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Joe Alexander works out with the Timberwolves. This is not a joke.

Aug 9, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

joe_alexander.jpgNo jokes, no slights, just facts.

Joe Alexander was selected with the 8th pick in the 2008 draft. He has played for two seasons with two different teams, and was denied a team option for his third and fourth seasons, despite rookie scale contracts being the most affordable. Alexander has played in 67 total games over his two seasons, despite being healthy during most of that span. His measurables at the combine suggest that Alexander is an above average NBA athlete, but his NBA production thus far does not indicate a successful translation of those physical gifts.

Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes, and Kevin Love were the leaders in minutes played among Minnesota forwards last season. Gomes has since been traded. The Timberwolves have acquired Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson, Anthony Tolliver, Martell Webster, Nikola Pekovic, and Lazar Hayward to fill the Gomes void. There are only 96 total minutes to be played per game between both forward slots.

David Kahn and Kurt Rambis have brought in Joe Alexander for a workout, despite the fact that there may be six players on the depth chart ahead of him should he be signed. Bringing Alexander in for a workout is not the same as signing him to a contract, but…COME ON. Do the sizes, skill sets, and relative talents of the current team mean nothing? Is there any rhyme or reason to the hoarding of similar players, particularly when the rest of the roster has such glaring problems?

If we’re being completely factual and objective, this workout makes zero sense for Minnesota. If you allow an even more nuanced understanding of the Timberwolves situation to “taint” that objectivity, it somehow makes even less sense. There’s no point in criticizing any GM over an end-of-the-bench move, much less a workout that could decide one. Still: Joe Alexander? Really?

  1. adam - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Simple answer to your question. D-League.

  2. SIMPLE - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    “There’s no point in criticizing any GM over an end-of-the-bench move, much less a workout that could decide one.”
    well put…how is this a news story…unless you like it because you like to make a issue over everymove Kahn makes because most all media wish you could move your career from web news regurgitator to a NBA GM

  3. LBC Phil - Aug 9, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    As an LA guy I love Rambis and wish him the best. I just don’t understand how he expects this team to come together without seriously addressing the homogeneous skill sets of the players under contract. Its like they are building a volleyball team instead of a basketball team, there is simply a disconnect which does not reflect the reality of the specialist driven modern NBA.

  4. JT - Aug 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Rob, do you really think that the Timberwolves brought in Pekovik to replace Gomes? Maybe you should try writing about something that you know something about. Pekovik is a banger who plays the center position. To further clear things up, Webster and Brewer play shooting guard, Wes Johnson and Beasley will play the small forward and Tolliver will back up Love at power forward. I realize that some of these players are versatile enough to play other positions, but I don’t think their size and skill sets are as similar they are made out to be in this story.

  5. Ryan - Aug 11, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that he was hurt for almost his entire second season. You say he was healthy most of the time. idk

  6. BillyDeeWilliams - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Piling on the Wolves for the sake of piling on the Wolves. What a waste. Trashing this team is the cool thing to do these days. Congrats on being boring and unimaginative…particularly with something as irrelevant as this.

  7. Rob Mc - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Worthless Article. Uninformed…serious lack of background knowledge. Well documented in the blog.

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