Wiggins scored really well tonight. His shooting has really picked up recently and he's had a few more complete games. I always wonder though how much "playing well" is really just shooting well? Wiggins has hit a bunch of mid range jumpers during this stretch. If/when the hot shooting tapers (remember his 3pt % early in the year?), he's instead missing a bunch of mid range jumpers. I like that he's making them obviously, but I hope he doesn't forget his post up game/drawing fouls that he used to score with more his first 2 years.
KAT could've had 30 if he would have finished several bunnies near the rim.
Dunn showed a pulse.
Ricky and Tyus weren't very good at all.
Back to Zach's extension...I've read discussion that his injury could actually help the Wolves as it might dampen his contract potential. What I see as a bigger potential silver lining is the injury creates a scenario where Zach falls into a 6th man role. The Wolves should do this anyway, but Zach's injury and uncertain recovery timetable creates the need to bring in a legit wing player in a trade or FA. There's an easy justification to bring Zach off the bench. It's too bad Lance got hurt as I was hoping that he could turn a productive rest of the year into a small guaranteed deal that would make it easier to let Bazz go either in a trade or via FA.
An interesting alternative...we pick for Portland and trade the player they want at our lotto slot for Aminu and swap spots with Portland into the late lotto? Take a chance on a guy coming back from injury like Anunoby or Giles?
I don't think so. I have no idea what to make of Giles, and I'm not sure OG even stays in the draft (if he does, I bet he goes closer to 30 than the lottery). And this is such a strong top of the draft, I'd hate to miss out on a much better prospect just to add Aminu.An interesting alternative...we pick for Portland and trade the player they want at our lotto slot for Aminu and swap spots with Portland into the late lotto? Take a chance on a guy coming back from injury like Anunoby or Giles?
I was also considering that the Wolves might slip lower in the lottery than the very top tier talent. If we're in the 8-9 range, I don't like those guys as much based on fit issues with our roster IMO (and I don't think Thibs would take a PG like Ntilikina with Dunn on board). If the med report suggests that OG is going to make a full recovery, I'd rather have him and Aminu than a guy like say Markkanen with his projected defensive shortcomings. As you said though...OG may not even stay in the draft.
If Isaac isn't there, I take Bridges in a heartbeat. I also think Ntilikina may be a guy who could play next to Dunn or Rubio pretty easily. He's got legit SG size, he's a terrific multi-positional defender, really high BBIQ and a very good 3pt shooter. He's not a pound the ball type of guard, so I think he could also be a great secondary playmaker.
Isaac or Bridges long term would give us the bigger SF we need to pair with Wiggins in the starting lineup and a potential small ball 4 when we go with a smaller lineup. I love both of their fits for our team.
Short term though, I agree that Lavine and the roster would be best served with him coming off the bench next year and maybe long term. I don't know if he'll go for that but we would need to sign a veteran SF this summer to protect us from Lavine rust and to build a bridge for an eventual SF if we draft one.
In terms of free agents, Tucker is the guy who is the most natural fit defensively and professionalim wise. He's going to cost a lot more than Lance but I think he's still likely an 8-10 mill a year player for maybe 3 years. If you could get him to go for a 2 year plus team option contract for 10-12 million per year, it might be more value short term for him and his contract would come off the books before a KAT extension hits. We'd still have money for Gibson, Patterson, Jerebko at the 4 as well with that size contact for Tucker.
Speaking of Wiggins and Zach playing together, some interesting on/off court numbers on the season:
Wiggins and LaVine: -3
Wiggins without LaVine: +5
LaVine without Wiggins: -4
Wiggins and Towns without LaVine: +7
Wiggins and Towns with LaVine: -3
Towns and LaVine without Wiggins: -6
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