Happy Friday, everyone! I don't know why, but did this week seem especially long for anyone else? We hope you've enjoyed our first division previews; the rest will follow in the upcoming weeks. Now let's focus in a bit more on some Minnesota basketball.
Wolves sign Andre Miller. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been buzz about the Timberwolves adding a veteran point guard to the roster. Although there was some [minor] speculation over the possibility of oft-traded Luke Ridnour returning to Minnesota, that was not the case. The team announced Wednesday that it had made a deal with PG Andre Miller. At 39 years old, Miller will be the oldest player on the roster (he has just two months on Kevin Garnett) and will add more leadership to both the floor and the locker room. Miller joined the NBA as the No. 8 overall pick in 1999 and is entering his 17th season. In 2014-2015, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.5 assists per game for both Washington and Sacramento.
Kevin Garnett will start. In an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe, head coach Flip Saunders had no hesitation in listing Garnett as a starter. Saunders said the following:
"He's gonna start. That's who he is. KG is a starter. He's the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He's the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it."
With Garnett in the starting five, that will leave Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng left vying for the starting center spot. It seems more than likely that Towns will start immediately; although Pek has been the historic starter, he's too often injured and doesn't have nearly the speed or defensive aggression that Towns or Dieng have. It will be interesting to see how the rotations work out when the season gets underway.
The Minnesota Lynx have made a few transactions recently, adding both Sylvia Fowles and Shae Kelley to the roster. The Lynx acquired Fowles from Chicago in a three-team trade that sent Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray and their 2016 first-round draft pick to the Atlanta Dream, who sent Erika de Souza to Chicago.
Over a seven-year career with the Sky, Fowles has averaged 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. The center made her Minnesota debut Wednesday night, and the Lynx defeated the Sparks in a close 82-76 contest. All-Star Maya Moore said the following about Fowles after the game:
"She was getting in the passing lanes. When [our] center is doing that it really gives us a lot of energy and momentum. She's an energy player. She's not your typical center that's kind of bigger, slower, methodical. She's powerful and provides a lot of energy."
Moore continued her trend Wednesday, contributing 27 points to the win.
Earlier in the week, Minnesota signed Kelley to a seven-day contract. Kelley was with the team earlier in the year and didn't make the final roster cut. The forward played in two preseason games with the Lynx before being released. She did not play in Wednesday's game.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
Although this movie came out in 2003, but I had [surprisingly] never heard of it until a couple months ago. My only regret is that I hadn't seen it sooner!
Al Pacino and Colin Farrell star in this action film. The movie gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a CIA training program, and there are plenty of twists and turns throughout the plot. Pacino and Farrell are a dynamic duo, and it's absolutely worth your time. If you enjoyed S.W.A.T or the Bourne trilogy, check out The Recruit!
Watch the trailer below, and happy weekending!