Wolves Updates 9/18Inspired by the hiring of Rob Babcock as the team's assistant GM, Sam at SLAM Online ranks the worst front offices in the league. The Wolves top the list:
They’ve ruined Kevin Garnett’s career. Sure, they gave him a hundered mill, so that was nice of them, but in all of those first round playoff losses the T-Wolves were almost never the better team. Maybe never. How do you have one of the most talented players in NBA history and barely make it out of the first round over a decade?
ESPN asks some NBA writers which of the current worst teams will win a championship in the near future and a couple of them believe it'll be the Wolves. Click on the link to read the whole thing but below are a few highlights of their reasoning.
David Thorpe, Pro Training Center
Mark Blount had his two best rebounding months in March and April last year. KG will continue to influence him toward playing to his potential. The Wolves need some additional help inside, and they need Foye to develop rapidly, so a trade involving Ricky Davis could help on both accounts.
Now, if Coach Dwane Casey can go to school as fast as Coach Van Gundy did in Miami, and Foye can "be like Dwayne," the Wolves just may pull a Miami and contend for the title in 2008.
Brian Windhorst, Akron Beacon Journal
So the challenge at hand is to create a package involving one or more of the following: Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, Marko Jaric, Trenton Hassell and Troy Hudson. All are semi-talented players with somewhat burdensome contracts who have value to someone.
The other big issue is the head coach. If the Wolves don't get off to a good start, every insider in the league feels Dwane Casey will be on the hot seat. Getting behind Casey or making a prudent switch will be vital.