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2012 NBA Offseason: Minnesota Timberwolves

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Minnesota Timberwolves (Last Year: 26-40)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

58. Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue: C- Grade
This is a feel good story after the two horrific knee injuries Hummel suffered at Purdue. I don't think he sticks in the NBA though, especially on a Timberwolves team that has a lot of depth at forward.

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Otavio 01-02-2014 08:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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If no deal is reached in the next 24hrs. the plreays will likely be forced to accept less. That won't happen so they'll probably dissolve the plreays' union so they can sue the owners. That would take awhile in court so you can kiss the whole season goodbye (and maybe next year too). Bring the pain! Let em fight! Take out Stern and then reshuffle some teams to larger markets that have shown long-term support only to lose their team forever. RIP SONICS! You think one missed season is bad? Try 3!
Emanuela 10-29-2012 09:03 am (total posts: 1)
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Nico 07-28-2012 10:47 am (total posts: 1)
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Quit drafting Europeans, they haven't done anything for us, and quit trading down we need those higher picks
David 07-02-2012 12:35 am (total posts: 1)
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Why do people think we need a Center
we have Pekovich who really took off last year

and with the 18th pick we got Buddinger
who fills a big hole at 2
who could we had picked at 18 to fill that enormous hole
Rubio 06-04-2012 08:02 am (total posts: 1)
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"I am not sure Williams is worth a max deal" and "before the Olympics." Walt, what are you talking about? Someone's been copy and pasting badly, sounds like you're talking about Deron Williams and the Nets.
Michael 05-22-2012 03:37 am (total posts: 1)
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Would like to see Twolves trade for Kevin Martin w/o giving up draft pick or Derrick Williams. Make it happen Kahn. That would be nice starting five:
PG: Rubio
SG: Kmart
SF: Dwill
PF: Love
C: Pek
shawnyboy 03-01-2012 05:30 pm (total posts: 2)
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they need to trade Michael Beasly for Brook Lopez.
Notch 12-01-2011 12:22 am (total posts: 1)
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You don't know how Brad Miller makes sense for Minnesota? Veteran with playoff experience who can give quality minutes with Love in the front court.
shawny boy 11-10-2011 05:41 pm (total posts: 2)
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t-wolves suck, GO lynx
Cameron 06-28-2011 11:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think that this is where the T'Wolves rebuild by taking a step even farther back. The draft next year looks good, especially if they can pick up a center at the top of the lottery next year. I think the T'Wolves can play with Love/Beasley/Williams/Johnson, but it will be tough. They have to have those four on the court. And with Ricky Rubio, you have no idea what you're getting and they traded Johnny Flynn away so its either make it or break it with Rubio. If they break it, Rubio gets replaced by a point guard next year in the lottery and the T'Wolves will just NEVER have a center.
Grant 06-27-2011 12:05 am (total posts: 1)
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I'm seriously sick of the Timberwolves ownership and draft decisions.. Why don't we ever draft players that we can use NOW!! I'm only 25 for one more year, why make me wait till im 26 to see what we've got in the draft. All of our picks suck big ones for exception of Derrick Williams. Why do we draft so many freakin europeans. They dont do anything for us. This year will suck just as much as last year.. why didnt we get that Faried beast from Morehead State. We NEED a big man down low and we passed on him and the next team grabbed him. I was so pissed. Im just dissapointed overall and give Walter credit for his grades. I agree to the fullest.. There should'nt be risks in the NBA draft and we seemed to be risky on everything
P10neers97 06-26-2011 10:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think you are spot on with this grading of the timberwolves. Why did they trade Jonny Flynn for a first rounder next year, they will only get better if they get older and more experienced. If they keep adding rookies and removing players with a couple years of experience they will always have a top ten pick. Flynn had very little experience. I think a player reaches most of his potiental in his third year, so a wasted pick for the wolves. Khan should have picked Enes Kanter at two becuase that was the only position they needed a player at. They have Love at 4, Beasley and Johnson at the 3, Rubio, Flynn, and Ridnour at point, and Johnson or one of the points at shooting guard. But they could have an ok team if they play big, somewhat. Rubio "6 foot 4" at point, Johnson "6 foot 6" at shooting guard, Derrick Williams at 3, Michael Beasley at 4, and K Love at center. Love is a bit small for a 5 but the other positions are good size and the guards have nice height. Hopefully they make the playoffs this year.
Corey 06-25-2011 05:05 am (total posts: 2)
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Sorry 57
Corey 06-25-2011 05:03 am (total posts: 2)
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Wasn't Ngombo drafted by Dallas at number 58?
mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:49 am (total posts: 1)
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When Belichick trades down during a weak NFL draft he's a genius. When Kahn trades down during a weak NBA draft he's a fool...

