First, I gotta say welcome back to our friends coming back from China. Yes, that means you, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.
We all know already that K-Mart is already suited in a Clippers jersey, but will J.R. team up once again with Kenyon, Billups, and CP3. J.R. is probably one of the best dunkers and shooters of the last five years. Five teams are reported, by Yahoo.com, to be after Smith, those teams are: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Indiana Pacers. The only question about this evaluation is if he wants a ring, money, or more playing time. The Pacers would be the team to offer money, they have 14 million laying around waiting to be spent by Larry Bird. The Clippers offer the strong possibility of a championship ring for the veteran. Last, but not least, the T-Wolves offer playing time. Now, if I know J.R. Smith, (and I do pretty well) I would think he would be after the money that Larry Legend is sure to offer. That’s just me though, tell me what you think J.R. will want.
Firing T-Wolves coach, Kurt Rambis, was a great move by Minnesota seeing that now they have plenty of talent in their new addition Derrick Williams.
It looks like the only thing holding this team down is a good coach. It is a little late to find one now though, but I am sure the Wolves can take their coaching a step higher without Rambis. If you look at the new Minneapolis line-up it looks pretty deadly. I’m still on the fence about Rubio being a franchise guy, but Derrick will definitely one day be an all-star. The last move the Wolves need to make is getting a good center. Darko Milicic was supposed to be the one last season, but he greatly dissapointed. A person the Wolves could look at purchasing though is DeAndre Jordan. With his shot blocking and strong post moves DeAndre would be a perfect match with Kevin Love.
I don’t want people thinking that the Wolves will make the playoffs this season, but it could be a strong possibiltiy if they put the right pieces together.
European sensation Ricky Rubio has finally come to the NBA, but does anyone think he will actually put up numbers. He averaged only 6 points a game in Europe. So how is he supposed to be the answer to the Wolves problems ? I expect Rubio to not be even close to as good as some of the other European imports the NBA has caught up with in the last few years. The only good guys that come from Europe anyway are the tall guys such as: Bargnani,Nowitzki,and Ilyasova who has not even proven his right to be in the NBA. Only time will tell if Rubio is for real.