Minnesota should move on Jimmy Butler


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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If I was Minnesota’s GM


My gosh, another NBA season is nearly in the books. The Minnesota Timberwolves took some big steps forward this season, but it didn’t translate into too many more victories. Still, improvement is something that fans expected to see this season, and they surely got their wish, at least I hope.

Over the course of the season, Minnesota was able to find the right five-player combination and it looks like those five players have solidified their starting roles on the team. What the team has desperately lacked is depth. The T’wolves have no depth, and a strong bench is needed if this team expects to make the playoffs.

With that in mind, Minnesota is staring at another top five pick. However, I think they need to go a different route this summer. Continue reading “If I was Minnesota’s GM”

Another impressive draft for Minny


Minnesota general manager Flip Saunders made another draft-day trade and brought home Apple Valley native Tyus Jones. (I don't take credit for the photo)
Minnesota general manager Flip Saunders made another draft-day trade and brought home Apple Valley native Tyus Jones. (I don’t take credit for the photo)

People were very skeptical of Flip Saunders taking on so many roles within the Minnesota Timberwolves organization. But after three drafts, there is no question he is doing a fantastic job.

Continue reading “Another impressive draft for Minny”

2015 NBA Mock Draft 3.0


It will be exciting to find out where all the young names are headed. (Photo credit to cdn.com)
It will be exciting to find out where all the young names are headed. (Photo credit to cdn.com)

A lot of movement on my board this week! I will have one more mock draft next week. I have no inside sources. These are just my opinions. Take a look! Continue reading “2015 NBA Mock Draft 3.0”

Saunders loves Towns more than Okafor?


The Minnesota Timberwolves would be smart to take Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick. (Photo credit to Gannett.cdn.com)
The Minnesota Timberwolves would be smart to take Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick. (Photo credit to Gannett.cdn.com)

With the NBA draft less than two weeks away, Minnesota Timberwolves’ general manager Flip Saunders doesn’t have his mind set on a player to draft.

He is deciding between Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell. Continue reading “Saunders loves Towns more than Okafor?”

Biggest mistake would be not taking Towns


The Minnesota Timberwolves would be smart to take Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick. (Photo credit to Gannett.cdn.com)
The Minnesota Timberwolves would be smart to take Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick. (Photo credit to Gannett.cdn.com)

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have a tough choice choosing between Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, and D’Angelo Russell when June 25 arrives.

Despite having Russell as No. 1 on my mock draft board, that will change when I re-do it later today.

In my opinion, Towns will be special. Continue reading “Biggest mistake would be not taking Towns”