Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Timberwolves get Final Pieces of the Puzzle

Not really, of course, but a pretty painless manuever executed on the sidelines of the big Elton Brand free agency signing should help the Wolves down the line.

The Wolves gave up their 2.8 Million buckaroo trade exception in return for a couple of low-pay, low-expectation players off the Philly Bench, with Philly still paying most of their salaries. (If that sounds odd, it kind of is, but par for the course when dealing with the eccentricities of the NBA player management rules).

Wolves get Calvin Booth, who sadly, may be one of the best 7 footers (aside from Garnett) that the team has had in the past 5 years or so and Rodney Carney, who McHale really seems to like, telling reporters, "He's a first-rounder. We liked him out of Memphis. He's one of those high-wire act guys. He can really run the wing."

Ummm...OK. No big deal either way, because the Wolves also picked up another 1st round pick, that has some protection to it, but not enough for it to never come to fruition. They gave up a 2010 second round pick that has crazy protection to it (the Wolves will have to be awfully, awfully good in 2010), and will never actually be used by Philly.

Back in October 2007, McHale, on the heels of dealing Ricky Davis and Mark Blount, said, "We have some other stuff that we're probably going to do inside this deal." We were scared. Just like we were scared when he said it in June. But the big finale in October ended up being getting rid of an unhappy (just traded for in June) Juwan Howard, and getting the roster down to 15, and getting Al Jefferson signed.

So we are not as frightened as we might normally be when we note that after this most recent deal, McHale is saying again, "I don't think we're done,''--which is totally fine, because we really don't have much left to trade away. I mean we trade newly acquired Calvin Booth for a 2nd round pick, maybe?

So, go ahead, McHale--keep dealing. Maybe we can get something for Kevin Love; if you pull that off, I'll honestly and truly tip my cap. (Of course, there's no chance of that, as McHale has been touching himself whilst thinking about some Kevin McHale-Love Love

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