Thursday, May 31, 2007

What Minnesota should do this Offseason

Basically the Minnesota Timberwolves' entire offseason will be centered around Kevin Garnett and the debate about whether or not the Timberwolves should trade their franchise's all time best player. I think they should because there is a lot of demand for an unselfish superstar like Garnett and he has done so much for the Timberwolves with little to no help around him for all but one year, 2003-04, the year the Timberwolves made the Western Conference finals. The Lakers have been interested in Garnett for some time now and while that is still an intriguing possibility in him teaming up with disgruntled superstar Kobe Bryant, he will likely not go there because reportedly, the Lakers have lined up a trade with the Indiana Pacers to get Jermaine O'Neal. However, if the Lakers don't need to give up Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum, I could still see Garnett to the Lakers as a possibility.

I could also see him going to the Dallas Mavericks. Jerry Stackhouse's big contract expired this year, possibly clearing up enough space for the Mavs to pair him with someone like Devin Harris or Jason Terry to go to Minnesota and begin the rebuilding process there. I expect the Mavs to make a big change this offseason following their disappointing playoffs.

A free agent that is available for the Timberwolves to get that could help Garnett is Gerald Wallace of the Charlotte Bobcats. Wallace provided the Bobcats with good stats across the board and probably will with whatever team he plays for, as long as he manages to get playing time.

As for the draft, I expect Minnesota to get the best player available. Al Horford from Florida could help right away on the Timberwolves' front line, maybe as the starting power forward and putting in Garnett at center in a small ball lineup like what the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors do so well.

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