Hello everybody, thanks for stopping by on a beautiful spring day, the Wolves' season finale. The questions are piling up and I'll try to get to as many as I can in an hour.
I'd say 98.5 percent, if you're looking for a number
Lots of head coaching questions coming in already. So let's start with this one: No chance of that happening
George Karl for sure, to name one
Foremost it's a new coach who in a matter of months can get this team aimed firmly at 50 wins so they're not forced to trade Love for what they can get at the trade deadline. Seems pretty sure they're going to roll the dice and go well into next season thinking they can show him there's still reason for hope here
Not without including Pek or Ricky in a deal, and they're not going to trade Gorgui
Maybe in time, but at this point he's pretty one-dimensional and probably best suited to bring off the bench for scoring for the foreseeable future. Never say never, though, of course
You don't think Ricky is the best defensive point guard in the league?
I'd say unlikely. Flip tried trading him at the deadline, and he'll be easier to move now that he has just one year left on his deal. Some contending team - Dallas at the very least maybe -- will take him
Certainly possible, it's the one real trade chip they might have. But the market for him won't be big because of that contract and his injury history. It'll have to be a team that wants to put him inside alongside a rangy power forward, like a Cleveland or New Orleans
No, it's 100 percent he opts out. The big question is who he re-signs with, the Wolves for five years or another team for four. The difference is $26.5 million on the contract
How else might you spend that money? It's going to be VERY difficult to trade that contract, with three years and $21 million remaining
Less than 50-50, but you never know if they somehow finally get some lottery luck or find some magic with a new coach (like George Karl)
Almost zero chance they trade him this off-season. I fully expect he'll be here at training camp unless he changes course and goes public and says he's outta here. Even then I'm not sure it'd come this summer. They still believe they can convince him...
By learning to win close games. There's a learning curve for every young team. Eventually you gotta believe Ricky figures out he can't get stuck under the basket with nowhere to go. That's 3-4 wins right there
They'll try, but my hunch is the two sides are going to be far apart in their beliefs about what he's worth. It could very well end up in a Gordon Hayward-Greg Monroe type of situation and he plays out to restricted free agency the next summer
Not sure he makes the leap to the NBA and if he does, he'll have his pick of better jobs than this
No, pretty darn good chance his contract gets shipped off in some kind of deal
That's certainly the kind of deal they'd have to make if they decide to trade him: For a legit starting small forward. Those sign-and-trades for an unrestricted free agent are tricking to turn though. You've got to woo the guy first and then work a deal with his team. Gets complicated
No, as I just posted if you trade him it's for a legit starting small forward, or small forward/shooting guard type
No, it's going to be real hard to trade that contract. The good news is, there's only 3 years left on it
People often ask about the amnesty thing: That concept is long gone. It was a one-time thing in the new CBA in 2011 and either teams have already used their one-time exception -- like the Wolves with Darko -- and I think it almost every case time has expired on that option.