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Why on earth is Minnesota meeting with David Lee?

Jul 3, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for timberwolves_logo.gifSo you’re David Kahn. You’ve just signed Darko Milicic for $20 million. You drafted a 23-year-old combo wing the same night you traded for Martell Webster (and drafted another small forward). You have one significant trade chip, Al Jefferson, who’s a phenomenal young player that for some reason you don’t want and who has great trade value, except you’ve buried it because you’ve tried offloading him too hard. So what’s your next move after locking up all your cap space?

Inviting David Lee for a meeting, of course!

The Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that Mark Bartlestein, Lee’s agent confirmed that Lee is still meeting with the Timberwolves today despite the fact that the Wolves have less than $7 million in cap space after their offseason moves thus far. So why is Lee headed up north?

The Wolves could conceivably trade Al Jefferson and cap space to New York in a sign-and-trade for Lee.

That’s right. David Kahn could be looking at trading a versatile offensive post player whose defense he questions for a talented, high-function power-forward whose defense is questioned by everyone else.

Lee’s rebounding numbers are terrific,and he’s certainly worth a hefty contract, much bigger than the one-year deal the Knicks tossed at him last year. But Minnesota makes no sense. For Lee, or the Wolves. And certainly not for Kevin Love, who has to wonder what in Kevin McHale’s name he’s got to do in order to garner significant support from the Wolves.

In the words of many, many of my colleagues:


  1. Matt Moore for President - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    You’re a little child, Matty. Let the adults figure everything out. If you’re a good boy, maybe Daddy will let you have a treat.

  2. Knicks4Life - Jul 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    I think Matt could be on to something. That would create a formidable frontcourt for the Knicks and the Wolves get something back in return. Now how to address the point guard situation? hhmmm!!!!!

  3. Mike - Jul 3, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Jefferson for Lee S/T
    sign Amar’e and Joe Johnson
    trade Curry and Chandler to SA for Parker
    Knicks 2010 lineup
    C – Jefferson
    PF – Amare
    SF – Gallo
    SG – JJ
    PG – Parker
    definitely a team to watch in 2010…

  4. Nostradamus - Jul 5, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Here’s the point: acquiring Lee long term then makes Love a trade asset. If he can, Kahn will trade Jefferson for an expiring contract so that he can sign Lee long term. At that point, he will turn around and offer New Orleans Love, Brewer, and the rights to Rubio for CP3. Here would be the T-Wolves roster including depth:
    PG – Paul/Flynn/Sessions
    SG – Webster/Ellington/Sessions
    SF – Johnson/Webster
    PF – Lee/Pek
    C – Darko/Pek
    Rubio who? The Wolves wouldn’t have any money left, but they have a young complimentary lineup: 1 superstar(CP), 1 perennial all-star(Lee), quality athletic role-players(et al), and some younger players who could develop into strengths(Johnson/Flynn) or other trade assets for future roster considerations.
    This would benefit the Hornets as well, as long as they’ve decided to devote a few years to shuffling the pieces around in order to create a contender. They would have the assets to turn the corner faster rather than simply blow it all up and start over. It would be a win/win for both sides.

  5. Pat - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Ugh, what a dumb post, if I want to read questionable Wolves analysis that involves the expert science of just counting the number of players that play the same position, I’ll go read Bill Simmons, at least he also offers some originality, unlike this tool. Really lazy work here.

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