Written on the Wind: Wolves rumors and other ephemera
It’s a strange time in this strange wasteland that is Wolves fandom. Is our coach still a coach? Is our draft pick still a draft pick? Is anybody doing anything here? Good questions, all of them. Here’s a minor roundup of those trade rumors:
- The most recent, most intriguing and probably weirdest rumor involves the Wolves moving the pick to Cleveland in exchange for the Cavs’ fourth pick and Detroit’s eighth pick. In other words, Cleveland would then be able to draft both Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams. While getting two high lottery picks in exchange for one in a weak draft doesn’t really seem so bad, it would definitely add to the Wolves’ legacy of helping other teams utterly run the table (see: Garnett, Kevin; Lawson, Tywon). One wonders: considering that what they really need is one great player and the last thing they need are more average players, why aren’t the Wolves the ones on the aggressive end of this deal? Why we always getting played?
- Then we’ve got this little tidbit: Danny Granger for the number two, Michael Beasley and possibly Ricky Rubio. You can check the AWAW comment section for what our readers think of trading for the brittle 28-year-old forward (who, remember, couldn’t find any burn in the last World Championships) (oh and who we should’ve drafted in 2005 anyway).
- Ok, and then there’s (and this one is really rumor-y): The second pick, Anthony Tolliver and Martell Webster to Philly for Andre Iguodala and the 16th pick. First of all, let me just say that I love Iguodala. He is an amazingly energetic, ridiculously athletic defender and any team would be lucky to have him. But now check that link back to Philadunkia to see for yourself how psyched Sixers fans would be to get rid of Iguodala’s contract. And now think on this question: how much would one great defender really change the Wolves wretched defensive culture? And does it make sense to invest nearly $50 million over the next three years in such a player, a guy who will be in his 30’s by the time the Wolves are any good?
- Of course, Derrick Williams thinks the Wolves should definitely take him at number 2 and Glen Taylor doesn’t think the team will even trade the pick, so there you go.
- Wow, none of this really seems all that good does it?