Adding Talent: What the Missing Piece Is for the Timberwolves

Ethan WeiserCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

Surely, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been building this team up for something to happen. This 7-24 team isn't going to stay with the same roster forever. In fact, in the upcoming off-season, the roster will look like this:

Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, Wayne Ellington, Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes, Ryan Hollins, and Ramon Sessions.

Not bad, but could be a lot better.

At the Wolves current pace, they will have at least a top five draft pick (if the first three picks are seeded to other teams, New Jersey will get No.4, Wolves No.5). Add that to the imaginary roster.

The Wolves will also have around $13-15 Million in cap room depending on draft picks and what not. That's a decent sized contract, not enough for LeBron or Wade, but maybe they can draft a Joe Johnson, followed by sign a Joe Johnson.

I'll tell you what they really need: Rudy Gay.

The Wolves have the potential to look like the Lakers, with one breakout player, a solid backup to him, then some starting talent, and a bad bench. But they may have a lot more success looking like the Bulls.

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Say they draft a really solid rookie SG and sign Gay.

C - Al Jefferson

PF - Kevin Love

SF - Rudy Gay

SG - Draft Pick

PG - Jonny Flynn

6 - Ramon Sessions

7 - Corey Brewer

8 - Wayne Ellington

9 - Ryan Gomes

10 - Ryan Hollins

I'd pick them to win over the Bulls.

One of the biggest issues on the team is what to do with Corey Brewer. He's having a breakout season averaging 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a block and a half per game. Not All-Star numbers, but some pretty good play.

Despite his new found scoring, he'll always be seen as a defender.

Put him on the bench with Wayne (the scorer), and you have a very dynamic bench. Especially when the others on it are Ramon and the Ryans. Granted, Ramon probably won't be a Wolf for his entire four-year contract, but if he is, we'll have one of the top benches in the league for four years.

However, signing a Dwayne may mean more minutes for Brewer.

Brewer would be a great backup to any great SG, if he plays alongside them. He can score if you give him an open shot and with the right guard on the team, he'll always have an open shot. He's on my list for the NBA All-Defensive team. He's a well rounded player, provided there are other players around him.

However, the Wolves can see a much more upgraded starting lineup this off-season, if they sign a Joe Johnson, or a Rudy Gay. All they have to do is draft a top five wing player and they'll be fine. 

The question is, will Kahn do it, or is there a completely different plan in mind?


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