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Adelman wants some veterans on the T-Wolves next year

Apr 25, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio AP

Minnesota is a team on the rise — Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio give them a base of young stars, Nikola Pekovic is a solid big to put in the middle, the there are guys like Derrick Johnson who is developing and Wes Johnson (more question marks there) rounding out a young roster.

What would speed the Wolves maturation process along is some veterans on the roster.

Which is exactly what coach Rick Adelman told the Star-Tribune he would push for (with smart comments in the first graph from beat writer Jerry Zgoda).

Somehow, someway, the Wolves must come away from this summer considerably improved, whether it’s by developing Williams and Johnson, dealing a young player(s) and draft picks for a veteran player or signing a veteran free agent. Any of the three ways can change the complexion of a team that veteran J.J. Barea the other night said has too few players who care enough about winning.

“We have to be aggressive in all those areas,” Adelman said. “We still have a really nice core group. We’ve got to get them healthy and we’ve got to add to those people.”

The bottom line is this — David Kahn, for all his bad moves, has built a nice your core. The question is now can he develop it? This is Kahn we are talking about.

  1. ambitoos - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Adelman will make that team winners if the get the players that he wants. He’s a damned good coach. He and Popovich are the best in the league.

  2. moseskkim - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Gotta develop Derrick johnson a lot. Never heard of him Haha

  3. therealhtj - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    They could use a good SG that’s not built like a PG. Tell that to Barea.

  4. brianjoates - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Brinkley, Brokaw, Costas and the list can go on and on, just have a bit of respect for those who came before you and worked hard representing the NBC brand. You can’t even take the time to get Derrick Williams name right when talking about the team, you put Derrick Johnson. Its not like Williams is some scrub they got lucky with on a 10 day contract. You represent NBC, not some startup.

    • robforman - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      The lack of professional standards on this site is astounding, especially on Helin’s articles. Disgraceful, actually. I’m surprised NBC doesn’t have anybody reviewing their sites for quality control purposes.

  5. 28loose - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    They clearly didn’t hire Kurt because of his editorial and grammar skills.

  6. rubberinnertube - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Kurt’s prose is generally journalistic fecal matter. I can’t recall the last time he posted something sans errors.

  7. rubberinnertube - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I should say the content is generally interesting enough. It’s simply not written all that well.

  8. redbullenergydrink - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Love, Rubio, Williams, Beasley and Pekovic. These are the Timberwolves’ top 5 players. As long as they can keep this core together, great things are coming.

    • rooney24 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Highly doubt Beasley is brought back next year. Maybe if he would take a pay cut from the qualifying offer they would have to pay him ($8.1million, I believe), but even then Love, Beasley, and Williams are too many guys for two positions.

      • redbullenergydrink - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        Yeah, $8mil for Beasley is too much. He’s got to restructure that. Most likely, he’ll test free agency.

  9. ynotq - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Maybe they can con KG back from Boston

    • rooney24 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Garnett has burned some bridges with some of his comments. I can’t see him coming back to a rebuild project. If he does change teams, I would think he would want to chase a ring.

  10. dclogicatlast - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Garnett! Perfect winning attitude and great comeback story. Too bad the Nets will give him tons of $$$.

  11. rooney24 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Wes Johnson sucked this season. I don’t know why he started nearly every game. He didn’t do any one thing exceptionally well, and couldn’t shoot at all.

  12. vikingsinla - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    The Wolves really aren’t that far from being a seriously legit playoff team, even in the hyper-competitive West. Should they land Nic Batum or Eric Gordon, and Rubio comes back to fulfill his rookie promise, look out.

  13. rgledz - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Hilarious! This guy rips Kahn and then finishes up with he has “built a nice your core” He sure has built a nice your core……..that Derrick Johnson is on the rise too. Clean up your own house before you comment on somebody else’s Kurt.

    • Josh - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      Plus, since when is the GM asked to develop his players? Isn’t that what you hire a coaching staff for?

  14. foozeball - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Sometimes I think NBC purposely allows these terribly written articles through to humor themselves

  15. drunkenjunk - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Hey NBC, fire Kurt’s lazy @$$. You can pay someone 1/2 the money who won’t make the grammatical/stupid mistakes Kurt makes, at least 2 times per article.

  16. btwicey - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    It’s so nice to see the wolves back to almost contenders again, Its been 6 long years for us fans . Promising times ahead

  17. cosmicatomic - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    lol at “Derrick Johnson”. The former Texas Longhorn linebacker?

    Kurttles doesn’t put any effort into his articles unless it’s in his LeBron James groupie articles.

    Even more ridiculous is the notion that Wes Johnson is a legit rebuilding piece. The guy is not even a top-100 wing in the NBA. He’s just horrible and he’s a lost cause.

  18. jlcarbone - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    The T’pups need to go after Gerald Wallace and have him play the 2! Let Beasley go, let Barea go, force Darko to go.

  19. fanz928 - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Ray allen

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