The next missing piece in the T-Wolves' championship puzzle is...BONZI WELLS?! Apparently he got signed for a camp contract today. I know it doesn't guarantee he'll be on the team, but come on! First, signing JJ Barea made zero sense given their ungodly logjam at PG, then adding Bonzi to the epic logjam at SF and PF?
Why hasn't there been any talks to try and clear up the Randolph/Beasley/Williams situation? I'm sure they could a quality SG for any of those. Maybe offer Beasley for OJ Mayo?
It's an absolute miracle that the Wolves convinced Rick Adelman to come to MN, because as a GM, Kahn is a hilariously epic fail. Might even be worse than McFail himself.
**get a quality SG**
I like the idea of mayo in minny next to rubio.... it could work against randolph (but beasley seems to be another possiblity)
Actually the JJ signing was extremely worse I dunno what JJ was thinking going from the Champs to the Duds. But I saw the Bonzi Wells signing coming awhile ago, Bonzi is apparently in tremendous shape and has been playing overseas the last couple of years. The reason they signed Bonzi was not to take minutes away from B Easy or Wes but to mentor all the young guys. Bonzi has grown leaps and bounds from his younger days in the league and wants to leave the league on his own terms not because "nobody wants you anymore." So I'm actually rooting for Wells.
And the Wolves don't necessarily need a 2guard with Wes Johnson who can and will be playing 2 for them. Wes will play good defense and space the floor on offense and he's a better facilitator then giving credit for. But something needs to give with the Beasly/Williams situation. If Love was only an inch taller and could play center legitimitly then this could work but as it stands their 3 best players are 6'9 power forwards go figure.
jj signing made sense cuz it brings a winning mentallity and hes good with the ball in his hands as maybe somewhat of there designated closer. no one wants to see a jj and kevin love pick and roll in a close game, much more effective then a rubio(lack of jumpshot) or ridinour(had too many turnovers last year) pick and roll and hes unafraid of the moment
I liked the Barea pickup. He is a fierce competitor and should spark this squad. Love, Beasley, Randolph, Rubio, Wes...etc. all these guys seem pretty laid back. Barea is a pitbull out on the floor. The wolves need a player with that level of enthusiasm and tenacity. He is aggressive but plays under control. Seems like a great kid too.
Look I like jj barea but unless they think Ricky Rubio can guard 2s, it's not a great signing. He is a very good player but y'all are over rating him based on him beating average point guards in the playoffs. He can make any team better but why have him on a bad team? He doesn't make them better.
Actually Rubio is 6'5 with long arms and guarded many two's in Europe which might actually be a little harder considering how many screens a player runs off before he gets a pass. And with JJ and Bonzi the Wolves have 2 experienced and playoff tested vets to tutor the young guys.
Don't forget this is Rick Adelmans team now and Wells had his best years for Adelman. The Sota pick in the CP3 trade to me has been overrated because I'm willing to bet my bottom buck it comes nowhere near the 1 pick. That Sota pick is going to be closer to the 10th pick then the 1st pick. The Cavs, Hornets, Raptors, Bucks, Bobcats, Kings, Jazz, Wizards, Nets, Pistons, and the Warriors all have either less talent or worse coach then the Wolves now have and could all potentially finish with worse records.
Adelman HATES Bozi wells he benched him for more than half the season with the kings I forget the reason. Then right when he became the coach for the Rockets traded him right away. The team was against that trade even T - Mac didnt approve of it since he was one the big reason why the Rockets was doing so well that year.
I agree with 99 % of what you just posted,...And why do people keep insisting The Wolves trade Beasley, he's a great young player and will be a Top 10 1 on 1 scorer...I'd love to see the Wolves add OJ Mayo, I've always had them taking a Huge chance on getting Him and would agree a Deal for Mayo should be very possible without offering up Rubio,Beasley,Williams,Love or Randolph...Wes Johnson and Pekovic plus future picks should be enough to get a deal done...The Wolves are not as deep at Pg as people claim, Barea is a combo guard and will play more off guard than pure point...I think Rubio has the ability to make this team very exiting, I've always seen him in a Jason Williams type of role as fast pace PG...Rubio has the perfect coach for his play style...I envision them using a 4 guard rotation of Rubio-Johnson-Ridnour-Barea...Rubio=J.Will, Wes Johnson=Doug Christie, Barea=Bobby Jackson...
