Wolves have bargaining chips

Wolves have bargaining chips

There are 19 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 20, 2009, titled Wolves have bargaining chips. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The lottery is over, and the NBA draft is a little more than a month away. With the Timberwolves still looking for a new head of basketball operations, it's impossible to say what they will do with their three first-round selections on June 25, but this much is clear: They don't figure to just stand pat and pick.

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Keep the picks

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 20, 2009
If Taylor is serious about rebuilding this team he will keep all three first round picks. Trading for Hinrich who like Foye is a shooting guard stuck in a point guards body. Both are expendable. Last year we could have had Chalmers and blew it by trading away the pick. The odds of at least two of the three picks being at least serviceable is good. This team won't be in the playoff's next year regardless of what they do. They might as well audition the three rookies for the long term. Obviously we need help at the point and underneath. Its possible to fill those needs with the three picks with Evans, Mullins, and why not Collison in the first round.
trade some picks

Oklahoma City, OK

#2 May 20, 2009
wolves in a three way ?
clippers pick griffin #1.
griz pick thabeet #2.
clippers trade griffin to thunder.
wolves pick rubio #3.
clippers get get wolves 6th and 18th picks and thunders first round next season.
Blasphemer

United States

#3 May 21, 2009
They need to pick someone who they can trade for Aldrich next year.
piper

Muskogee, OK

#4 May 21, 2009
this franchise is cursed
Jolly Green

Warwick, NY

#5 May 21, 2009
#6 - best player available not named Harden.
Finding a way to package the other two 1st round picks into a pick in the teens to take Earl Clark would be great.
Hulk

La Crosse, WI

#6 May 21, 2009
You're joking right?

"package a couple of those first-round picks to trade for a veteran such as Chicago's Kirk Hinrich..."

Last years stat line: 9.9 PPG, 2.4 REB/G, 3.9 AST/G

Dumb ideas like this are exactly the reason why the Wolves have struggled over the years... continuously making one poor decision after another.

If you're going to package picks do so in order to obtain a 'proven' player/veteran, preferably one that's not half a step away from the rocking chair.

I think DeMar DeRozan would be a nice fit for the Wolves if he's still there at #6. Package maybe our first round (#18) and maybe a second round pick along with some of our existing dead weight players, and the Wolves might actually be on to some serious and legitimate rebuilding.
Cavs stoppers

United States

#7 May 21, 2009
Please tell me the Wolves brass watched the Orlando/Cleveland game last night. What the Wolves need is to get bigger, stronger, and more athletic gaurd play. Orlando with the exception of point gaurd has long and athletic guards and small forwards and it gave Cleveland fits all night long.....what happened to Lebron and the the Cavs sweeping their way to the finals for a Kobe/Lebron finals matchup?? Orlando is going to be a very tough match up for the Cavs and the only way I see the Cavs overcoming the Magic is if Lebron takes 40 plus shots a game and averages 50 plus a game. He tried to carry the team last night and cramped up in the fourth quarter due to excessive the work load.
Do us all a favor Wolves brass play close attention to that series and begin to model your team after Orlando's bigger more athletic team. I like the idea of trading for Hinrich, but we need to get bigger on the wings 6'4 is not going to cut it....
Wheelchair Charley

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 21, 2009
Cavs stoppers wrote:
Please tell me the Wolves brass watched the Orlando/Cleveland game last night. What the Wolves need is to get bigger, stronger, and more athletic gaurd play. Orlando with the exception of point gaurd has long and athletic guards and small forwards and it gave Cleveland fits all night long.....what happened to Lebron and the the Cavs sweeping their way to the finals for a Kobe/Lebron finals matchup?? Orlando is going to be a very tough match up for the Cavs and the only way I see the Cavs overcoming the Magic is if Lebron takes 40 plus shots a game and averages 50 plus a game. He tried to carry the team last night and cramped up in the fourth quarter due to excessive the work load.
Do us all a favor Wolves brass play close attention to that series and begin to model your team after Orlando's bigger more athletic team. I like the idea of trading for Hinrich, but we need to get bigger on the wings 6'4 is not going to cut it....
How about getting bigger at the center position?
scott

United States

#9 May 21, 2009
Take Jennings at six. His upside as a playmaker is very high. Trade the 18 and 28 up to grab Earl Clark. Brewer then becomes a defensive stopper. Next year they can hope to get Cole Aldrich.
Big D

