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Would the Wolves choose Darko over Kevin Love?

Mar 21, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

The Wolves have made their fair share of interesting decisions in the first year under David Kahn. Drafting Ricky Rubio when there were indications he may not elect to cross the ocean. Then drafting another point guard in Jonny Flynn. Then signing another point guard in Ramon Sessions.

And that’s before you get into signing a coach who runs a difficult and complicated system that’s never been successfully replicated without either the #1 or #2 player in the league, or the myriad issures around possibly looking to trade Al Jefferson.

But there could be another bizarre decision on the horizon. Choosing Darko Milicic over Kevin Love.

Jerry Zigoda of the Star Tribune tells of a conversation with Darko regarding his decision of whether to return to Europe next year or re-sign with the Wolves, who obviously wanted him after trading for him and giving him minutes. The question was framed as whether he would return if given a starting job and promised 35 minutes a game. Darko said yes, because, well, that’s a pretty sweet deal. He even said money wasn’t a huge factor there.

Sounds like a nice recovery story. Except there’s one little problem. Where does that leave Kevin Love and/or Al Jefferson?

Kevin Love has randomly wound up playing fewer and fewer minutes as the season has gone on, though he always produces on the floor. He’s a terrific rebounder, a versatile scorer, a great passer, and shows all kinds of upside. But he’s in the doghouse.

There’s no indication from the Wolves that they would be willing to give Darko such assurances, and in fact, it’s unlikely they’d move forward with such a risky move. Then again, taking a look at the decisions they’ve made so far, we might not want to discount anything. If they did decide to commit to Darko, you can be sure that’s the end of either Love or Jefferson in Minnesota. Those two are too talented to be relegated to sixth men roles.

  1. mac - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    I simply don’t get what the Wolves are doing with Kevin Love. Some say he and Al can’t co-exist on the floor (on the defensive side). Are they thinking Darko will be a better option there? Hmmm

  2. Jay - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    There is no question that the wolves need a true center alongside al/love, but why mess with it now when its the best combo you have at 4/5. Ideally, the are both PF’s, and thats where the problem is. I could easily see them dealing one of the two this summer to solidify the C position and add a wing. I’m not sure if they think darko is there best chance at that center spot next yr and so they are trying to make him happy knowing that they will deal one of the PFs in the summer or what but I wish I could see the future!

  3. Randall - Mar 22, 2010 at 5:34 AM

    They won’t be able to trade Darko (teams want him but never play him, he won’t go). Love’s still cheap. Byebye AJ.

  4. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Maybe Rambis can suit up and play center. He was pretty good at smacking people around in the day…

  5. Rob Mc - Mar 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I see them giving a lot of minutes to big Al because they want to test his knee out and showcase his talent. I think they will trade big Al. He is healthy now. He is also a very big guy and knee problems can follow a person around…especially a basketball player. I think they know what they have in Love and he plays very well with Darko. I see them drafting a young big to back up Darko. I see a lot of possibilities open up when you start looking at trading big Al. They need more speed and atheliticism, they need better defenders, they need players that bring the team together. Darko is a good passer…so is KLove. They have a very good swing man is the dude from Floria. They need to defend a lot better…Al has gotta go. Sad…he is a great guy! Maybe we just keep them all. I am okay with that. He has to learn to defend if he stays. Period. They need a point guard that can pass the ball and make everyone better around him. I don’t think they have found

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