The team is just so painful to watch right now. Rubio is far from being back, the lack of depth at most positions allows other teams to just run us out of the building with their fresh reserves, and it looks like the competitiveness that was the hallmark of this team is waning. Getting Gelable will help a little with the depth but it just seems like a small fraction of what needs to be done.
Can we afford to trade Derrick Williams any more? How can we keep teams from killing us from the 3 point line? Where are we going to get consistent scoring from, especially 3 point shooting? Until Rubio rounds into form can we afford to trade Ridnour? Are we really looking at playing like this for the rest of the season?
If you think about it, all this team needs is a shot in the arm to give them some hope. Record wise they're not out of the playoff race if we can keep around .500 for the next 5 weeks or so. Love and Budinger should be back for a legitimate playoff push if we can at least be within striking distance. We COULD be a very dangerous team in the playoffs with our full roster. To stay at that kind of level Kahn is going to have to pull some strings because the ship is definitely sinking. From what I can see it won't even have to be anything to sacrifice the future either.
As has been mentioned numerous times, the Birdman would be an ideal addition to this team. Honestly, what kind of downside are we looking at here? It seems like such a no brainer. It wouldn't cost us a thing and we could rest Pekovic and Kirilenko once in a while without putting Stiemsma or Amundson on the floor.
Is there ANYTHING out there that can provide us an upgrade from Ridnour, Barrea and Shved on defense? It seems like every offensive minded SG out there is scoring like they'r Kobe Bryant against us? There's got to be some player in the D-League or on a team's deep bench that can play infinitely better on the defensive end when we need it than these guys. Malcolm Lee was that guy. How hard can it be to find a player like Malcolm Lee?
I would really hate to see the team I had so much promise for lose their hope and competitiveness because of these injuries and the lack of action from the front office. I fear Kirilenko would probably sign somewhere else in the off season and with him leaving a great deal of the team's future potential would go down the drain. Kahn needs to do something in order to keep this thing going. Making every effort to do the best with the hand we've been dealt this season will also go a long way in showing potential free agents that the T-Wolves are not the passive doormats they've been in the past. I don't want to be playing for a lottery pick again this season and neither would any NBA player.