If Monday night's win against the Rockets showed us anything, it's that the Timberwolves would look REALLY good with a legitimate and consistent third option. It all depends on who the third option is, but as an example if we had Kevin Martin on our team now we'd be no worse than the third or fourth seed in the West. We're that close. I'm well aware that some fans believe this already, but given the current contract situation of Kevin Love it is important for us to make a move sooner rather than later. And as much potential as Derrick Williams might have, it is imperative that we move him for a capable scoring threat.
Some might suggest that a third option already exists on our roster. For instance, when Beasley is on and relatively efficient the Wolves will be extremely tough to beat. But it's difficult to imagine him suddenly becoming a consistent player. And some talk about the development of Williams, but I'm not sure that he will be the answer we're looking for. So far he's shown the ability to use a quick first step to get by some defenders, but unless he has a clear path to the basket things get ugly pretty quickly. As far as his jumper, it will probably improve but will it be enough for him to be a consistent difference maker?
That is why I'm hoping the Timberwolves front office is seriously looking at trading almost anything other than Love and Rubio for a "relatively" young third amigo. I'm not sure who they can get, but the idea of waiting to see if Williams develops is frightening. I don't want to give him away for nothing but I'm worried that if he doesn't begin to play better by the end of the year that his trade value will take a hit, and given that he is by far our most tradeable asset that is concerning. We should be looking to deal him AND Beasley (who has some value as an expiring contract) for a proven player. The last time we hit the floor we showed what we can do when another player can work with Love and Rubio. Instead of being passive and waiting to see what develops, I'm hoping that the front office is aggressive and finds that guy.