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A Wolves Plan

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A Wolves Plan

Let me start out by saying I think the Wolves are in win now mode somewhat. Despite all the posts, K Love is not leaving, ushering in Garnett rebuild 6.0. Here are the changes I would try.

1. Trade for Afflalo before the draft. I know they have been linked to Mayo as well, but I can't see Glen Taylor outbidding anyone. I was hoping Williams and their second 1st might get it done, but they might have to go for a protected 1st next year if Clippers are willing to trade Bledsoe for Afflalo. Either Afflalo or Mayo provide them efficiency and proven 3 point accuracy

2. Draft Cody Zeller. I love Pek and Love, but they are injury prone and a little scary. I put 20 games missed between them as an estimate. Zeller gives them something different as the backup for PF and C, plus he is a huge upgrade as emergency starter. He brings a willingness to run and is a useful pick and pop guy. Rubio's ability to fit the ball in will make his life easier. I know Zeller may not be there, but getting an established sg let's them go bpa and not reach for the best sg left at 9.

3. Depending on roster needs, look at either Matt Barnes, Kenyon Martin, or Chris Anderson. This team is way too nice. They could use the attitude and somebody who plays chippy. JJ Barea shouldn't be your tough guy.

4. Keep as many free agents as they can. I think Pek is the big question for what number he gets. If Kahn was a real GM, he would have tried to go OKC and sign Pek early. I think Budinger is a winning player if he is back completely healthy. AK is the odd man out once they need to resign Rubio, but the ball is in his court this year. AK is worth 10 mil if he gives 82 games.

I think a Golden State type run is not out of the question depending on how the roster is put together. Love is going to try to destroy people on offense and we'll see what Rubio does with an off season where he doesn't have to rehab.


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1. A scoring 2 guard is what they need. Another player who can put the ball on the floor and make baskets. Mayo is able to do that.

2. If they're able to get Afflalo, look for them to draft Shabazz or a 2/3 player (see no 1 reason)

3. They need some enforcers.

4. AK a 32 year old for 10Mil? Joe Johnson is that you?

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I can personally guarantee

I can personally guarantee that AK does not give 82 games next year and at 32 I don't know if he's worth it even if he can. I would love for the Wolves to do whatever they gotta do (Williams and the #9) to get McLemore. I think in the right situation he could be a star, and Minnesota is the perfect situation playing with Rubio. I understand the "win now" idea, but I feel like people overlook the fact that Rubio and Love are only 22 and 24. I would love to see them get a player like McLemore that could develop and grow with Love and Rubio over the next 5 years. Afflalo is a real solid SG and a huge improvement from what we got now, but I feel like he's reached his ceiling. McLemore is a special athlete that should be a knockdown shooter, couldn't think of a better player than that to pair with Rubio. Then you're pretty set on the wing with B Mac and AK starting and Bud and Shved coming off the bench. They could use one more big wing off the bench that can shoot it and could pick up Rice Jr., Ennis, D. Thomas, Southerland,Bullock with one of our 2nds. That leaves us the 26th pick to get a big that will come off the bench. A rim protector would be nice since K Love and Pek both leave a lot to be desired on the defensive end. Dieng would be ideal, but prolly won't be there. A guy like Withey is probably more realistic, but even Withey could come in, contribute right away and give this team something they really need.

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I don't hate the idea of

I don't hate the idea of Williams and #9 for #1 to get B Mac. I see that as overpaying because they have tanked Williams value. But, sometimes you have to overpay. My only issue is I truly believe that they need a high level backup for Pek and Love. I like Dieng for the second pick, but are either him or Withey much different from Stiemsma?

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It would be overpaying for

It would be overpaying for him, but I just don't see D-Will and Love be able to both play to their full potential on the same team, so I think they should try to move him now. I guess it would come down to the fact I'd rather try to get someone like McLemore, who I think has a ton of potential especially if you put him with a playmaker like Rubio, compared to a veteran like Henderson or Afflalo. I just don't see those guys getting much better, although you never know how they would do playing with Rubio. Honestly, I really like KCP and would be fine with them staying at 9 and taking him and using D-Will to get a solid veteran big to come off the bench. With that being said I think Dieng and Withey will be MUCH better than Greg Stiemsma in the NBA. Besides having good size and length (which allows him to block some shots) Stiemsma is not good. He played 10 mins/game and averaged 2.7 pts/game in college for a reason, he's bad. I see Withey and Dieng at least being able to contribute something on the offensive end and being as good or better on D.

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If I were Minnesota, I'd look

If I were Minnesota, I'd look at getting Gerald Henderson from the Bobcats if you can take him on a reasonable contract. Henderson is seriously underrated in terms of skill-set because he lacks the fire to dominate games, but he's perfectly suited to a back-up role alongside a playmaking PG like Rubio. He's an underrated defender, extremely athletic player who's been learning how to move off the ball from Jordan himself.

I think Henderson is a better option than Mayo or the other guys you mentioned because he'll be more affordable and knows how to play within a team concept thanks to his Coach K education.

Depending on what the Bobcats do in the draft (Oladipo, Bazz or McLemore) they could be looking to move Henderson to make room for the rebuild and give more PT to the rookies.

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I like the idea of henderson,

I like the idea of henderson, he is a solid fifth starter, if they resign pek and budinger, probably not Kirilenko then draft shabazz or KCP then dieng or withy they will have a team with pretty good depth

PG- rubio ridnour, shved, berea
SG- henderson, shabazz or KCP, shved
SF- budinger, shabazz or KCP, williams
PF love, williams, cunningham
C- pekovic, withy or dieng, stiemsma

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Kirilenko

It is not up to the Wolves whether AK 47 comes back. It is AK's option, not the teams.

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AK 47

If Kirelenko is healthy the way he plays defense he's well worth the 10 million per season. He guards up to 3 players at once with his length and the way he hustles.

Basketball is much easier for Wolves when he's in the game... if they lose him it will be a huge loss.

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agree with almost

agree with almost everything...

Henderson would be cheaper and afflalo is a little bit overpaid but he brings great D and shooting ability and reasonable size for a sg (more than jj barea). kirilenko brings size at sf and the shot blocking ability you need when your paint is love / pekovic. Zeller would be a nice addition as he can contribute right away and still developped his game. He's an underrated athlete and has the bball IQ to play for Adelman with rubio. he could develop into a brad miller kind of player.

minnesota should try to get rid of barea / williams (they don't want him and are ruining his value) while still tradable and let ridnour be the backup pg with shved as the backup creative sg. Buddinger has to be kept and maybe put him in competition with barnes.

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I haven't seen a lot of

I haven't seen a lot of Henderson. Is his 3 pt form better than his numbers suggest? I'm just worried that between Rubio and AK, the SG needs to help stretch the floor. The reasoning for Afflalo and Mayo is their percentages are consistently around 40% for three. Plus, you could argue between Rubio, Pek, and Love defenses will give up easier shots than they have ever seen.

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Henderson lacks range, you

Henderson lacks range, you need a long range guy next to Rubio since Rubio isn't a strong jump shooter himself.

Barea is good for the T'Wolves, he's by far the fastest and quickest guy on the team and best scorer off the bench.

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1. Keep AK47 healthy and make

1. Keep AK47 healthy and make sure he resigns
2. Keep Love healthy and make sure he plays 60+ games
3. Keep Rubio healthy and make sure he plays 60+ games

Wolves have a lot of talent and depth in their roster, it's just very injury prone. If they stay healthy, their chances of making the playoffs are strong.

They should trade down for Olapido or McLemore, they need an athletic SG next to Rubio.

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