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Short and long term fix for the Wolves

I really liked vjl110's idea of creating a realistic, step by step, offseason blue print for fixing our favorite team's roster. Below the jump I will go into detail about what I think David Khan, and the wolves should do this offseason.

June 28th:

Trade Derrick Williams and #18 to Phoenix for Jared Dudley and #13. This trade is pretty much salary cap neutral as Derrick Williams makes 400k more than Dudley, the difference between pick #13 and #18 should offset this difference. According to the trade machine this trade increases the wolves projected wins by 4. Also Dudley is the perfect fit next to our core of Rubio, Love and Pek because he is an above average perimeter jump shooter and an above average wing defender. Moving on to the draft. With the #13 pick I would take Myers Leonard, the center from Illinois. More than likely Leonard wouldn’t contribute anything to the team next season. However, he has the potential to be a perfect compliment next to Love and Pek as he is a legitimate seven footer who is also pretty athletic. Finally with the #58 pick I would take Bernard James, from Florida State. Even though he is old for a college player at 27 years old he is a physical, athletic post defender that would fit nicely next to our starting posts.

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via www.celticstown.com

June 29th:

Do not pick up Brad Miller or Martell Webster. As everyone here probably already knows Brad Miller is going to retire to be on an outdoors show. As for Webster, even though he was the best wing on the team last year (that’s not saying much by the way) I think the Wolves would be better served using their cap space elsewhere.

June 30th:

Do not extend Michael Beasley or Anthony Randolph. Even though both players have shown flashes of brilliance in their brief tenure as Minnesota Timberwolves, it has become quite evident that they will not be a part of the Wolves future.

July 11th:

  • Amnesty Darko Milicic. No point in discussing this one, the Wolves would be best served cutting their losses and getting Darko as far away as possible from Minneapolis.
  • Sign Lou Williams for five years and around 40 million. I think Lou Williams would be a nice fit next Rubio and Dudley in our backcourt as he is another solid perimeter defender. Where his real role on the team would be is driving to the rim and actually finishing (I’m looking at you Ricky).
  • Next I would sign Alexey Shved, the shooting guard from Russia, to the three year 10 million dollar contract he is reportedly seeking. Shved would be a good fit on our roster because he would add another solid ball handler, which Adelman reportedly wants.
  • I would then sign Hamed Haddadi, the Memphis Grizzlies backup center, to a two year 5 million dollar contract. Haddadi is a solid defensive center who would be used to back up Pek until Myers Leonard is ready to step into that role.
  • Finally I would resign Anthony Tolliver to a two year 5 million dollar contract in hopes that he can return to his 2010 form now that he is healthy.

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via phillysportscentral.com

How it all fits together:

On opening day I think the depth chart would look something like this:

PG: Ridnour, Barea, Lee, (Rubio out due to injury)

SG: Williams, Shved, Ellington

SF: Dudley, Johnson

PF: Love, Tolliver, James

C: Pekovic, Haddadi, Leonard

I think with this roster the wolves would be in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Once Rubio comes back, say around December, I think the wolves should start to shop either Ridnour or Barea for a backup small forward. This would allow the Wolves to move Wes Johnson to the third string, where he belongs. After the trade deadline I see our roster looking something like this:

PG: Rubio, Barea/Ridnour, Lee

SG: Williams, Shved, Ellington

SF: Dudley, Back up Sf acquired at deadline, Johnson

PF: Love, Tolliver, James

C: Pekovic, Haddadi, Leonard

I think this roster has the potential to take the second seed in the west if there aren’t any significant injuries. The best part about it is that every move is realistic, and it would be a relatively cheap roster with a payroll in the neighborhood of 55 million.

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