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LA Wolves Fan

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jan 13, 2009
Why is McCants sitting the pine? What trades are in the works for him if any?
fracas

Tucson, AZ

#2 Jan 14, 2009
Geez LA, let me lay it out for you. McCants sits because he doesn't have any interest in defense, turns the ball over at an alarming rate, and thinks the offense is designed to get him an open 22 foot jump shot early in the shot clock. There are two given factors when watching the wolves offense. If the ball goes in to Big Al it isn't coming back out, and, if the ball swings over to McCants it isn't going any further.

As far as a trade, perhaps one will happen. McCants is a free agent after this season so I am not sure that he would bring much, if anything. It is too bad that the kid has such a screwed up head because he does have NBA talent.

Carney, as Powers states, is taking McCants minutes because he is working hard, playing tough defense, and getting his shots in the flow of the offense. The big mistake they made with Carney was not exercising the team option that they had on him for 2010. Now Carney will be a FA at the end of this season and we will have to pay up for him. I would think he would resign here because I think he must feel like he has finally found a home.

I get a kick out of all the talk, from McHale and others, about how we are getting cap space to sign FA's in 2010 and beyond. While me might get the occasional player to come, there is going to be no landslide of talent. Climate and taxes rule. Why come to Minny when you can play in a warm climate like Florida, California, Arizona, or Texas, or at least avoid the bitter cold by being in the northeast or the northwest? Why pay those steep Minnesota income taxes when you can play a lot of your games in tax-free Texas or Arizona? I see no "A level" free agents, who can go anywhere, seeking us out. The only guys who will be coming here will be guys who don't have a lot of options, and we will be forced to overpay even those guys to get them here.
Pnk

Mississauga, Canada

#3 Jan 14, 2009
Ive posted this before, trade him and booth for conley, 2 expiring contracts for a prospect. It seems that the griz are tired of conley so why not take the chance?
Someguy

Brainerd, MN

#4 Jan 14, 2009
I told you, love me the Carney! Would love to see him stick around and play with the wolves for years to come! Hey, my girlfriend is from Memphis and if she can handle the cold I'm sure Carney can too.
Freeze

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 14, 2009
Look i think we should trade booth and carney for someone thats hard working and a 2 gaurd we dont need anymore pgs we have 3 and foye4 is like a 2 and 1 so if we can get a 2 gaurd in a trade or free agency then we can begin to build are team here in minny look if we get McHale out of the M and and get someone in the M thats a GM that is willing to spend some money on some well groomed players.
"Freeze"
drizzle

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jan 15, 2009
The Wolves need to keep Carney. They've needed a consistent SG like him, and Foye has also emerged as a solid wing man. Now all the Timberwolves need is a good starting PG, and I think that is Telfair. He will struggle slightly, once again, this season. But he is making big progress. I can see Telfair emerging late this season or early next season as a reliable starting PG. The Timberwolves, to some, look like they need a couple more pieces before they can make a run for the playoffs in 09-10, but to me, they seem to have the pieces already in place. It's just a matter of securing those pieces. The Wolves need to keep Carney, Telfair, Foye, Jefferson, Love, Brewer, Smith, and Gomes. Miller would be a nice player to keep as well, but he needs to step up his game. He's been slacking off ever since he came to Minnesota... funny how that works.

The Wolves can acquire a decent player in this year's draft, as they have 4 first round draft picks. They obviously won't use all of the picks, but if they make the right moves, they could make a big splash on draft day (a trade for a top 3 pick??).

This team is going to be scary good in a season or two.

Keep up the great play T-Wolves, don't let any nay-sayers keep you down. You're a great team and you'll be making the playoffs in the very near future.
fracas

Tucson, AZ

#7 Jan 15, 2009
drizzle,

I think you are overly optimistic about Telfair as well as the wolves near term prospects.

Telfair can't shoot. Telfair also has trouble staying in front of other point guards, almost all of whom are quicker than Telfair. I think Telfair is an NBA player, but I think he is most likely destined to be a career backup. I would hope the wolves find a better PG somewhere in the draft, or via trade.

