Minnesota’s off-season began less than a week ago, so naturally we can commence our complaints about David Kahn’s roster decisions and indecisions.
According to two of the best Timberwolves beat writers, Jerry Zgoda and Jon Krawczynski, Kahn turned down Philadelphia on a draft day deal last year that would have sent Martell Webster to the Sixers and brought Andre Iguodala to the Wolves.
From Zgoda’s end of the year chat:
Somebody told me they could have had Iggy for Martell [Webster] basically on draft day last year but refused to accept Iggy’s $45M left on his contract.
Yes, you read that right. It’s possible that the Wolves could have trotted out Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and Andre Iguodala THIS YEAR. It’s hard to imagine why Philadelphia would want to make the deal for just Webster, but it’s possible, since this was around draft day, that Minnesota was offering a draft pick as well.
If these reports are true, David Kahn made yet another terrible decision. Before Rubio went down, the only thing truly holding Minnesota back from solid playoff contention was their perimeter play. Andre Iguodala is a very good player from both the shooting guard and small forward position, and he is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. He fits the biggest hole on Minnesota’s roster and apparently, he could have been ours for just the small price of Martell Webster.
Zgoda points out a little later in his response that Kahn might reconsider trading for Iguodala now that his contract is a more manageable two year deal, but that’s hardly the point. The point is that David Kahn apparently had a real opportunity to make the Wolves a considerably more dangerous team this year, and he passed on it.