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Draft night trades: Martell Webster traded from Minnesota for Ryan Gomes, Babbitt

Jun 25, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for timberwolves_logo.gifIf there is one thing David Kahn believes in, it’s getting a lot of players for one position on draft night.

The Timberwolves drafted the small forward they were hoping to get — Wesley Johnson at No. 4 — but they also traded for another one in getting Martell Webster out of Portland.

The deal sends Webster to Minnesota in exchange for Ryan Gomes and the rights to Luke Babbitt, who was picked 16th overall.

It seems Minnesota may have overpaid for Webster (or Kevin Pritchard won on . He’s a solid small forward — decent shooter, have to respect him from three, but turns the ball over too much and is not a great rebounder. He’s never lived up quite to what you think he could be, but he’s respectable.

It might have been a fair swap for Luke Babbitt, the Nevada player who rocketed up everyone’s draft board once they got him in workouts. He’s a good shooter, one who has to prove he is athletic enough to get his shot off in the NBA. But he impressed those who saw him.

But Minnesota added Ryan Gomes to the deal. A small forward who is just about as good a shooter as Webster, about as good a rebounder, turns the ball over a little too much, and… yes, that sounds familiar. Webster is more aggressive on offense, but Webster is not some massive upgrade here.

I really try not to rip Minnesota on draft nights, but they just make it too impossible not to. Kahn talks about wanting to build a running team but he brings in a coach in Kurt Rambis who wants to run the triangle. Yes, the fast break and getting out in transition is one of the basic principles of the triangle as Tex Winter drew it up (sort of, he really stole and modified it), but it’s a different kind of running than you see with other teams. You don’t do it with a traditional point guard. Which they stockpile in Minnesota, too.

Not sure what the plan is in Minnesota. Not sure why they made this trade. Not sure about anything anymore.

  1. BG - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Title is wrong. Webster was traded FROM Portland, not Minnesota.

  2. Matt - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Not sure you’re competent enough in basketball to be a basketball journalist, Gomes won’t be staying in Portland, otherwise they’ll owe him almost $5M next year, they’ll release him by July 1st. As for Babbitt, he’s a 3/4 tweener, just like Gomes, too slow to guard 3s, to small to guard 4s, the Wolves didn’t need another slow footed, unathletic player like Babbitt, they have two already in Jefferson and Love. They especially don’t need under the rim players on the wing like Babbitt once Rubio is here, that’s why they received a talented near 40% 3 shooting Webster, who has very good to great athleticism while also being a very good defender. I’m sure you didn’t know Webster’s natural position is the 2 and he didn’t get a lot of minutes there because they had Brandon Roy. Don’t be too quick to make judgments when you don’t have all your facts straight.

  3. Matt - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Not sure you’re competent enough in basketball to be a basketball journalist, Gomes won’t be staying in Portland, otherwise they’ll owe him almost $5M next year, they’ll release him by July 1st. As for Babbitt, he’s a 3/4 tweener, just like Gomes, too slow to guard 3s, to small to guard 4s, the Wolves didn’t need another slow footed, unathletic player like Babbitt, they have two already in Jefferson and Love. They especially don’t need under the rim players on the wing like Babbitt once Rubio is here, that’s why they received a talented near 40% 3 shooting Webster, who has very good to great athleticism while also being a very good defender. I’m sure you didn’t know Webster’s natural position is the 2 and he didn’t get a lot of minutes there because they had Brandon Roy. Don’t be too quick to make judgments when you don’t have all your facts straight.

  4. Nathan Begley (PRS) - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    So, this Matt guy is a Wolves fan eh? He’s definitely not a Blazer fan or he’d know that Webster doesn’t have the handles to be a 2. He’s awfully defensive of a terrible trade.

  5. dustin maneesoff - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Dear Matt, you are foolish.. Martell is a C+ player and that is being generous. He is extremely streaky and inconsistent. Ya he has his days but that’s what inconsistency is, weird how that works huh? Being a native to stump town i have watched him play many times and i applaud Kev. Pritch for dumping him. Hopefully you are indeed from Minnesota and you will get to see him play.. And most likely, also be disappointed

  6. S Dee Dee - Jun 25, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Martell Webster is a Bad Mother. Superb trade. He’s so much better than Gomer it’s not even funny.

  7. Mike - Jul 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Martell never got a chance in Portland. He never got his rythm or confidence due to fragmented minutes. He is very talented.

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