Die. A rumor is not a rumor that doesn’t die. I know, I was gonna be positive this weekend, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Like the Wolves reported interest in O.J. Mayo.
I’ll save the apocalyptic screed for further evidence, but should the Wolves somehow fail to retain Andrei Kirilenko or work out a modest deal keeping him here a few years and still manage to overspend on Mayo, it could be grounds for divorce.
There are multiple wings who actually are 3-point specialists who could be had for fractions of the cost it would take to splurge on Mayo. Anthony Morrow was had for a 2nd rounder last year. Is Mayo even a better player than Jerryd Bayless at this point? Memphis would say no. Why does everyone clamor for a chucker and then chase him out of town? (Are these the same people who imagine fadeaway jumpers from 20+ feet are the only game winning shots possible?) Why?
So many spluttering thoughts, I have to move on.
The headline of Doogie’s Scoops column and Hoopshype’s weekend starter is the Orlando Magic have leaked from their perch at the #2 overall position in June 27th’s NBA Draft that they are open to trading back in it.
Cue the Victor Oladipo dream machine! and note he hasn’t worked out for the Wolves yet. But if he were it would be assumed Team Oladipo had attained evidence the Wolves had a deal in the works in which the Wolves could move up and take the Magic, Washington Wizards or Charlotte Hornets’ two, three or four-spot in the draft.
Is your heart rate raised even a little?
This is for me and my ilk’s own good: Don’t get too excited. It’s always a possibility the Wolves could make a deal jettisoning their “young talent” like Derrick Williams (and…. and….. is he all the young available talent?) and a buyer’s choice of steady veteran hands (Ridnour, Barea) or a modest expiring option contract (Steamer?) in exchange for taking on a overpaid and underperforming player to be named and the pick high enough to nab Oladipo. Of course it’s a possibility. Let’s leave it at that.