Kent, WA

#10 May 21, 2009
Hulk wrote:
You're joking right?
"package a couple of those first-round picks to trade for a veteran such as Chicago's Kirk Hinrich..."
Last years stat line: 9.9 PPG, 2.4 REB/G, 3.9 AST/G
Dumb ideas like this are exactly the reason why the Wolves have struggled over the years... continuously making one poor decision after another.
If you're going to package picks do so in order to obtain a 'proven' player/veteran, preferably one that's not half a step away from the rocking chair.
I think DeMar DeRozan would be a nice fit for the Wolves if he's still there at #6. Package maybe our first round (#18) and maybe a second round pick along with some of our existing dead weight players, and the Wolves might actually be on to some serious and legitimate rebuilding.
How is that a bad idea?? Hello, DRose was the man in Chicago last year. Hinrich was had a huge reduced role, he is a solid point guard. There really isn't a ton of guaranteed talent aside from Griffin. Thabeet is soft, Rubio is overrated. If we don't trade for proven talent, we will probably waste our picks on guys like Henderson and Mullins, whom will prove to be busts. Go get proven talent and right this ship immediately.
the28game

Minneapolis, MN

#11 May 21, 2009
Please, for the love of God trade up and take Rubio! I don't feel like I even need to explain why...that's how big a no brainer it is for this team...
Cavs stoppers

United States

#12 May 21, 2009
I like the idea of taking a center but one could be had later in the draft or next year with Aldrich, what I really want to see is some bigger guards with a nasty streak...maybe a touch of thug to them...not Jr Rider type thug, but Carmelo Anthony & Kenyon Martin type thug....
Keep the picks

Los Angeles, CA

#13 May 21, 2009
This organization is riding a fine line with their fan base. Trading picks (unless moving up) is a very bad idea.
They need Harden or Holliday at #6, not DeRozan. I live in SoCal and DD's going to be a bust. I'd be very disappointed if they pick him.
I wouldn't trade expirings for Hinrich let alone a pick with it. That's horrible. I'd take Holliday, Maynor or Lawson in a heart beat over Hinrich.
There are some talented guys who may be available at #28.
Danny Green, Nick Calathes, Patty Mills, Nick Collison, Victor Claver, Sergio Llull, DeJaun Summers. That pick was part of the KG trade, we need something to show for it.
Keep the picks

Los Angeles, CA

#14 May 21, 2009
I meant Darren Collison (not Nick) lol
no to DeMar DeRozan

Los Angeles, CA

#15 May 21, 2009
I watched plenty of USC games out here in L.A. and DeMar DeRozan did little to merit being worthy of a lottery pick let alone a guy we should consider at pick #6.

DeMar is athletic but that means little when you have a poor handle, can't create your own shot, shoot off the dribble, or hit your jump shot with consistency. Plus he can't hit three's. He can dunk and he's good in transition, that is it. He's also not a "go to" or clutch player. He is slightly stronger, but has similar offensive weaknesses to our own Corey Brewer offensively.

Unlike Brewer, he's a poor defender and has a relatively low BBIQ. He was really hyped going into the season but did little here this season to impress me. I wouldn't touch him with any pick in the top 20. This kid has a high probability of becoming a bust.
Wheelchair Charley

Garfield, MN

#16 May 21, 2009
Cavs stoppers wrote:
I like the idea of taking a center but one could be had later in the draft or next year with Aldrich, what I really want to see is some bigger guards with a nasty streak...maybe a touch of thug to them...not Jr Rider type thug, but Carmelo Anthony & Kenyon Martin type thug....
I like centers, big tall tough centers...whats the down side of Hasheem Thabeet?
piper

Muskogee, OK

#17 May 21, 2009
It would be great to get Robio, but the odds seem long to me.
trade up

Oklahoma City, OK

#18 May 21, 2009
the28game wrote:
Please, for the love of God trade up and take Rubio! I don't feel like I even need to explain why...that's how big a no brainer it is for this team...
I say this in the second comment and say how it could be done and people give me nuts and clueless.
those folks just have no imagination.
johnny

Stamford, CT

#19 May 22, 2009
HI TIFFANY, WHATS UR INPUT ON THE MINNESOTO TIMBERWOLVES DRAFING IN 6TH PLACE.

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