So. That was exhilarating. New starting wings for the Wolves? Check.
Retaining Chase and nabbing the Thunder’s replacement for James Harden should satisfy Flip Saunders jones for shooting, some. Gonna put some strains on the defense, but the offense should hum like nothing Minnesota basketball fans have ever seen.
Martin’s defense has always left much to be desired, but check his shot chart from last year. Per nba.com
That thing is beautiful. Exactly 50% from corner 3s. Obviously he favors a side, but c’mon. Martin will be shooting a few of those in Rick Adelman’s system. Which, by the way, he has ran once or twice before. (Stops in Sacramento and Houston.) So things will hum.
Details of the deals. Tweets are putting Martin at 4 years and $28 million and Chase at 3 years and $16, meaning 7 per and 5.3 per. Chase got an option on his third year. You can interpret that to mean he gets to jump ship with Kevin Love. Or he gets to jump ship with Ricky Rubio. But I think it means he gets to leave if Adelman is no longer aboard.
The bitterness of paying for draft failures should sting. It just hurts that the Wolves will be paying for it this year. Where’s the perimeter defense now? Andrei Kirilenko was a savior and Ricky is going to feel pretty lonesome on that end. Gorgui Dieng will be nice from time to time, but there’s some question marks.
Luke Ridnour is most likely to be the next bit of business as the lineup gets balanced. He was linked to Milwaukee’s Ekpe Udoh before the draft and rumored to be interesting enough to other teams to fetch something more. If it’s more than Ronnie Brewer or Mbah a Moute, I’ll be somewhat satisfied.
Matt Barnes is still out there. Should be for weeks.