Twitters is saying the Wolves are set to deal Luke Ridnour to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Ekpe Udoh.
Getting rid of one of the four or five point guards on the roster not named Ricky Rubio is a great way to begin your NBA Draft night. Ridnour’s $4.3 million contract expires after the 2013-14 season, (and it’s a shame he will be on the way out instead of J.J. Barea) but the exchange for Udoh’s $4.4 million expiring contract after the 2013-14 season fits perfectly as the Bucks would be able to move one of their 4 or 5 long, athletic centers not named LARRY SANDERS!
Synergy. Or something. Regardless, Udoh would make for a monster 3rd big off the bench — and soothe all those naysayers who pick on Pek and Love for not being shot-blocking bigs. At 2.7 blocks per 30 minutes, Udoh is a bonafide shot blocker.
The real bloom off the turd blossom would be the (really, really) persistent rumor that the Wolves will be shipping their 26 pick from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Brooklyn Nets. This was rumored earlier but is now a piece of the Wolves doing their part to help facilitate the Nets bid to bring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, post-Doc Rivers exit to Los Angeles.
This crap is just gross. I don’t want to touch it. I don’t want to facilitate East Coast Shuffling. I don’t want Brooks. Zach Harper extrapolates…
With the 26th pick in the draft, I would advise not to expect the Wolves to pick anybody that makes sense. Why is that, you say? According to a couple of sources (I sound so reporter-y!), this pick is going to be traded and we shouldn’t expect the pick to be made by the Wolves. Doesn’t mean they’ll trade it before the pick is made. Remember the Ty Lawson thing? It’s kind of like that. The Wolves will probably pick someone and ship the draft rights of said selection to another team. It sounds like that other team will be the Brooklyn Nets. The deal would likely be something like Mickael Gelabale and the pick for MarShon Brooks, but I can’t get confirmation on that.
I like MarShon Brooks and definitely wanted him on the team in 2011 with the 20th pick. If all of this is true (and we’ll get into it with a trade post if this does in fact go down), you’re basically trying to figure out if there was a better player than Brooks available at 26. In this draft? Probably not. But is there a better fit available if someone like Allen Crabbe, Tim Hardaway, Jr., or Glen Rice, Jr. is out there? That’s the question I have. Brooks is a scorer but can’t shoot from outside. Wolves need offense, but they also need spacing. I just don’t know that he fits or is the type of guy Rick Adelman will give a lot of leeway to on the court.