McHale’s Timberwolves: Worst Offseason?


Poor Kevin McHale just can’t escape condemnation, even when he finally makes the move everyone’s been clamoring for the past three years. With the NBA flying under the radar at the moment as baseball heads into the home stretch and football gets ready to kick off, David Aldridge for The Philly Inquirer checked in yesterday by ranking each team’s offseason.

Aldridge has the Houston Rockets at the top for acquisitions of Luis Scola, Mike James, and Steve Francis (amongst others), and the Timberwolves dead last for what he says bungling the megatrade with Boston. We don’t necessarily agree with him, mind you; click here to find out what he had to say about your team. Here’s just three excerpts:

8. Seattle. Added: guard Delonte West; forwards Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Wally Szczerbiak; center Kurt Thomas. Lost: guard Ray Allen; forward Rashard Lewis.

It’s bleak now, and will be for a while for new coach P.J. Carlesimo. But Durant and Green are worth blowing up a team for. The Sonics would have rated higher, but we weren’t crazy about giving up that big trade exception (sent to Phoenix) so soon.

16. Los Angeles Lakers. Added: guards Derek Fisher and Javaris Crittenton. Lost: guard Smush Parker.

We can’t imagine that Kobe Bryant is happy about the Lakers’ failing to land Kevin Garnett, Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen, et al, but he’s clammed up – for now. Fisher should stabilize things at the point, and keeping Luke Walton was smart. The bleeding may have stopped.

30. Minnesota. Added: guard Sebastian Telfair; forwards Corey Brewer, Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green and Juwan Howard; and center Theo Ratliff. Lost: guards Mike James and Troy Hudson; forward Kevin Garnett.

It’s not that the Wolves traded Garnett; it was time. But how did they not get the guy they really wanted – Rajon Rondo – from Boston? Rajon Rondo was a deal-breaker for one of the league’s top five players? It’s another example of how brain-dead this franchise has been for a decade.

Whether or not McHale botched the deal, at least the team unloaded him and realized it’s time to rebuild from the bottom up. There’s no way we’d rank the Cleveland Cavaliers–who’ve made zero offseason moves thus far, including resigning restricted free agents Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic–ahead of the ‘Wolves. Or the Sacramento Kings, for that matter, for spending their lottery pick on a stiff (Spencer Hawes) and $18 million on a vagabond veteran with exactly one decent season on his resume in nine years (Mikki Moore). And does Steve Francis still constitute an addition at this point?


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