As busy as I’ve been this summer I still find time to carouse the internet for random Wolves nuggets but for the last year I’ve failed to share them all with you. With that, I hope to start doing weekly Wolf Tracks again. So, without further adieu…
- Glen Taylor spoke out yesterday about multiple subjects, including Ricky Rubio’s recovery. Sounds like everything is going great and Ricky’s ahead of schedule, pegging him for a December return.
- Taylor also touched on the fluid state of the 2-guard this season. An injured Roy or an unexperienced Shved: Who’s the starter? ”Now the question will be Brandon Roy, who said he’s ready. We’ll see how he handles practices.”
- Finally, from the same article, Taylor says he thinks that Kahn is done with any impactful moves, contrary to what some believe after Kahn’s comments regarding making a move after the Olympics. “I think David (Kahn) will continue to check in with other teams, but my sense is he’s pretty well (done).”
- Check out this twitpic of Alexey Shved being congratulated on his bronze medal. Classic.
- According to Darren Wolfson’s tweet, the Wolves have interest in Joe Ingles, former teammate of Rubio for FC Barcelona. He’ll remain in Spain this season but may become free agent next summer.
- Also according to Doogie, the Wolves don’t have any interest in signing center Jerome Jordan.
- Many of you already had this conversation with me but Sam Amico reported that the Wolves and Cavs may be talking a big deal. Names include, but not limited to, Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and Anderson Varejao. General consensus has Wolves fans not in favor of this one.
- Wolves FastBreak Foundation is now accepting applications for 2012-2013 monthly grants. They have seven grants worth $5,000 a piece.
- Robbie Hummel dashed for Spain — and guaranteed playing time.
- Kevin Love’s ready to get back to work after the Olympics with the season just around the corner.
- Finally, I want to pay respects, once again, to the passing of Tim Allen. Never knew him personally but he sure made me want to with all his great coverage and unending passion for the Wolves. RIP.
Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus wrote an article for ESPN Insider that highlighted three solid trade ideas that have some ties to the upcoming draft. And while I still believe the Wolves will likely back out of the draft in hopes of finding veteran help via trade, Doolittle has other plans, completely contrary to my theory.
Doolittle offers the idea of trading Derrick Williams and the #18 pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for the #2 pick. What the ?!? Now it’s an exciting idea to many, including myself. Although I still think that a veteran is of more use to Adelman and next year’s roster, a skilled player from the top of a draft much better than last year’s would be nice. There are multiple options the Wolves could go for at #2 including Andre Drummond, the much-needed shot-blocking presence the Wolves need, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a pure gymrat with strong skills from the small forward position, or even Bradley Beal, a go-to scorer at the 2-guard.
Doolittle says that Beal would likely be the pick, and I can’t disagree with him. He’s likely the most NBA-ready guard in the entire draft and fills a huge need for the Wolves. After all, they’ve never had a serious starting shooting guard since Latrell Sprewell, and that was short-lived.
According to ESPN Insider:
According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Wolves have inquired about Von Wafer, “but his agent says other teams have shown more interest.”
“Wafer’s agent says his client is interested in Wolves because of his success with Rick Adelman in Houston,” added Zgoda.
Wafer played for the Celtics last season, contributing off the bench with just 3.2 ppg. Wafer is a big play kind of guy, who loves to take the big shot, if need be.
Having said that, the move would make sense for the Wolves. Wafer would cost little-to-nothing and would reunite with coach Rick Adelman after his stint with the Rockets in ’08-’09, where he averaged a career-high 9.7 ppg and 39 percent from beyond the arc. Shooting guard is the glaring weakness on the squad, so adding anyone would be beneficial before training camps commence.
The plans to renovate the Target Center moved one step closer to reality today when Minneapolis City officials discussed how both a Target Center renovation and a new Vikings Stadium could work out. Read the details here.
According to Jerry Zgoda, who covers the T-Wolves for the Star Tribune, Minnesota has no intention of drafting Kyrie Irving, should they win the first pick in the draft. (The actual quote from Zgoda is in the comments.)
I’m fairly certain the Wolves brass consider Rubio a better prospect than Irving and no matter what they might say should they somehow get the No. 1 pick, I’d expect them to fully try to trade the pick to the highest bidder.
Well. If this is the case, then thanks, David Kahn, for making our latest series of draft prospect breakdowns here at Howlin’ T-Wolf a little less useful. And of course, as the good people over at Canis Hoopus pointed out, is it EVER a good idea to trade the first pick in the draft? Especially when passing on a semi-sure thing like Kyrie Irving over a player who has yet to play a basketball game on American soil.
Far be it from me to question the mind of Kahn. Oh well.
According to ESPN, our very own Kevin Love has reportedly won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.
This practically assures he’s the team’s MVP and franchise player moving forward. Love led the league in rebounds with 15.2 rebounds a game and also scored 20.2 ppg.
Congrats, Kevin, on a great feat.
Remember back when an NBA referee, Bill Spooner, disclosed he was suing a local AP writer for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jon Krawczinski, for tweeting a defamatory remark regarding an incident involving a “make-up call” for head coach Kurt Rambis and his Timberwolves?
Flatter yourself and read this:
Professional basketball official Bill Spooner sued the news organization and reporter Jon Krawczynski (a story broken right here on the Business Journal’s Law Blog) last month after the beat writer wrote on his Twitter page that the ref promised Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis make-up points for a botched foul call during the Jan. 24 game against the Houston Rockets
Here’s the link to a terrific article on one Ricky Rubio. BIE goes through the phenomenon that was Rubio’s amazing ’09-’10 season, but also discusses his brief decline in ’10-’11. Is Rubio the best point guard in Europe? No, wait, let’s go one step further: Is Rubio even the best point guard in Spain at this point? Read and find out.
Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love has been upgraded to questionable for Minnesota’s game against Boston after improvement in his strained left groin.
Love participated in a light practice Saturday after missing Minnesota’s last two games. The Timberwolves host the Celtics on Sunday, and Love said if he wakes up feeling good he’ll “probably try to give it a go.” He said most of the pain is gone, but the muscle is still tight.
Love was hurt on March 16 against Utah. He played in two more games, but left in the second quarter against Sacramento last Sunday and missed games this week against Dallas and Oklahoma City.
In Love’s absence, newly acquired Anthony Randolph totaled 55 points and 26 rebounds in the last two games.
That last line just about sums it all up. Is it wrong to question the Wolves’ ability and winning chances without their superstar in the lineup? Maybe the Big Al vs. K-Love debate was a bit more heated than we all originally thought, because there’s something about this team with Anthony Randolph in that makes Kahn’s vision a bit more believable