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Bonzi bows out

Benjamin Polk —  December 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

Bonzi Wells we hardly knew ye. Due to the glut of guaranteed contracts on the Wolves’ roster, there wasn’t any room for the 35-year-old vet. It’s kind of a shame too; seemed like the old fella had a new lease on life. So the Wolves’ opening day roster is as follows:

Guards: J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio, Malcolm Lee, Wayne Ellington, Martell Webster, Wes Johnson (although looks like he’ll also play some three)

Forwards: Derrick Williams, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver, Anthony Randolph

Centers: Darko, Big Pek, Brad Miller

So in memory of Mr. Wells, here’s Bonzi hitting a miracle shot:

And here he is getting yoked on by Baron Davis.

BREAKING NEWS: Sources say, Wolves went 2-0 in the preseason against the Bucks.

So as we prepare for the Preseason Playoff series against the 2-0 Clippers, I thought I would share some notes I made on Wolves players from the two games we just witnessed.
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I was shocked to hear that Bonzi Wells has been invited to the Wolves’ training camp and even more shocked to hear that he is only 35 years old. Considering that Bonzi played serious minutes on a team that included Scottie Pippen, Arvydas Sabonis and Detlef Schrempf,  I had him pegged for at least 50. But I was wrong and right now he’s a Wolf. Come to think of it, the Wolves could use an upgrade at center; I wonder if Sabonis is still in playing shape?

Even more surprising: the Wolves are also pursuing NBA Finals hero and bona fide Small Person J.J. Barea. Anyone else thinking what I’m thinking? a three-guard lineup featuring Rubio, Ridnour, Barea? Am I right? But for real: is another primary ball handler really what the Wolves need?

Speaking of perimeter players: now that the Chris-Paul-to-the-Lakers deal is in ashes (beautifully played everybody), I’m curious whether Kevin Martin remains available. He makes a chunk of change ($11.5 million this year and $12.4 million next year), he never passes the ball and the Wolves rotten perimeter D wouldn’t be made any less rotten, but Martin is the most efficient high volume perimeter scorer in the league–and the Wolves could definitely use a little of that.

And by the way, isn’t it delicious to see the Wolves’ unprotected 1st round pick bandied about in Chris Paul trade rumors? Oh Kevin McHale, will your gifts ever stop giving?