shrink wrote: Right now, the Wolves should probably be building for next year. Their three big names (Love, Rubio .. and Adelman) have already missed substantial parts of the season. They missed out on Batum. They have had no less than FOUR sg's go down with major knee issues. They just dropped four straight games - two to teams behind them in the west.
But believe it or not, MIN is probably the most likely team out there to make a big "win now" move, and to do it very soon! Why?
1. Adelman wants it because of his age
2. Kahn wants it because it's the last year of his contract
3. The organization wants it because they started a new season ticket promo LAST WEEK that will return 10% if they don't make play-offs.
4. Team president promised play-offs, said this is the season.
5. Kevin Love wants it, and MIN wants to make him happy
6. Most importantly, Glen Taylor wants it so the franchise increases in value as he tries to sell some of his ownership interest. We believe he will go over the lux next year for the same reason, re-signing Pekovic and still willing to trade for a big deal now.
Kahn has been complaining for weeks that he can't get anything done on the trade front because in the NBA, everyone waits until the trade deadline to fully assess their team, and to wait for the very best offer to come in. Unfortunately, with all the injuries, MIN can't afford to wait a few more weeks, or they will lose all hope of climbing back into the play-off race. That makes them ripe for a deal, and WAS may be the perfect partner.
Then we lost Shved and Pekovic as well, with nobody left to back them up. Is this the final straw that forces MIN to wave the white flag on this season and rebuild? Kahn was ambiguous on Friday:
Kahn recognizes the need to balance the present and the future.
“Whatever we do to address the now, the one thing we have to keep in mind is ... it can't be at the detriment of beyond," Kahn said. "It has to be sensible for now and for the future."
So do you think the front office is going to try to acquire win-now pieces, business as usual because they commited already? Or will the new injuries change the direction for the season?