Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Going into next season, I think it's pretty safe to say, that the Wolves have three starting spots set. Ricky Rubio will start at point guard, Kevin Love at power forward and Nikola Pekovic at center. That leaves the wing positions open. Currently the Wolves are starting Martell Webster & Wesley Johnson at the 'two' and 'three'. I pray it's safe to say that they aren't the answer heading into the future.
The President of Basketball Operations David Kahn and Head Coach Rick Adelman are well aware the roster desperately needs to be upgraded and Rick Adelman feels that his trio of young talent (Rubio, Love, Pekovic) can help to land some of this offseason's top free agents.
Kevin Love says he knows that people see something special brewing in Minnesota and there's going to be free agents that want to be a part of that. Like so many other superstars, he says he'll definitely be lobbying for the Wolves.
Rick Adelman told the Star Tribune: "When you look at Kevin and at Ricky and their style that we're going to play, it's going to be good. I think people will look at it. We have some pieces people would like to play with. I mean, this team was pretty good not long ago and let's face it, guys like to get paid. So if you can pay 'em and you have some people around? There are some positives here."
The Timberwolves can have a good amount of cap room this summer if: they don't make qualifying offers to Michael Beasley & Anthony Randolph, waive Martell Webster (his $5.71 million next season is a team option), Brad Miller retires and the Wolves amnesty Darko Milicic. Anthony Tolliver will be an unrestricted free agent, but there's a good chance the Wolves bring him back and it won't cost them much.
If all else fails the Wolves will be looking to makes some trades. One name we've heard come up time and time again since Rick Adelman was hired? Kevin Martin.
Martin has been out for the Rockets since March 11th with a shoulder injury and there is a chance that he just might've played his last game in Houston. K-Mart has one-year and $12.43 million left on his contract and it even sounds like he doesn't want to be with Houston, next year.
"I think it's a gift just to play in the NBA. Let's just leave it at that. I'm really not even thinking about that right now. I'm trying to get into the summer healthy, work on my game and keep improving. We'll see what happens through the summer, what conversations will be held, what's the best thing to do for both sides. Time will tell."
Clearly the Wolves got next to no production from their wing players this season (Luke Ridnour did a fairly good job when teamed with Rubio in the backcourt for 30-some games. The Timberwolves' head coach Rick Adelman has ties with Martin with his years in both Sacramento & Houston. Word is Adelman may look to land the shooting guard in a trade this summer.
Time will tell, that's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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