Well, Thursday night provided big fireworks for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, as the franchise landed its biggest star in a trade in the history of the organization. Continue reading “Minnesota lands Jimmy Butler in draft-day trade”
I think the Minnesota Timberwolves are in a unique situation as the NBA draft is fast approaching.
With the salary cap set to rise to $101 million, Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves have a chance at adding some good players, whether it is via free agency or trade.
In my opinion and, probably the opinion of many Minnesota fans, the Timberwolves don’t need another young player on their roster.
Here’s what I think they should do:
- Make an offer for Chicago’s Jimmy Butler — I think Minnesota has the pieces to acquire the Bulls shooting guard. A package centered around Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and the seventh pick should be enough to get him. Butler gives Minnesota another key player who has proven himself over the last handful of years to be one of the best two-way players in the NBA. Minnesota only has $79 million in contracts on its roster. Trading LaVine and Rubio will nearly cancel out Butler’s incoming contract, leaving Minnesota with plenty of money to spend on two quality free agents to build a team around Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng.
- Find a reliable, solid point guard — There should be plenty of good point guards available this offseason. Among them, Jrue Holiday is the best of the bunch. While he has proven that it’s difficult for him to stay healthy, Holiday can shoot, pass and defend better than Rubio. While Holiday is the best point guard, he will also be the most expensive. Jeff Teague and George Hill are other options and both will be much cheaper.
- Fill out the roster with young veterans or veterans who can still play — While Cole Aldrich is a Minnesota boy and I like guys from Minnesota, he is taking up a roster spot and valuable salary cap space. The Timberwolves have been rumored to be targeting Andre Iguodala, a 33-year-old and two-time champion with the Golden State Warriors. I’m not a fan of that. He provides another defensive stopper, but he is best suited to stay in the Bay Area. One guy I would like to see Minnesota go after is Washington’s Otto Porter. He is a solid three-point shooter and plays good defense. The one thing about Porter is that he is a restricted free agent and the Wizards will probably match any offer. Taj Gibson is another one of Thibodeau’s guys. He would bolster a weak frontcourt. Miami’s James Johnson is another guy I like. He had a revival with the Heat last season.
It’ll be interesting to see what Minnesota does in the coming days and weeks.
The NBA Finals finally begins today.
The matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is the third volume between the two teams. Both have met in the last two Finals and each won once, so this will be the tiebreaker.
Personally, I hope it turns out to be the best Finals in my lifetime.
For the first time in my life, I’ll be rooting for LeBron James to win, not lose.
When Kevin Durant joined the Warriors last summer, it rubbed a lot of basketball fans the wrong way. Perhaps the only people who were happy were the fans in the Bay Area. Why it rubbed people the wrong way was because Durant is a superstar and he joined a team that won 73 games during the 2015-16 season.
This series will have many fascinating matchups.
At the guard position, Kyrie Irving torched Steph Curry, a two-time MVP, in last year’s Finals and was a main reason why Cleveland won the championship.
James is the best player on the planet and he will be looking to hand Durant his second loss in the Finals. James has a lot riding in this series.
If he wins, not only would it be his fourth championship, but he would have beaten arguably a better team than Michael Jordan ever played against in the Finals for the second time.
I still think he will rank behind Jordan as the greatest player ever for many reasons, but he would move into the top five greatest players of all time in my mind.
The matchup between Draymond Green and Kevin Love might be the most pivotal.
Love has been on fire from 3 the last two rounds of the playoffs, but Green can guard a variety of positions and has the ability to make life difficult for Love.
I think Klay Thompson will have a huge role in this series. Since Durant joined the roster, Thompson has been kind of the forgotten guy. He is a great player and if he plays well, the Warriors will win the series.
It would be a joy to see the series go seven games, but as long as Cleveland wins, I’ll be happy.
As big of an NBA as I am, this year’s playoffs have been atrocious.
We are all waiting for the third installment of the Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals tiebreaker.
While it looked for a moment as if the Boston Celtics would get back into the series, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving put up 42 points in a Game 4 win, and LeBron James played much better than the 11 points he scored in Game 3.
For what it’s worth, I don’t like Cleveland or Golden State, but I’ll be rooting for the Cavaliers if the two teams do meet to decide the championship.
I long for the days when the Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoffs. While the T-Pups advanced out of the first round only once in their existence, it was a memorable run. Minnesota making the playoffs would mean the end of watching playoff games that are meaningless to me.
Karl-Anthony Towns was snubbed from the three All-NBA teams, which is extremely disappointing to me.
While his team won three more games than Towns’, Anthony Davis was saddled with an All-NBA First Team spot. Rudy Gobert made All-NBA Second Team and, somehow, DeAndre Jordan was selected for the third team. I am fine with Gobert’s selection. He led one of the league’s stingiest defenses, but Jordan is just a hack. He can only catch lobs, can’t make free throws and wasn’t even top five in blocks, supposedly his best defensive trait.
All Towns managed to do was score 25.1 points per game on 54 percent shooting from the field, over 80 percent from the line, 36 percent from three, grab 12.5 rebounds per game and increase his assists per game .7.
It’s alright, though. Next year, he will get it.
While James Harden and Russell Westbrook had superb years, I think James deserves the MVP. Yes, Kevin Love and Irving have been a big help to him, but James is the best player in basketball and Cleveland would win only 40-43 games without him.
I think this is the beginning of the end of the San Antonio Spurs as we know them. I think Gregg Popovich’s luck has run out in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard is good, but he is not Tim Duncan, and the pieces around him are not requisite of a championship team. I think Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker call it a career, as both were tremendous for so many years, and I even think Pau Gasol might do the same. It’ll be interesting to see how the Spurs rebuild.
I think this year’s NBA Finals will be epic. The addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State has seem to turn a lot of common NBA fans from rooting for the Warriors. I’m guessing the Cavaliers will be big underdogs heading into the series.
If James leads Cleveland past Golden State, at the age of 32, I think there needs to be a serious debate between him and Michael Jordan in terms of the greatest player ever. I know Jordan is nostalgia, but when James retires, he will have that same feeling.
I’ve had some time to reflect on my first road trip and what the hell I just did. Continue reading “If you fly over it, you might miss it”
SHERIDAN, WY — Well, things certainly got wild last night in Jackson. I went to a few bars and talked with quite a few people. The night ended with me getting lost in downtown Jackson. I couldn’t find my hotel and my phone died, but I found it after 45 minutes of running around.
Friday marked the last day of my driving adventure. I traveled through Grand Tetons National Park, the Wind River Canyon and Big Horn National Forest.
It was another amazing drive through winding roads along the Wind River and high-mountain driving in the Big Horn forest. It was a glorious day for weather, too. It reached 85 degrees where I was traveling, but that temperature quickly dipped when I headed into the Big Horn Mountains. At the top of the pass, it was a crisp 55 degrees, but still very enjoyable.
Haven’t seen much wildlife on this trip. I saw a few deer and buffalo, but that was about it for animals. When I got out to take pictures of the Wind River, I swear I heard the rattles of a rattlesnake, but I couldn’t find him.
My plan for tonight is simple — don’t get lost and have some fun. My sunburn has reached its peak and I think it will start to mellow out in the next day or two.
I was telling some folks last night that I’m not sure I could ever top this trip. I’ll have to think of something for next year, though.
That’s all for now!