems like a logical move.
Martin would give Minnesota an efficient yet lethal scorer in the backcourt to pair with the pass-first Rubio.
It would also bring a veteran player that has played in Adelman's system on two different teams (Sacramento and Houston).
A proposed deal headlined by Wesley Johnson or Michael Beasley plus Nikola Pekovic and a first round pick should be enough to land Martin.
What may keep this trade from happening is David Kahn's reluctance to trade away one of his young players. That and the possibility of the Wolves signing Jamal Crawford in free agency.
Either way, Minnesota could certainly use an upgrade at shooting guard and Martin would be just that.
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