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Minnesota Timberwolves: Draft Night Recap

Posted By Jourdan Shepard On Jun 29 2012 @ 8:54 pm In Minnesota Timberwolves | No Comments

For the Minnesota Timberwolves the time to win is now. Although Minnesota boasts one of the NBA’s youngest and brightest rosters, head coach Rick Adelman, 66, and owner Glen Taylor, 71, are not getting younger.

Both Adelman and Taylor may leave their roles in the next few years due to their long tenures in the NBA, so they may be poised to make significant roster changes to aid the franchise’s playoff chances. Minnesota fans will probably be ready to rid Anthony Randolph, Wes Johnson, and any other young player if it means their rebuilding process may finally come to an end.

Chase Budinger takes it to the basket in a 2011-12 matchup between the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

David Kahn, Timberwolves president of basketball operations, was expected to make several more moves on draft night after they had acquired Houston Rockets swingman Chase Budinger for their 2012 first-round pick, 18th overall, and the draft rights to Lior Eliyahu on Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that Minnesota was willing to ship 2011′s second overall pick, Derrick Williams, for 2012′s second overall pick, which belonged to the Charlotte Bobcats.¬†However, Kahn and his staff kept the roster intact and used their second-round pick to draft Purdue forward Robbie Hummel.

Talks with the Bobcats were rumored to be only a small part of the Timberwolves’ plans as there has been chatter about them trying to bring Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol to Minnesota. The Lakers have been trying to shed Gasol and his $37 million contract from their roster and were highly interested in a top-ten 2012 draft pick, or Michael Beasley. It has been known that Minnesota has been actively trying to create their own “Big Three” with Gasol, Ricky Rubio, and Kevin Love.

The next step for the Wolves is free agency as they await Jamal Crawford’s decision to opt out of his contract with the Portland Trail Blazers and the health of former Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy. If Minnesota is fortunate enough to acquire Gasol and either Crawford or Roy for a mid- or minimum-level exception they would have a strong chance to win 50 games and play deep into the playoffs.

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