My apologies from the start as I realise it's a bit early for this sort of thing. As the Timberwolves are rarely a playoff caliber team, this time of year I get all excited thinking about the combinations of possible draft-able players and free agents with the hope of a better next year. I was reading this trash over on RealGM and it got me thinking....
Let's say Hell as we know it has frozen over and the Timberwolves secure the rights to draft #1 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. If you are *not* named David Kahn, you realise that you have a certain All-Star player on your roster that, even though he was brought in by the previous regime, you would like to see stick around for a while. Knowing full well that drafting players is not your strong suite, do you accept the path well traveled and draft a Kyrie Irving, or do you look to make a move? Do you call Sam Presti down in OKC and offer said #1 pick and one Mike Beasley for Russell Westbrook and perhaps Cole Aldrich and/or a future first rounder? Would that be giving up too much, or does Presti just hang up and send an email about it to his buddies for a laugh?
Considering the recent 'LeBroning' Cleveland endured coupled with how Denver was 'Melo'd this year _and_ the speculation that D12 and CP3 are on their way to the Lakers, Knicks, or Charlotte to play under MJ, (or, wherever) does a POBO try to strike early? If we were to make a play for KLove's college roommate (and good friend), and send OKC Durant's childhood buddy along with, presumably, the right to draft Irving, would Presti bite? If anyone can get the most out of Beastley, it should be a Durant and Perkins sandwich (right?).
Just think about it for a minute. Get past the shock, and let it soak in.
Kahn has shown an ability to make fairly decent trades, and has failed miserably in the talent evaluation necessary for drafting players (ahem, basketball players). Westbrook isn't exactly a veteran presence, but he isn't some 19 year old unproven rookie either. He does have playoff experience. Also, Westbrook's athleticism should allow him to play significant minutes at the 2 if and when Mr. Rubio decides he wants to play in the NBA. I don't mean to throw a monkey wrench between Kyrie Irving's eyebrows or anything, but I'm intrigued by the thought. Granted, it does hinge on obtaining the #1 pick, or perhaps the #2 pick behind Washington...coupled with perhaps an OKC let down in the 'doggone playoff'. Hmmm... I did say hell had frozen over didn't I?
So, CHers, what excites you more for next season, Irving or Westbrook?