While the Clippers FO ponders whether or not to make a deal for Carmelo Anthony, many fans here have been creating their own potential trades for the talented forward. Most of these trades include center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, and the rights to the T'wolves unprotected 2012 draft pick, however, I wonder if we are undervaluing the Minny Pick.
Since hiring GM David Kahn 2009, the T'wolves FO have made a number of questionable decisions starting in the 2009 NBA draft where they drafted three point guards, shortly after trading Ty Lawson to Denver for a future draft pick.This past offseason, the team drafted SF Wesly Johnson which is odd considering they already have a talented SF in Corey Brewer and that both players can't create their own shot. This is especially confusing because they passed up on the talented headcase Demarcus Cousins and opted to resign center Darko Milicic while trading for another talented but troubled player in Michael Beasley. They made another strange move when they traded star Al Jefferson, who, just two seasons ago averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds, for two future draft picks from the Utah Jazz. They have loads of cap space, but they will have a hard time convincing top free agents to come to Minnesota. The best use of that space would probably be for a salary dump for a multi-year contract.
Kahn claims to be building for the future, for when Ricky Rubio joins the team, however, Rubio may not come to the US until the 2012 -2013 season, as explained here:
If this is the case, the T'wolves will spend the next two seasons without Rubio. As of now, Minnesota has one of the worst teams in the NBA. If they don't draft an instant impact player in the 2011 draft or aquire a major player through a trade, they may be one of the worst teams in the league in 2012.
Many have floated the idea of a Kaman, Aminu, and Minny pick trade for Melo. What would the Minny pick have to be in 2012 for you to pull it off the table? Neil Olshey seems like a talented GM and he claims that his best skill is finding players through the draft.
Carmelo is a star but is he worth Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minny Pick? I don't think so.