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Sam Smith: "Lebron Feeling Minnesota?"

I actually feel really badly about making a FanPost with this title. But that's the headline Smith uses at NBA.com. Here's the content:

LeBron feeling Minnesota?

-- So how would LeBron fit with the Minnesota Timberwolves? I know, I laughed, too. But then I was told it wasn’t such a funny idea, which suggests even more so that this recruitment of James is going to take even more forms than we imagined possible.

The talk is the Timberwolves intend to be very aggressive with their cap space and not accept some veteran or modest talent under the assumption no free agent would go there. As it was pointed out to me, Brett Favre went there because it was a better chance to win. And Favre left New York to go to Minnesota, whose sports teams, including the Twins, have a successful track record and supportive fan base.

The thinking goes like this: The Timberwolves have three firsts and seem willing to part with Al Jefferson, a post up inside player, or Kevin Love. Say Jefferson is in greater demand because he is a bigger scorer. They offer Jefferson and their three firsts, including No. 4, to Denver for Carmelo Anthony. Denver has an aging group with Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups and likely is headed down. Here’s a chance to recoup fast at a time they easily could lose Anthony in a year. So they get a potential star center and a top five pick to build a better core. And maybe pick up something for their veterans as they seem to have peaked. And Minnesota has Jonny Flynn, Love, Darko Milicic and Corey Brewer and goes for LeBron and even maybe works a sign and trade by getting Ricky Rubio to the Cavs and also LeBron out of the conference. Far fetched? Sure, but you never say never in the NBA, and perhaps more significantly, it suggests the bidding for James is hardly going to be among just the four or five teams who gutted their rosters for cap room.

Clearly, there isn't any really new, fresh information here. If anything, we're only serving to intensify the bidding war. It is a good point, however, that the Twin Cities, despite our climate, are well-known for being very supportive of our teams. Of course, as a whole, we are also quite fair-weathered (i.e. Vikings, Twins, Wolves), but at least people will come out if the team is good. Look at the Tampa Bay Rays in the MLB...not drawing anywhere near 30,000 fans per game despite having the 2nd best record in the league. Obviously, however unlikely the Anthony scenario is, its still much, much more likely than any scenario involving LeBron. It is great to see, however, that everyone is hearing how aggressive the Wolves are being, and that only helps our chances. Here's the link:

http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/smith_100621.html

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