By selecting UCLA guard Zach LaVine and Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III, the Wolves got two very gifted athletes.
The one thing this draft tells us however, is that it's more than likely they'll trade Kevin Love. You don't select a project player like Zach LaVine with the intent of having him being an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to ending the playoff drought. At one time or another, we could very well look back at this draft and LaVine could be the "steal of the draft", however from most accounts it appears as though he's still a couple year's away.
The idea of a Rubio--LaVine backcourt is very tantalizing and would be a constant highlight reel, too. In addition to LaVine's incredible athletic skills, his ability to run in transition as well as his developing defensive game and his 6'9" wingspan are all positives for this young man. The fact that he's known as a 'gym rat' is also the kind of thing you like to hear about an up-and-coming 19-year-old. He still has a long way to go with his shooting touch and building himself an NBA body, but he has the potential to be something special in this League one day.
Robinson also addresses Saunders' desire for more athletic players. Son of 1994 #1 overall pick Glenn Robinson, GRIII is coming to Minnesota as the 40th overall pick from the University of Michigan. I think Robinson could be a legitimate "3 & D" player in this League. Whether his long-range shooting continues to develop, his biggest impact will likely come on the defensive end.
With another guard and another forward now on the roster, the Wolves currently have 14 players under contract: Rubio, Barea, LaVine, Martin, Shved, Budinger, Muhammad, Brewer, Mbah a Moute, Robinson, Love, Pekovic, Dieng & Turiaf.
It sounds as though the Wolves will push hard to trade J.J. Barea, Kevin Martin, Alexey Shved, etc. The Kevin Love trade is still hanging over the franchise, however there could be some definite movement on that front considering NBA Free Agency begins next week (July 1st).
It will be very interesting to see how the next month of the offseason goes. My bet is that the roster could look very different in a month's time.
We'll have more about LaVine & Robinson on their individual player pages found under the Player/Staff Info page under the Team Report tab. As per usual, thanks for reading HOWL and stay tuned!