Thursday, July 1, 2010

NBA free agency isn't as big in Minnesota

While a lot of interest centers around the most-prized group of free agents ever, the Minnesota Timberwolves are taking a more realistic approach.
There's no need for this franchise to go after LeBron James or Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh or any of the other marquee names because they have no interest in this beleagured franchise.
However, there may be some hope for the Timberwolves to attract less-bright stars.
The Timberwolves have scheduled a visit with Rudy Gay, a restricted free agent, but it makes little sense to add another wing player to the roster. Corey Brewer, newly acquired Martell Webster and top draft choice Wesley Johnson already fill that small forward/ shooting guard role, though Gay would be the most talented of that group.
The Timberwolves also have a visit planned with power forward David Lee, clearly a more attractive option. He's an unrestricted free agent who averaged more than 20 points and 11 rebounds last season. If he's added to the roster, Al Jefferson certainly would be gone, and Kevin Love's future might also be in doubt.

The Timberwolves have added center Darko Milicic and Euro-prospect Nikola Pekovic, a 6-11 center, but if that's it, the fan base will have every right to be upset.
The Timberwolves have about $20 million in salary-cap space, and the fans expect that it be spent wisely. It's got to be tough to watch other teams try to win championships, while the Timberwolves flounder.

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