Now that David Kahn is out as Wolves POBO you would think the Wolves rumors involving Pau Gasol would be an distant memory, but as long as Rick Adelman is coach you can connect the dots of any good passer out of the high post with Adelman’s offense. And Gasol is an excellent operator in the high post.
The possibility that Nikola Pekovic could catch an offer as large as a $13 or $14 million starting salary this offseason and the Wolves choosing to balk at matching it (though it seems less and less likely of late) — that, combined with the news that the Timberwolves were one of many to interview Maryland center Alex Len, makes you wonder how the Wolves would feel about taking on Gasol’s expiring $19 million contract this year before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next year. Losing Pek, making a move for Pau and adding Len as a third big would be a nice backup plan — assuming Pek would fetch any kind of perimeter scoring punch in a sign-and-trade (Korver and Morrow from Atlanta?).
The availability of Derrick Williams seemed to have little impact on the Lakers before the trade deadline this year. Although he averaged a semi-respectable 12 points and 6 boards filling in for Kevin Love, he is firmly behind Love on the depth chart and now that the small forward experiment is without a doubt over, his $5 million would be better spent elsewhere and his opportunity could be in Mike D’Antoni’s smallish lineup.
With Kobe Bryant spending the majority of next season recovering from injury, the Lakers situation has changed quite a bit. They’ll be more dependent on their bigs and Steve Nash, and will be in need of opportunistic scoring. Williams could fill the same offensive black hole with anemic rebounding-role A’mare Stoudemire once did alongside Steve Nash in Phoenix.
The Wolves could throw in Luke Ridnour, Greg Stiemsma, Alexey Shved and UCLA alum Malcolm Lee and they could cut half of them or send Ridnour back up to Portland where he and Shved could fetch them Wesley Matthews.
Wait. Why don’t the Wolves just go after Wesley Matthews and keep Pek?