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T-Wolves re-sign Brian Cardinal?

I'll keep it short n simple...

Why?


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After dropping 13 of their

After dropping 13 of their last 13 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves knew it was time to make a change. So they're bringing in the big guns, and likely re-signing two-time MVP Brian Cardinal for the home stretch.

The Wolves are just 28 games out of the final playoff spot in the West, meaning that Cardinal's services are as vital as ever. He averaged an impressive 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds per game this year in 27 contests for the Wolves until he was included in a trade that brought in former All-Star Darko Milicic.

Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson were firmly opposed to the move, implying that it was unfair and disrupts the competitive equity of the game. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, modified for the sake of specifics and accuracy (and Brian Cardinal):

"They're going to get [Cardinal] back and it's going to be one of those scenarios that we see in the NBA where you ship a player out, you get another player, then your player retires or they pay him off and then he comes back in 30 days," Jackson said. "I don't know what that does for the league. I think that's kind of a weird situation."

Rivers agreed with Jackson, even though the loophole has helped his team in the past.

"I have a problem with that," Rivers said before Thursday's Lakers-Celtics game at Staples Center. "I loved it three years ago when we did it with Gary Payton if you remember, but now I think it sucks. I think it's a terrible deal."

Rivers and the Celtics traded Payton to Atlanta in March 2005 for Antoine Walker and Payton returned to Boston after being waived by the Hawks.

"I actually do have a problem with that though. We did it, and I'm joking, but I do think [it's a problem]," Rivers said. "I don't know what you do [maybe] just not allow them to go back to the same team or whatever. ... I do think that will be changed eventually, but I do have a problem with it."

There's no official word from the NBA office concerning plans to change the rules in light of Cardinal-gate. In order to clear a roster spot, the Wolves will be waiving Alando Tucker, who, let's face it, is no Brian Cardinal.

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/wolves-make-roster-moves-...

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M DYMES, high quality stuff.

M DYMES, high quality stuff.

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He is a veteran guy and good

He is a veteran guy and good locker room vet to have around because he rarely plays anyway

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He is a veteran guy and good

He is a veteran guy and good locker room vet to have around because he rarely plays anyway

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Why did they waived tucker ?

Why did they waived tucker ? They had a roster spot since they waived Mark Blount.

They "traded for" Tucker (even if it was a suns salary dump deal, they could have got Devin Brown from NOLA) and they never really give him PT.

Cardinal won't play a lot, just here for experience and chemistry. Is it worth it to sign him just for that ? It won't change a lot on the Wolves last spot in west and second to last overall (thanks to the worst team in nba history : the 2009-2010 Nets). They should take him as assistant coach or something in the staff if it's only for that.

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2nd worst team in the league

They are going to make sure they become the second worst team in the league by picking up Cardinal. Cardinal will be out on the floor as a starting being the play maker do it all for the wolves to lose. Do you remember Mark Madsen? Going maddness shooting tons of 3's a few years back?

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The Janitor is back!!! I

The Janitor is back!!! I can't help but have some affinity for a balding player nicknamed "the Janitor". But he is a vet and a smart player, I like the initial article it almost sounded like something from the Onion, lol

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The Brians

Brian Cardinal and Brian Scalabrine prove almost anyone can make it in the NBA. The last time I checked, Brian Cardinal's annual salary with Minnesota before this resigning was an incredible $6.3 million per year. He's earned close to $30 million in a ten year career.

There's another thread where we're debating whether or not the players should stand firm with the new CBA. I think Brian Cardinal is proof that the current system is weighted far too heavily in favor of the players - LOL. If he can make that kind of money with zero talent, the players have to rethink their position.

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I think 0 talent is a bit of

I think 0 talent is a bit of an exaggeration. Cardinal has had a better career than a lot of lottery picks. Remeber Cardianal was part of that 2000 NBA draft class, you don't see Marcus Fizer, Chris Mihm, and Jerome Moiso getting signed right now so he evidently did something right. I think Brian Cardinal has proved that if you are 6'8'' and willing to work hard and do the dirty work an NBA team will have room for you. He is an easy guy to joke around about, but there are a lot of players who can't say they've averaged 5.4 points for a 10 year NBA career and he did so with very little athleticism and physical gifts.

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JoeWolf1 on Brian Cardinal

Joe, those were fair comments about his work ethic, but let me do a bit of math. You say he scored 5.4 ppg in his career and his salary is $6.3 million this year. If my calculations are correct, that comes to approximately 0.85 points per million dollars. I'm sorry Joe but I have to LOL!

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Yeah, I didn't say anything

Yeah, I didn't say anything about his salary, 6.3 million a year is high for him. I know he played quite a few minutes for Golden State a few years ago, do you know if he signed that deal after his stint there? I think the vet minimum is about 1 million a year, but you are right Cardinal must have an awesome agent to get a deal like that.

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Salaries for the Brians

Joe I don't know when or how he obtained that massive salary, but it's obviously far more than he's worth. As for Brian Scalabrine, his salary this season is $3.4 million. He's averaging 1.5 ppg game; someone else can do the math on his salary vs his ppg ratio. Just like Cardinal, I'm guessing it's below 1.

I think it's safe to say that NBA basketball players are doing extremely well financially and would be crazy to go on strike or try to portray themselves as victims of cheap owners.

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