Anthony Randolph will be in uniform tonight after passing his physical earlier this afternoon.
Yes, the Wolves were a part of the Carmelo Anthony trade that rocked the NBA yesterday. No, the Wolves move is not a franchise-changer. As we say goodbye to Corey Brewer with his highlight reel dunks and average defense (compared to the hideous defense by all others on this team) and Kosta “facemask” Koufus, we say hello to a big man with all the potential in the world that has only shown glimpses thus far.
Rambis has given the go ahead to play Randolph tonight, but said his minutes will be limited. From what he has been saying so far, it seems like he isn’t all that thrilled about the trade.
Rambis on the trade: Adding another young guy to this team wasn’t my ideal situation but he is a very intriguing ball player.
Yes, Rambis, he is intriguing. I know most Wolves fans love this trade, and are all about putting Randolph into the starting 5 ASAP. I however, don’t quite see this trade with as much optimism. I’d like to see Randolph actually prove something to the NBA in the coming days. He hasn’t been given a chance by D’antoni, but there must be a reason for it (like there was for Darko). Randolph can take ALL of Tolliver’s minutes, but as for any more than that I would like to continue developing the guys we have. Pekovic has been playing stellar lately, and Darko obviously needs more lessons about how to be a team player. To take away from those guys means to impede on their growth at a very important time in their careers.
Randolph has shown he can make the highlight reel, but as a rail thin PF/C, I wouldn’t expect him to be our starting center of the future unless we expect to lose to any team with an actual center every game. I hope for the best for AR while he is on the team, but I expect much less.