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2013 Minnesota Timberwolves

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Minnesota Timberwolves (Last Year: 31-51)

2012-13 Season Summary:
The Minnesota Timberwolves were sexy sleeper playoff picks in the Western Conference during preseason predictions, but once again fell short and the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. A huge reason for that was due to all the injuries up and down the roster.

The Timberwolves began at a disadvantage since Ricky Rubio was still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL that forced him to miss the first month and half of the season. It only got worse as Kevin Love was unable to shake a nagging knee injury and had season-ending surgery which sidelined him for 64 games. Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger were acquired in the offseason to provide some scoring punch on the wing, but Roy couldn't shake his ongoing injuries and only appeared in five games. Meanwhile, Budinger suffered a knee injury six games into the season and was limited to 23 games of action. On top of that, Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko each missed significant time as well.

As a result, Minnesota was left grasping at straws especially on the wing where they tried, but failed, to find replacements by signing Mickael Gelabale, Josh Howard, and even former first-round pick Lazar Hayward. Derrick Williams finally got his chance to play starter minutes at power forward, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. With all of this going on, the Timberwolves failed to take a step in the right direction and actually regressed.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: *Nikola Pekovic/#Greg Stiemsma

PF: Kevin Love/Derrick Williams/#Dante Cunningham

SF: #Andrei Kirilenko

SG: Luke Ridnour/Alexey Shved/Malcolm Lee

PG: Ricky Rubio/J.J. Barea

NBA Free Agents:

*C-Nikola Pekovic (RFA)

#SF-Andrei Kirilenko (TO)

#PF-Dante Cunningham (TO)

#C-Greg Stiemsma (TO)

SG-Brandon Roy (UFA)

SF-Chase Budinger (UFA)

SF-Mickael Gelabale (UFA)

C-Chris Johnson (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $59.4 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Pay Pek?: Pekovic is about to get paid this summer and receive a hefty raise from the $4.6 million he made this past season. Since he is a restricted free agent, Minnesota does have the right to match any offer sheet Pekovic signs this summer. Any deal will likely cost at least $12 million per year since big men are always in demand in the NBA (i.e. Roy Hibbert and Brook Lopez getting max deals last summer.) I would be very surprised if the Timberolves didn't re-sign Pekovic and just let him walk without getting something in return.

2. Get AK47 to Stay: Kirilenko has a player option for this upcoming season worth $10.2 million. At 32 years old, he might choose to opt out in hopes of signing one final, long-term deal and have the opportunity to play for a contender. Kirilenko's versatility was very valuable to the Timberwolves this past season, and if he opts out and doesn't re-sign with them, finding a small forward will become a pressing need for the new front office team. Quite frankly, I don't think the franchise can afford to re-sign both Kirilenko and Pekovic to monster deals, so Kirilenko would be the more likely to walk.

3. Shooting Guard: Minnesota hasn't had a true answer at the shooting guard position for a few years (the Brandon Roy experiment didn't exactly work out, huh?) and once again enters the offseason with this being a hole in their lineup. The team really runs four point guards in its two backcourt positions, but adding a true shooting guard with prototypical size and the ability to knock down shots is sorely needed. The Timberwolves finished dead last in the league in three-point percentage this year by a WIDE margin. (Minnesota shot 30.5 percent, second worst was Orlando at 32.9%)

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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...

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