Bad NBA contracts


A lot of players made a lot of money this past offseason in the NBA.

Some deals were expected. Others weren’t, but were sadly going to happen anyway. Continue reading “Bad NBA contracts”

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Timberwolves on the prowl in free agency


It’s been a while since I have written about the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team has been very active in the free agent scene since it began on July 1. Continue reading “Timberwolves on the prowl in free agency”

For now, Minnesota wins trade with Chicago


From what I have been reading in the immediate aftermath of Jimmy Butler coming to Minnesota in Thursday’s trade with the Chicago Bulls, a lot of people seem to think the Timberwolves took advantage of the Bulls. Continue reading “For now, Minnesota wins trade with Chicago”

Minnesota lands Jimmy Butler in draft-day trade


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”

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.

NBA Finals trilogy series is finally here


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.