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How The Wolves Were Built

As we enter the offseason and talk endlessly about what moves McHale and Co. should be making, I thought it might be helpful to run down how we got where we are:

  • Corey Brewer - Drafted #7 in 2007
  • Greg Buckner - Acquired via trade from Dallas for Trenton Hassell (9/28/07)
  • Michael Doleac - Acquired via trade with Walker, Wayne Simien and a 1st round pick from Miami for Mark Blount and Ricky Davis (10/24/07)
  • Randy Foye - Acquired via trade with cash for Brandon Roy on Draft Day 2006 (Foye was picked #7, Roy was picked #6)
  • Ryan Gomes - Acquired via trade with Jefferson, Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and 2 1st round draft picks from Boston for Kevin Garnett (7/31/07)
  • Marko Jaric - Acquired via trade with Mario Chalmers from LA Clippers for Sam Cassell and 1st round pick (8/12/05)
  • Al Jefferson - Acquired via trade with Telfair, Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and 2 1st round draft picks from Boston for Kevin Garnett (7/31/07)
  • Mark Madsen - Signed as a free agent from LA Lakers (7/28/03)
  • Rashad McCants - Drafted #14 in 2005
  • Chris Richard - Drafted #41 in 2007
  • Craig Smith - Drafted #36 in 2006
  • Kirk Snyder - Acquired via trade with a 2nd round pick and cash from Houston for Gerald Green (2/21/08)
  • Sebastian Telfair - Acquired via trade with Jefferson, Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and 2 1st round draft picks from Boston for Kevin Garnett (7/31/07)
  • Antoine Walker - Acquired via trade with Doleac, Wayne Simien and a 1st round pick from Miami for Mark Blount and Ricky Davis (10/24/07)

So there you have it; technically it's 9 players acquired by trade (including Jaric and Foye), 4 via the draft and 1 from free agency. Moving Jaric and Foye to free agency and draft respectively yields 7, 5 and 2.

Whether you think we're in the best or worst shape in franchise history personnel-wise, I think it's a good thing that we haven't relied on free agency very heavily. Part of the reason is being cash strapped for so long, but given McHale's free agent choices (Mike James and Michael Olowokandi are the only ones of "note" in quite some time) that's probably a good thing.