Yep, micilic is divac and brad miller is...brad miller.
Calm down a little bit please, and don't be cocky with other teams when u're a wolves fan, that's not very serious.
You won 32 games in the last 2 seasons combined, finishing the season with 15 consecutive losses, and the first win of this season could very well be against the cavs in january...
Finishing behind the cavs D-leaguers and their 26 str8 losses, it was a heck of an accomplishment.
I know Rubio has size but can you imaging him trying to guard kobe, wade, Gordon, iguodala, ray Allen, or any other just solid sg? But I guess we all know minny won't be great defensively.
He's just NOT an SG. I watched a ton of their games last year, and they always struggle with him at the 2. He can defend the 2, but he's totally dependent on others to create opportunities for him. They desperately need an SG who can create some space and offense for himself and others.
@mamadou since you're new here I'll let you slide but 19134 is my zip code and I am a proud and life long Philadelphia resident who is a homer, ergo the Sixers are my team. However since I am such a huge basketball junkie I have subjective interest in other teams especially teams as interesting as the Wolves.
And Rick Adelman does not hate Bonzi Wells, yes Wells was a hothead during his career and it led to a falling out but Rick Adelman is the only reason Wells is being giving a shot with the Wolves because Wells played under Adelman with both the Kings and the Rockets he knows his system and after Wells reached out to Adelman for one last chance it's obvious that Wells is in training camp that Adelman is giving him that chance.
And I'm not gonna lie that spiel about the 12 other teams being in a worse spot then the Wolves I actually stole from ESPN's Bill Simmons who said it first in his article the Chris Paul NBA Hostage Crisis which you can read here:http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7348176/the-eighth-day-nba-christmas
I thought Bill Simmons made such a great point about the Wolves pick being overrated in the Paul trade that I decided to mention it again.
@Scarecrow your player comparisons were dead on and it becomes easy to tell that all the Wolves latest moves have Adelman written all over it.
@joecheck88 you just named some of best one on one players in the world who can seriously guard Kobe one on one anyway? And I never said Rubio would be a great defender I was just pointing out that he has experience guarding the 2guard position therefore you can expect him to be checking the other players 2's when JJ is on the court alongside.
@FireKahn most catch and shoot 2guards aren't great at creating for others if they can even do it at all. This doesn't mean they aren't shooting guards because Wes Johnson matches the first criteria for shooting guards and that's being able to shoot. If all goes as planned Wes should hit for over 40% of his 3's this year which will space the floor Beasley and Williams. And hopefully Rubio will be the one creating most of the shot opportunites for that team.
Many of the Wolves problems last season were due to the inability to score in the 4th quarter and that was the reason Barea was brought to Minnesota. Barea creates as many mismatches for the opponent as he will for the Wolves. Barea will play just as much shooting guard as he will the point. FireKahn would you want the Rockets problems right now that McHale is now part of or are you going to 2 keep whining about a general manager who has completely upgraded a roster that McHale decimated? For a Wolves fan you sure are ignorant about about their past, present and future.
Wes is capable of being an elite defender of 2s and 3s in the league. Again the problem is his offense and awareness at this point. He is trying to be a straight shooter when his game should be built around slashing and attacking the basket with his athleticism. He is a decent shooter, but far from great. He needs to use his tools better and put himself in the right position to succeed. He likes to hang around the perimeter and wait for an open J, but he's gotta be more aggressive at getting inside and drawing fouls.
Wes Johnson will be a different player immediately with Adelman as coach or he'll be out the door before his value plummets. Rambis' coaching did Wes no favors in his developement so I would expect that he would be a favorite player for Adelman to work with seeing his improvement would be directly related to the Wolves improvement as a whole.
then adding Bonzi to the epic logjam at SF and PF?
u realize bonzi wells is a 6'5 shooting gaurd right???
Rick Adelman already assigned Derrick Williams to only playing PF.
So probably Micheal Beasly will control the 3 spot. also Wesly Johnson is better at the 3 . And if Beasly proves he is a max contract player. He will have too be traded. Cause Kevin Love is already gonna get a Max Contract .
lol beasley and max contract in the same sentence..