Kahn spoke to reporters about picking Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson up for the rest of the season, and beyond…
Still, it might be Johnson who has the best chance to stick with the team long term, because of his size (6-11) and jumping ability. “We don’t have somebody like that,” Kahn said.
Kahn indicated both players would be given the chance to work into the team’s future plans. “I think in both cases there is a pathway to being here next year,” he said. “It’s not a done deal, but there is a pathway. Chris may be in a little bit of a different instance because [of his size]. So I would say he probably especially has a chance.”
Wolves coach Rick Adelman made clear that signing the two shouldn’t preclude the team from trying to improve the roster more. “We’d better be hoping to do something,” he said. “We have to improve this team.”
There’s a lot to like about this. The Kahnism of there being a pathway — and I’m just going to say a pathway — there for next year. I’m sure Kahn is hoping the same is true for himself.
- Pek took as many shots as I did in the 4th quarter of the Wolves-Knicks game last night.
- The Rumor mill has turned out some new names lately. Some names that are familiar to past Wolves Draft Night Wishlists. Okay, just one name and he’s been as inconsistent as fellow #2 overall pick Derrick Williams to this point in his career. But Philadelphia is said to be gauging Evan Turner’s value on the market, per this slop. With Thaddeus Young out for a spell and Andrew Bynum out forever, Jrue Holiday is a man on an island in Philly and they’re still within shouting distance of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. What a Conference.
- The JJ Redick trade watchers seem to have named a price and it’s expiring contracts and a draft pick. The hazards of doing business with the Magic would seem to be wanting to save face after the embarrassing haul they got for Dwight Howard — because how many expirings and draft picks did they get out of that one?
- Good news for people who like backcuts and 3-point shooting (per the Strib):
Forward Chase Budinger, recovering from Nov. 13 surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, has begun jump-shooting and was doing lateral movement drills after Friday’s morning shootaround. Kahn said Budinger could be cleared to run the court by the end of next week. “I expect him to be back in March, but not in early March,” Kahn said.
- And finally, if you need something to laugh at, there’s this quote from Kevin Love, from the drama-queen Zgoda (the video is worth checking out):
“I think there’s a lot of stuff that we can salvage,” Love said. “We can continue to get the fans back on our side so they’ll have something to root for. If we can close out this season in that way, especially getting fans on our side, getting season tickets renewed, things like that … that’s certainly going to help.”
“I think [fans] need to realize I love being here,” He said. “I don’t know where the misconception came along, but I love this team. I love this organization. … I do want to be here.”
Gold, Jerry. That’s gold.