Some nice positive thinking over at Canis Hoopus considering the Nikola Pekovic restricted free agency situation that looms over every action Flip Saunders and the Minnesota Timberwolves take as they embark upon their first summer together.
Nice and positive and exhaustive, I should say. There’s a list of every team’s bigs, the draft’s options for bigs, the big needs of every NBA team, and this explanation:
The point I’m trying to make with all of this is that there is going to be, by my count 23 (not including Pek) significant (my opinion) center/pfs entering the FA market. This includes big men such as; Josh Smith, Andrew Bynum, David West, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap, Tiago Splitter, Timofey Mozgov,B.J. Mullens, and J.J. Hickson. Then adding that to the 12-14 new big men entering the league through this draft. You are talking about up to 37 big men of varying value becoming available to this group of FA spenders. (I’m going to ignore the possibility of the potential Amnesty candidates I’ve identified above). Then if you take into account that there is (according to DX) the possibility that another 14 PF/Cs will be available in the 2014 draft. While not all of these players will obviously contribute in a significant way it outlines a significant point I am trying to make. I don’t think there will be a team that will make a very concerted effort to chase after our favorite big man. There is also the fact that there are other significant FAs this summer that would take attention away from Pek, such as Andre Iguodala and Chris Paul.
Positive thinking, while it may save your situational sanity, it doesn’t allow you to escape reality. And the Wolves’ reality is that many of those free agent bigs are going nowhere, many of those bigs you could draft as a back-up plan are not all going to be an NBA-ready option next year and — hey, here’s the one reality we Minnesotans keep turning into a negative for some reason — we have a solid, NBA-ready, starting-caliber center on the roster already. No need to find one, just keep him.