The wolves draft picks (other than their own) will be late round picks. Boston's pick will be late 20's. The pick we get from Miami is (I believe) top 10 protected, so it will either not occur this year, or will be late lottery, at best. As I recall, the remaining pick is originally Utah's, so it will be late in the round as well. There is the occasional pearl that surfaces beyond the lottery, but most NBA impact players are lottery picks. So, my point is that we may not get that much true help from these picks, and they will not have as much trade value as one might expect.

The wolves will probably steadily improve now that they have got rid of Wittman. I think the progress will be slow as long as they lack an impact point guard. Having Telfair at the point will only slow their progress.
TheMaster

United States

#8 Jan 15, 2009
fracas wrote:
drizzle,
I think you are overly optimistic about Telfair as well as the wolves near term prospects.
Telfair can't shoot. Telfair also has trouble staying in front of other point guards, almost all of whom are quicker than Telfair. I think Telfair is an NBA player, but I think he is most likely destined to be a career backup. I would hope the wolves find a better PG somewhere in the draft, or via trade.
The wolves draft picks (other than their own) will be late round picks. Boston's pick will be late 20's. The pick we get from Miami is (I believe) top 10 protected, so it will either not occur this year, or will be late lottery, at best. As I recall, the remaining pick is originally Utah's, so it will be late in the round as well. There is the occasional pearl that surfaces beyond the lottery, but most NBA impact players are lottery picks. So, my point is that we may not get that much true help from these picks, and they will not have as much trade value as one might expect.
The wolves will probably steadily improve now that they have got rid of Wittman. I think the progress will be slow as long as they lack an impact point guard. Having Telfair at the point will only slow their progress.
Agreed, the value of the so-called cachet of picks the T-Wolves have coming is limited at best. Your critique on Telfair is spot on. He is a player, but a backup to fill minutes only.
jab

Louisville, KY

#9 Jan 17, 2009
fracas and themaster
with all due respect, i used to think the same thing about telfair. however , it just isn't the case now. he is maturing. the article discusses carney and why the wolves are playing better. the fact is that the wolves have been playing better since telfair, for all intents and purposes, became the pg of the team, even before ollie got injured. he fits mchale's offense. he is still very young. i know kevin has a bad rap in minnesota, but mchale knows what he is doing.
Fritz

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jan 17, 2009
why are people hating on telfair. He has had only one or two bad games and remember billups was a slow developer as well. pg,pf and c are the positions that are going to take time to devlop as a pro.
Tiffany

United States

#11 Jan 21, 2009
hes the worst player on that team
Fritz

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jan 22, 2009
tiffany you really know nothing about basketball do you and have you even been watching the games lately. he has been getting double digit points and near 10 assists almost every game. the worst player on the team is probably one of the people not playing at all. Booth, collins, or maybe your precious mccants.
Tiffany

United States

#13 Jan 22, 2009
yes i do,and yes i have been watching games lately.and do you even know what player im talking about?and the coach really needs to play rashad,they need more defense on the floor,and rashad can give it to them
Fritz

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jan 23, 2009
rashad doesn't play defense that is why he is not playing that is why they got rid of gerald green last year because he didn't play defense. carney plays defense and is shooting well. and i know who you are talking about and you clearly don't watch the games because you wouldn't be saying telfair is bad if you were watching them.
Tiffany

United States

#15 Jan 23, 2009
i watch games.your not home wit me to see what i watch,and thats gerald,he has nothing to do wit rashad,their two different players,and sebastian should be playing like his cousin but he dont,thats why hes kind of rusty
Fritz

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 24, 2009
no their not two different players why do you think they were best friends when they both were here. and if you did watch then you would see that telfair if a great player
Tiffany

United States

#17 Jan 24, 2009
aight,i dint know they were best friends,but every time i watch a wolves game,sebastian dont do much,he gets like 10 points a game if not then less
Fritz

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jan 24, 2009
players are not going to score big points every game and the point guards duty is not to score a lot of points its to manage the game and make sure that the hot shooter is getting the ball. if you do that then you will win games and that is what the point guard is suppose to do. the shooting guard is suppose to score points.
Tiffany

United States

#19 Jan 24, 2009
some,well most players do,and sebastian dont,he is not the player to have the ball in the 4th quarter,he lay more bricks than a construction worker,he needs to step up his game
Fritz

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jan 25, 2009
what are you talking about he knocks down open jumpers and drives to the basket which gets him to the foul line.

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