Good afternoon everybody! Thanks for stopping by for a little season-ending chat. Lots of questions -- and interest, I'm presuming -- even after a long season like this so let's get started, shall we?
I think generally his peers in the league think he's a good judge of talent, I think they think he's collecting a pretty good stable of athletes. The question now is teaching them to play and will he be here as coach long enough to get them well started down that road. The thing you've got to remember about the #1 for Thad is they pretty much had to acquire a player with a pretty sizable salary to make the deal work since they were trading away Love's huge salary and taking back Wiggins' small rookie salary, especially if they wanted to dump guys like Shved and others. It would have bee difficult to make the deal work just by getting the draft pick back. That's why Flip first tried to get KG for the pick and when that didn't work, went for Young
That depends on who they draft probably. I don't think they ever were trying to dump. To the contrary, Flip has been pretty adamant about keeping him. The reason you probably have that perception is the talks with Golden State for Love last summer. If the Wolves were going to get and pay Klay big like they tried, they were going to insist the Warriors take Martin's salary because you can't be paying two shooting guards a combined $22 million or so
No probably not and if he plays next season, which he pretty certainly will, it won't be for a veteran's minimum. Could be mid-level range ($6M-ish), but that still remains to be seen
The general consensus this last month is that Towns has become the top player in the draft. Don't be so certain of that. My gut tells me if the draft were today and they were picking No. 1, he'd take Okafor. But there's still miles to go here between now and late June
Patrick's a columnist, I'm not. There's a big difference
The Virginia coach hasn't gotten fat? Since when. I hadn't noticed.
If you mean Anthony Bennett, sure, there's still hope. The guy's, what, 22. But he needs to get and stay healthy and he needs to get his behind down under the basket and do more dirty work rather than think he's a 20-foot jump shooter
Yes, that's his position. He played point mostly this season out of necessity because of the injuries and because it helped assure that league-worst record. He's a scorer guard who someday also will play some point as he grows, matures and gets better at it.
I think it's unlikely that happens before next season, unless a guy like Izzo changes his mind. And after going through the pain of this season and nurturing Wiggins and LaVine along, I just don't see him walking away from it now without experiencing some of the payoff
Yes, of course, for at least the next four years, if you consider that long-term. Check back after there's a new CBA in a couple years, that could change things
That's unlikely, unless it's just a spot or two so they could, say, leverage a guy like Mudiay or Russell, acquire an asset and still take a player like Porzingis. But if the two big guys are gone, they'd probably take Russell and call it a day
In 2019? Don't you have other things to worry about until then.
He should be, Pek might be another story. He could just be working himself back into shape by then. I think his road back is longer
Hummel for sure, Hamilton depends on if they draft a center and to a lesser extent how Pek comes along
I think Shabazz is, I'm not sure that Bennett is
Almost all of them, the question marks are what they do with Budinger, Martin, Hamitlon depending on the draft. Oh, and of course Neal is gone, too
Sorry, I forgot my holster at home and there's a snake in my boot, too
I think they just cleaned up some cartilage and stuff like that. I don't think it repaired anything or anything like that
He's better when Love's beside him and he's better when better players are beside. Everyone gets exposed when you're missing most of your salary cap and playing with the lineups they played with
As a player, I don't know maybe like a modern day Kukoc. As for impact, I've had people in Europe tell me he's comparable to Mirotic. We'll see if he's that good, I don't get the feeling the Wolves think he's that good, but maybe that's just negotiating. Ultimately, it probably will come down to how much they have to pay him.
I think it's supposed to start later this summer. but we've been waiting on that for a while now