Stick with me here, this is my first major post on CH, love the site, and I have been a huge Wolves fan since the days before KG's name was called with the 5th overall pick in 1995.
Been hearing lots of draft talk around the CH water cooler lately, but not much on the free agents available in the summer of 2011...
So this is where Pats steps in for some fun info/ possible targets for this upcoming off-season.
Team Free Agents
Not much here, we are set to lose Sebastian Telfair and his shoot first, shoot second and "whats a pass?" attitude, as an unrestricted free agent.
More Expensive Names on the Market
Unrestricted name players out there include Glen Davis (Boston), Caron Butler (Dallas), Kenyon Martin (Denver), Tracy McGrady and Tayshaun Prince (Detroit), Yao Ming (Houston), T.J. Ford (Indiana), Zach Randolph (Memphis), Michael Redd (Milwaukee), Jason Richardson (Orlando), Grant Hill (Phoenix), Samuel Dalembert (Sacramento), AK47 (Utah), and Josh Howard (Washington).
2011 is looking to be a very weak unrestricted free agent market, and to the Timberpuppies none of the above look like additions that would fit into the current mold. Unless of course Michael Redd takes a lower contract for a season or two to prove his health. A couple of interesting UFA's include Carl Landry (NO), Kris Humphries (NJ), Ike Diogu (LAC) and JR Smith (Denver).
Restricted Free Agents on the Market
The restricted free agent market is where things get mighty interesting... Tons of young talent that would be fitting to this team, however there are a couple that stick out as better fits then others.
Greg Oden (Portland) - Injury prone and hyper talented, a true man among men if he can stay healthy. Played only 21 games in 09-10 but averaged 11.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.3 bpg in only 23.9 minutes per game. If healthy could be dominating, would be a huge risk, and could be available because of his health issues.
Arron Afflalo (Denver)- Defensive stopper, averaging 12.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg in 34.7 mpg with a 50.1 fg% and shooting 42.9 % from 3. A CH poster favorite, he has picked it up in his last 10 games with 15.9/5.5/2.6 line. Wold likely take a rather large offer to peel from the Nugs.
DeAndre Jordan (LAC)- Another RFA thrown around CH alot, averages 6.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.7 bpg in 25.8 mpg. Still very raw on the offensive end, very solid on the glass and a good defender, he has shown improvement in each of his 3 seasons in the NBA.
Marc Gasol (Memphis)- Younger brother of Pau, another strong center on the RFA market, having a small regression in 10-11 with 11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg with 52.1 fg% in 32.5 mpg, compared to 09-10 where he posted 14.6/9.3/58.1% in 35.8 mpg. Unlikely that Memphis would not match a contract offer on Gasol.
Aaron Brooks (Phoenix)- Very fast, solid scorer has had attitude issues and a down year in 10-11. Averages 10.9 ppg, 3.7 asg, 35.5 fg% and 29.3% from 3 in 22.5 mpg. In 09-10, had an All-star caliber season with a 19.6/5.3/43.2%/39.8% line in 35.6 mpg. Risky signing due to attitude issues, and which Brooks would the Wolves be getting?
Nick Young (Washington)- Scorer, but not much else. Not necessarily a lack of defense, just a lack of want to play defense. Averages 17.9 ppg with 44.7 fg% and 40.1% from 3 in 32.1 mpg. Would fill a high usage scorer role, but gives up points by the boatload to opposition.
The Wolves could definitely use a high usage scoring 2 guard and a defensive minded center. Alot of moves ride on the plan of Ricky Rubio, where we land in the draft and any possible trades in the offseason. All those moves aside, who would you like to see is those sweet black Minnesota unis next season? And how much much would you be willing to sign these player for?