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.
Cam for MVP
The football game between the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants provided fans with an insight on just how good Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has become.
He turned in another spectacular performance in that game, and kept his team perfect, 14-0, with a late-game drive that produced a game-winning field goal.
It doesn’t matter what happens the next this week or next week, he has helped the Panther wrap up home-field advantage for the playoffs, and is the clear front-runner for the Most Valuable Player award.
He has thrown for over 3,402 yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for another seven this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves’ center Karl-Anthony Towns has regained confidence of his interim head coach Sam Mitchell, as Towns has seen an uptick in minutes over the last five games.
In December, Towns is averaging 28.7 minutes per game compared to 27.1 minutes per game in November, even though he is fouling at a higher rate (4.1 to 2.7).
With slightly more minutes, Towns has produced 18.5 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, and is shooting 55 percent from the field, and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line as of Dec. 22.
Woodson to retire
All-Pro and future Hall-of-Fame cornerback Charles Woodson will retire at the end of the 2015 season.
Woodson, who won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Michigan in 1997, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All-Pro.
He spent eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders before becoming a Green Bay Packer for the next seven years.
He came back to the Bay Area in 2013.
He is fifth all-time with 65 interceptions.
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