Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hold Onto Your Hats, Timberwolves fans

We've already seen one big trade rumor floated and then busted (Al Jefferson + #6 Draft pick for Amar'e Stoudemire). We didn't think that one made a whole lot of sense--as Garwood B. Jones said to me, "That can't be for real; Amar'e doesn't want to be here, and he's a similar player to Jefferson, just older. That's a bad trade." The folks at Ball Don't Lie might not agree, but we win the day, simply because of the very first point Garwood makes--Amar'e would play here for a year, and then opt out in 2010, while Al seems quite happy in Minnesota, and is under lock and key for the next 4 years.

Thankfully, that rumor has already been quashed. But Jerry Zgoda, the Star Trib's Timberwolves beat writer says to expect a very busy week heading into the the draft. He's looked into Kahn's eyes, and he sees a sharky dealmaker type.

It’s already clear the Kahn is very much concerned about a player’s value, his salary and how it fits into the big picture with the cap. He really is focused on managing the cap.

That’s why I think Mike Miller definitely will be traded by draft night and why Randy Foye likely will be as well. I’m betting Kahn is looking ahead to Foye’s next contract and saying to himself what it will cost to re-sign Foye is beyond his worth...

Expect Kahn to try to use Miller or Foye and the team’s additional draft picks to try and get another top 10 pick in addition to their No. 6 pick so they can get UConn center Hasheem Thabeet, a true shot-blocker.

I'll tell you what--if Kahn can successfully blow up the franchise and rebuild on the basis of Thabeet and Jefferson sharing the paint, I'll be most impressed.

1 comment:

Success said...

It would have been a curious move, somewhat of a lateral trade.

Amare to NY still alive for 2010 :)