Former Vice President of Basketball Operation Fred Hoiberg has opted to leave the Timberwolves’ organization to return to Iowa State — his alma mater — to take the head coaching position.
There hasn’t been a lot to cheer about in Ames of late, but Iowa State is banking on Hoiberg to resurrect the program and generate some much-needed buzz around a team that’s fallen to the bottom of the Big 12.
More on Hoiberg’s departure
Now, we move on to Al Jefferson:
Rumor has it that the Houston Rockets are interested in possibly trading for Wolves’ forward Al Jefferson.
Rahat Huq from the Truehoop’s Red94:
Dave Hardisty, founder of Houston Rockets message board Clutchfans.net, writing in his annual season recap, mentions Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Al Jefferson as a potential offseason trade target for the Houston Rockets.
While not Bosh, Jefferson would be an enticing addition. While the injury history is frightening, I have for some time considered Al to be the most offensively gifted center in basketball. The 25-year-old would immediately become option A in the Houston offense.
However, what I find most interesting was that Big Al has three years remaining on his contract, the same number as Kevin Martin. With the window on Yao Ming‘s prime closing, the Houston Rockets could set themselves up with a timely escape route in 2013.
If this is true, I’m a little skeptical about what we could get in return for Jefferson from the Rockets. Other than Chase Budinger, Luis Scola and draft picks, I’m not sure what else would really benefit the Wolves out of a deal like this. Even obtaining Budinger and Scola wouldn’t mean much for the Wolves in the present as neither player has star quality budding inside of them. At best, both are just solid role players on a possible championship contender.
More will come from this rumor later on in the summer but it is worth highlighting now just to prove how rumors will start to surface in a matter of a few weeks now.