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.


No significant moves doesn’t mean no progress

It’s been a few days since some of the bigger names signed contracts with other teams. I needed to give myself a few days because I was pretty upset the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t make any significant moves.

However, the fact they didn’t make any moves gives me confidence. Continue reading “No significant moves doesn’t mean no progress”

Minnesota is clearly turning the corner

I have tried to hammer this nail into a lot of heads this season: The Minnesota Timberwolves are better than what their records says.

Last night, the T’wolves showed a national audience what they have showed me over the course of the season, but more so since the All-Star break: Heart. Continue reading “Minnesota is clearly turning the corner”

Minnesota Thaw

More and more every game, it looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves are finding their way in the NBA.

While their record is just 17-36, the T-pups have played better basketball, and I’m even willing to give Sam Mitchell some credit, even though it took him a long time to figure it out. Continue reading “Minnesota Thaw”

T’wolves look different, good through two games

While it’s been just two games, with 80 games to go, I have to say that I love what I am seeing from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Continue reading “T’wolves look different, good through two games”

NBA — LeBron, Rubio, Davis, Rose, Lakers, Clippers

Steph Curry and the Warriors will look to repeat as NBA champions, but it won't be easy. (Photo credit to BleacherReport.com)
Steph Curry and the Warriors will look to repeat as NBA champions, but it won’t be easy. (Photo credit to BleacherReport.com)

With the first official NBA game eight days away, it is time to get the basketball talk fired up again.

It’s a new year, and the Golden State Warriors will have the tall task to repeat as NBA champions. Continue reading “NBA — LeBron, Rubio, Davis, Rose, Lakers, Clippers”