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Long-term Roster theory?

One interesting thing that has played out consistently for quite a while now, is the desire on the part of Twolves management to bring in a Pau Gasol-like player who is a 4.5 - someone who can play PF or C with ease, and preferably one who can pass, rebound and play some defense. It seems like there is a real desire to create something like what the Laker's had with Bynum, Gasol and Odom. Especially with Adelman, I think he particularly wants to have a kind of final piece in his frontcourt rotation that he feels is missing and would be a good compliment to either Pek or Love (and someone who reminds him slightly of Vlade from his Sacramento years!) I also believe that the Twolves would be willing to pay quite handsomely in trading players and in salary to land such a player X.

Additionally, there was that wonderful FanPost a few months back (which I can't find right now) that showed from pretty indisputable statistical facts, that throughout Adelman's coaching career, he likes to have 8 or so main guys that he gives most of the minutes to, with the remaining roster being there as injury insurance, etc.

Given the above facts, and the significant depth on the Twolves roster right now, I think it is quite likely that the Wolves will try to make a move after Ricky returns by trading away some of the quality depth for a gifted PF/C. Barea and Cunningham (or even Dwill or future picks) to land this mystery Gasolish/Divacish PF/C seems like the kind of thing that is possible to me. It seems that in the ideal roster they are trying to form, Steimsma is too much of a 5 and Cunningham too much of a 4 and Adelman wants a super-rotation of 3 reliable bigs and a main rotation of 8.

If this Player X is added, I think you would see a rotation of Rubio, Roy, AK, Love and Pek, spelled almost exclusively by Player X at the 4/5, Chase at the 3/2 and Ridnour at the 1/2, (with Alexy being groomed and tested to take over Ridnour's role in the future if he proves capable this year). To get to this, I think Twolves management would happily be willing to part with Barea, Cunningham or yes, even DWill.

It seems that Anderson Varejao may be a possible target and also there is another logical target as this Player X. One of the Philly big men like Spencer Hawes, who was inked to a 2 year, $6.5 million per year deal by the Sixers, before they got Bynum. The Sixers desperately need more help at PG and really could use a true 4 more than another Center. Depth charts show they are planning on Hawes being their starting PF this year and they can't trade him until Dec. 15th. Are the Wolves planning on going after him? Ricky should be back and he would really fill this desire that management seems to want filled, although he is certainly no Gasol or Divac.

Here is a quote about him from ESPN's player page:

"Coach Doug Collins plans to use Hawes in a Pau Gasol-type role next season for the 76ers, Yahoo! Sports reports. Spin: "I want (Hawes) to play the Pau Gasol role with Bynum," Collins said. "Both (Hawes and Gasol) like to play out on the perimeter because they can shoot the ball and are very good passers."

So, I'd love to hear if anyone else has thought that this is the next roster focus of management, and if so, who might they target, if not Varejao or Hawes?

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