2011-12 Season Summary:
For the eighth straight season, the Minnesota Timberwolves missed out on the postseason. Had it not been for a season-ending injury to rookie phenom Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves would have been in the thick of the playoff race. With the Spanish Sensation running the show, Minnesota was 21-20. After his injury, the team ended up losing 15 of its final 20 games.

Needless to say, Rubio lived up to the hype and was in Rookie of the Year conversations prior to his injury. Second-overall pick Derrick Williams finished with mixed reviews as head coach Rick Adelman struggled to find a consistent role for the combo forward due to a plethora of bodies at forward.

Kevin Love cashed in on a max contract extension and then proved to be worth the money by continuing his march towards being one of the most least talked about stars in the league. Love finished fourth in the NBA in scoring (26 ppg) and second in rebounding (13.3 rpg) before a concussion cut his season short.

Nikola Pekovic also made a major leap in the middle, more than doubling his scoring and rebounding numbers from his rookie campaign. He, too, was plagued by injuries throughout the year, but suddenly, Minnesota has an intriguing frontcourt of the future with Pekovic and Love.

The rest of roster was underwhelming to say the least. Luke Ridnour, marquee free agent signing J.J. Barea, and Michael Beasley all played well at times, but proved to be major liabilities on the defensive end. Wesley Johnson and Anthony Randolph remain underwhelming, underachieving talents, while guys like Wayne Ellington, Darko Millicic, Anthony Tolliver, and Martell Webster plugged in at their respective spots. However, they don't appear to be vital pieces for the future.

Still, optimism surrounds the Timberwolves' franchise for the first time in a while. Some of general manager David Kahn's often criticized moves are finally starting to pay dividends while other are still very much deserving of ridicule. If 2011-2012 is any indication of the future, a full season with a healthy core of Rubio, Love, Pekovic, and a talented Williams - if Adelman can figure out the proper way to utilize him - should have Minnesota knocking on the playoff door next year.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Nikola Pekovic/Darko Milicic

PF: Kevin Love/Derrick Williams/*Anthony Randolph

SF: Wesley Johnson/*Michael Beasley/Chase Budinger/#Martell Webster

SG: Luke Ridnour/Wayne Ellington/Malcolm Lee

PG: Ricky Rubio/J.J. Barea

NBA Free Agents:

*F-Michael Beasley (RFA)

*PF-Anthony Randolph (RFA)

#SF-Martell Webster (TO)

PF-Anthony Tolliver (UFA)

Offseason Transactions:

The Timberwolves acquire G/F Chase Budinger andthe draft rights to Lior Eliyahu from the Rockets for the 18th pick in 2012 NBA Draft.

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $48.7 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Shooting Guard: Wesley Johnson simply has not panned out and has nothing to show why he should be a starter in the league. Minnesota has tried to plug in guys like Martell Webster, Wayne Ellington, and Luke Ridnour at the two, but they haven't exactly worked out either. The Timberwolves will likely target a shooting guard with the 18th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but if they can't find someone they like there, the team should look elsewhere for an upgrade.

I am not sure Williams is worth a max deal, but if that's what it takes to re-sign him, Minnesota might have to open up its checkbook. Expect Williams to make a decision on his future prior to the start of the Olympics, since he doesn't want to be playing in London without a contract in case he gets injured representing Team USA.

2. Extend Pekovic: Nikola Pekovic came from practically out of nowhere to become one of the league's most improved players and emerge as a legitimate NBA center; something the team sorely needed to allow Kevin Love to spend more time playing his natural power forward position. Pekovic is entering the final year of his contract and seeing how Kahn didn't hesitate to re-sign Darko Milicic a couple of offseasons ago, Kahn should try to lock up Pekovic to an extension before he hits the open market next summer. Let's just hope it's a reasonable deal and not some 4-year, $55 million monstrosity.

3. What to do with Restricted FA's: Kahn has a tough decision on what to do with restricted free agents Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph. Beas has a qualifying offer worth almost $8.2 million while the enigmatic Randolph's qualifying offer is for about four million dollars.

Neither guy is deserving of a long-term extension, but I don't think Kahn will just let them walk without trying to get something in return for their services. Ultimately, Minnesota has the right to match any contract either of them sign this offseason, so it will be interesting to see what ends up happening.

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