Wolves Updates

Beasley X-Rays Are Negative – Which is Positive

With around eight minutes to go in the first half of Tuesday nights game in Miami, Michael Beasley went to the basket and unintentionally had his legs taken out from him and landed hard on his hip.  He had to be carried off the court be teammates.   ESPN had this write-up.

Beasley sat out against the Magic last night.

Contract Extensions

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised contract options for next season on forwards Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, guards Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington, and center Kosta Koufos.

The moves were made Monday. The Wolves declined to pick up forward Corey Brewer’s fifth-year option for the 2011-12 season, meaning he’ll become a restricted free agent next summer.

I am good with all the decision, expect for declining Brewer’s option.  Maybe because he brings great energy, athleticism and is improving every aspect of his game, but I do not agree with let me become a RFA.

My question/worry is this; Do the Timberwolves feel Wesley Johnson and Martell Webster are you starting SG/SF?  Which also raises the question; “What is the Wolves best starting line-up?”  But that is for another time and place.

Back to the contracts.  Maybe David Kahn does not feel Brewer is worth $4.97M next season.  I can agree to some part and then I settle down and look at it like a business.  Is Brewer worth $5M as your back-up or even third shooting guard?  Wayne Ellington is making just over $2M this season and $3M next and he is the starting shooting guard supposedly.

When Webster, Johnson, Ellington, and Brewer are all healthy, who’s minutes get taken?

This situation also plays into the Ricky Rubio conversation and making financial room to get him and some “big-time free agent”.  But that is also for another time and place.

Taking the extensions are good with every other players, I just question the motivation behind not keeping Brewer.

Jonny Flynn Back In Three Weeks

While Jonny Flynn is limited to only 30-35 minutes of full contact practice, the Wolves are looking to have back in the line-up in roughly three weeks according to Hoopsworld.com.

Jonny Flynn is making progress after undergoing surgery for a torn labral in his left hip. The point guard is participating in full-contact practices and the team is shooting for him to return in three weeks, according to sources.
Awesome!  I still think Luke Ridnour starts for a while Flynn gets his cardiovascular condition back up to speed.
Wesley Johnson Ranked 9th Best Rookie By ESPN

The Headline explaines it all.  Johnson has shown maturity in his game and the ability to shooting which we knew he pocessed.  ESPN’s David Thorpe worte this about Johnson;
As he learns to attack more and settle for long jumpers less — he has shown the ability to make special plays with his athleticism — his productivity and efficiency should increase.
I agree 100%.  Johnson has a nice combo of a solid outside game and explosiveness which should get him to the foul line more often.   Defenders are going to have to respect his shot and with a good pump fake, he should find some easy buckets or at least an easy dump-off as the defense rotates to cover for over anxious defender Jimmy “Can’t-keep-his-feet-on-the-floor”.

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