If they can get Utahs pick this year. Is there any chance they could package that pick with a player like Luke or Beasly if the resign him to move up and possibly get Jeremy Lamb or Brad Beal? I think that they should try and do that so the can try and draft a legit SG. And I don't know if they can get a free agent to come to MN without throwing way to much $, so the Draft is huge. And this years looks to be a great class.
I remember a few people said GMs were really trying to get Minnesota to overpay for a 2 guard because everyone in the league was starting to realize they were a shooting guard away from being a very good team and nobody really wanted to be the team that helped the Wolves get to the next level without them overpaying for it. It is obvious they need a good 2 guard so they do not have much leverage. But there is a decent chance Utah gets the 8th seed. So they would put the pick in the 16 or so range.
This draft is potentially loaded on the wings. MKG, Barnes, Beal, Lamb, Rivers, Wroten, Ross, Taylor etc.
I wouldnt be shocked to see one of those stud wings to drop after workouts push others up the board. If the Wolves can get a a guy like Terrence Ross in the mid first round or trade up and get Beal, that team changes alot in terms of potential long term.
They are a couple of solid wings away from being a legit top 6 seed in the West and everybody knows it.
what team would do this trade though?
If the T Wolves end up getting the pick then I think Jeremy Lamb and Brad Beal will be gone by then. Same with Austin Rivers.
They have their rising superstar in Kevin Love with a nice core around him with Rubio, Pek, and Derrick Williams. Beasley is good too, especially if they can figure out how to play him with D-Will and Love. Wes Johnson isn't a great scorer or shooter but he seems to be playing the Sefalosha/Deshawn Stevenson role for them. A bigger guard who can defend and play tough and hit an occassional shot. ... Webster and Ellington can hit outside shot so I don't think they really have to go after a shooter here.
They are locked in at point guard with Rubio starting and Ridnour and Barea coming off the bench. They might actually go with the best available player. What they might need is a wing player who can create and get his own shot. Rubio is great but he is not a scorer. Derrick Williams is good but he is not a guy who can create a bunch of offense for himself.
I think Tony Wroten might be the pick then. It would be a risk, but the T Wolves really lack a wing player who can get his own shot. He might be a little ball dominant but having him in the backcourt would take pressure off of Rubio to score. Supposedly not a great outside shooter, but Love and Williams are good so they might just be a team that really needs an athletic, slashing scorer who can handle the ball.
With a scoring/slashing/passing wing player at the 2 guard the T Wolves will have every position. Then Wes Johnson can play a good backup role as a Sefolosha-type 2 guard or some backup small forward. Ellington and Webster will be shooters off the bench.
... other than that they could use a talented backup big man with some athleticism to backup Love and Pek. John Henson might fit but he might not be there. Same with Terrence Jones. Tolliver is a solid backup but the Darko Experiment is not going to well. Fab Melo would deserve a look too then. He's a big, athletic guy who can go out and defend and block some shots.
The T Wolves have enough pieces and a great young core with no huge pressing needs. Bigger, non-scoring 2 guards are the new thing and Wes Johnson is good at that. Plus, you still have Ellington and Martell Webster. No use going after a shooter who might be marginally more talented.
Tony Wroten would be a gamble but he would give them another scorer and really open up the offense.
PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Tony Wroten
SF: Derrick Williams
PF: Kevin Love
PG: Luke Ridnour/JJ Barea
SG: Wes Johnson/Wayne Ellington
SF: Michael Beasley/Martell Webster
PF: Anthony Tolliver
Wroten can also play some point guard so they could go with a quicker, more talented lineup of Wroten, Wes Johnson, Beasley, Williams and Love to give Rubio and Pek a rest.
He would give them another legit wing scorer to go along with Beasley and Williams. Combine that with Rubio at point, perimeter scoring with JJ Barea and Ridnour, inside scoring with Love and Pek, and shooters in Ellington and Webster this team would be loaded and versatile. ... They could use some help on the bench at the 4/5 spot but they might be able to get a guy at 59 who can provide some front court depth. Maybe Yancy Gates would be good... or Quincy Acy if he falls.
Or they could draft Wroten and trade Anthony Randolph for the reserve big man that they need. Maybe Fab Melo to play the 5 or Plumlee to play the 4.
But I think they need to go with the best guy available who can score and create from the 2 guard spot instead of a backup power foward or center who wouldn't play that much.
Wroten and Rubio really would struggle playing at the same time. There would literally be no space to operate because teams would sag off of them. Love would be the only consistent shooter on the floor.
As much as I like Wroten, I could see him taking a Tyreke Evans type jump up draft boards during workouts. Hes going to dominate everybody in the 1 on 1 stuff and his upside is huge. Because of that I could see somebody like Lamb or Ross dropping. Both would be perfect for the wolves. They need a shooter that can consistenly knock down those skip passes that Rubio sends to the corner on high pick n rolls or when hes probing the baseline. You can never have enough shooting
I could see the wolves drafting a PF/SF Royce White/Kevin Jones then signing Randy Foye during free agency... hahaa.. haa.. ha... Oh no...
Wroten? No that wouldn't work in any way at all. The wolves need a legit jumpshooter from range in teh backcourt, which incidentally Ellington has really looked like the answer the last couple games.
Terrence Ross would be a great addition. He doesn't need the ball to be effective (played with a very ball dependent Tony Wroten all year) and would be an awesome spot up shooter collecting passes from Rubio and spreading the floor with Love, Beasley and Williams..
Wroten would be an awful fit for the Wolves. Rubio needs the ball to be effective in creating for others, and Wroten's ball dominance would hurt the overall chemistry they've built this year. I like Terrence Ross or Doron Lamb in the mid first-20's range should the Wolves end up there.