The hour is coming when the whole world will change.
Maybe not – but that’s what is seems like. Once 12:00am EST hit tonight – or morning, the NBA world apartment will evetually tilt East and the rest of the league will hold on for dear life.
With LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh apparently all signing in Miami, Chicago, New York, and New Jersey – there seems like there is way to get a feel for what is really going.
And honestly, nothing those three plus Joe Johnson, Dirk, Boozer, and Amare do will affect Minnesota. As much as we would like to think that is possible to sign any of those seven players, it just isn’t possible.
According to this ESPN TrueHoop post, the Wolves have $13.44M to sign players.
Rudy Gay is a name that has been connected to the Wolves as a player they are targeting and it has been reported, be ESPN’s Marc Stein, that David Kahn reached out to Gay to come and visit Minnesota.
Now Gay on paper looks like a player that fits with the Wolves. He is 23years-old, 6’8″, athletic, a scorer (19.6 ppg), but an average shooter. Gay shoots 47% from the floor, 33% from deep, 75% from the foul-line, but did grab 5.9 rebounds a game last season.
Coming out of the draft with the No. 4 pick, with a chance to draft Demarcus Cousins, and the Wolves picked Wes Johnson. Now Kahn gets ripped for “dumb” moves, but this would be a tough pill to swallow if he signs Gay and moves Johnson to the bench. The other option may be a sign and trade, but that still drives me nuts. Why not draft Cousins?
But pairing Gay with Martell Webster would be a scoring nice duo and because Gay is not the greatest distance-shooter, he wouldn’t be taking shots away from Webster.
Signing Gay would create even more excitement going into next season and the team would sell more tickets – period. He is a recognizable name, please void the obvious joke – but he is a dynamic athlete and who can make some spectacular plays.
I also have heard David Lee as another that Kahn is targeting. Lee, is a power forward that is a good scorer, grabs double-digit rebounds. Lee shots well but lacks on the defensive end. Where have we seen that before?
Wolves Sign Nikola Pekovic
It has been reported that Pekovic signed a 3 year, $13 million deal with the Wolves.
Here is the write from ESPN.com
The Minnesota Timberwolves reached a verbal agreement on a three-year, $13 million contract with their 2008 second-round pick Nikola Pekovic, two league sources told ESPN.com’s Chad Ford.
Pekovic is a big, 6-foot-11 bruising center who has had an impressive career playing in Greece the past two seasons. Pekovic averaged 14.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 23 minutes per game for Panathinikos in Euroleague play last season.
One league source said that had Pekovic been in this year’s draft he would have been a top-10 pick.
The rumor of him coming to the NBA this upcoming season has been out there for awhile.
But that is the big free agent signing! Time for bed.