Yesterday the Wolves waived Forward Josh Howard since he is now out the entire season. The wolves now only have one true SF in AK47, and only one SG in Shved. They can occasionally play Cunnigham/Williams at the 3, and Barea/Ridnour/Rubio at the 2. So the question is who do they bring in?
They need a player who can play and gaurd both positions, they don't have to be amazing, but at least a solid backup for AK. The wolves need to bring in someone so they don't overwork their early seaosn MVP.
Accoriding to ESPN the Wolves are bringing in former Wolf Lazar Hayward, who is a good bench guy, but I would prefer him to be deep on the bench. The Wolves have seen from him the ability to knock down the occasional mid range shot, and play hard. So as free agents go, he may be the best solution. It really is too bad about Howard, I feel he was a steal for the Wolves, and he was playing solid minutes. Other FAs would be Chris Douglas Roberts (not a fan), Michael Redd (old), or James Anderson who was recently waived by the Spurs.
Another option could be trade. An obvious canidate is Raja Bell, who is past his prime, and honestly no one knows what he has left. I can't even remember the last time I saw him play, but the Jazz may be willing to send him on his way for cheap. My second player would be JJ Redick. I know he isn't t the three MN needs, but his ability to hit open shots from just about anywhere is exactly what the Wolves are needing with Chase out.
What do you all think? What can the Wolves do?
CDR, easily. Clearly should be in the NBA and they have the room for him. Why don't you want him?
James Anderson would be adequate too because of his experience with an organisation like the Spurs and being a willing defender.
Shame for Josh Howard btw. First he does he left knee ACL now his right already! It's like the curse of the Blazers has followed Roy to Minnesota.
I'm just not sold on him, I honestly haven't gotten much time to see him play, so prehaps I'm not being fair. But he reminds me of Gerald Green during his first stint in the NBA; sounds and looks good at times, but just doesn't get it. But maybe that means his time out of the league has allowed him to mature as a professional and a player. But he is a very athletic player who can make fun plays and would benifit from Rubio once he is at full strength. If he is singed, I would still support it bacuse I trust the Coaching staff in MN, and they would think he can help them.
CDR is an excellent call, I wonder if they might look at a complimentary player from a likely lottery team and dangle a pick or even one of their PG's as those sort of teams might like extra draft options.
I know Orlando aren't doing too badly but a pick for JJ Reddick might appeal to them, another option could be Utah would they let Marvin Williams go for BRoy and maybe the chance to swap picks. If BRoy does not play his minutes then Utah would benefit from being able to waive him.
CDR might be ok.
I would look hard at James Anderson. I think it's smart to pick up the Spurs leftovers. Just look at how Luis Scola and Beno Udrih have turned out, and there are other serviceable guys like Ian Mahimni.
How about a young athlete from in the D-leagues? I don't have anyone in mind, but getting older guys who have probably lost a step probably isn't the way to go. Watching the Wolves last night I did catch myself thinking that Rubio needs a few more high fliers around him. Love and Pek are great players, but they don't create the passing lanes above the rim that a big jumper would and Rubio sees those lanes as he will throw lob passes for dunks from half court. AK47 can finish dunks and Williams can as well. But Williams really isn't very good and he probably shouldn't see much court time on a team that can play Love and AK47 at the four.
How does everyone feel about Delonte West? As a temporary fill-in at the two, I think he'd be quite serviceable. I'm assuming he hasn't been mentioned because he couldn't really be played at small forward, and that he has a been a bit of a locker room problem in the past, but I think he's shown himself to be better than CDR, James, Hayward, and the current versions of Bell and Redd.
How about Kenyan Martin? He overpriced himself out of the league,by saying he wanted a huge payday,when he became a free agent,nobody thought he was worth it..So maybe now he'll accept the minimum? He played well for the Clippers in the playoffs....
I don't see Martin as a necessary choice, because they have quite a bit of inside depth.
They have Pek and Stiemsma as inside guys, Love, Cunningham, and Amundson, who are primarily inside guys, and Williams and Kirilenko, who can play inside in small-ball lineups.
They were working out Lazar Hayward but I just don't see any upside to him. At least CDR would give them some reliable range and they need a shooter. I heard the Michael Redd rumor but they have had waaaaayyyy too many injuries to bring him in, might as well just give him his veterans minimum and waive him right now.
I'd like to see him back in the NBA too. He's nice now. Really good defender and his shot has come a long way.
Had to look up his stats, but he's shooting 60% from the floor and ~43-44 from 3, albeit on low volume.
The Wolves have enough shooting on the roster with Ridnour, Barea, Ak, Shved, all players who average to good shooters from the outside. Chris Douglas-Roberts could provide them with a guy who can consistently break down the defense from the wing on the weak side with his ability to put the ball on the floor and slash to the rim. The only issue in my eyes is CDR might not be the type of defensive player Minnesota is looking for. But he's young and a decent athlete so maybe with the right coaching CDR can become an adequate defender. Personally i love this move for them, but of course im no GM.
One other name sprang to mind - Michael Redd, he was useful for my team Phoenix in a supporting role last season when he was sound for the first time in about 3 seasons.He's a high calibre guy who would be a good locker room presence.
Chris Douglas Roberts is a guy that belongs in the League, I was shocked when the Lakers cut him, he's a proven scorer and he could defiantly help a team with some average play off the bench.