just saw this thread tonight...
the wolves got the best deal they could barring a trade for lesser players with equally crippling contracts.
i give the wolves 4-8 years before they can really make the playoffs as contenders. now they have young talent, but there are other teams with better young talent.
they still owe the clippers a 1st round pick and they still have 3-4 bad long term contracts (mark blount, marko jaric, trenton hassell, etc.) that have little to no trade value.
they went from being heavy at the 1, to overstocked at the 2/3 and undersized 4.
my biggest concern now is with garnett going, whether or not they regret not drafting brandan wright or al thornton now instead of corey brewer. for a team that struggles putting points on the board, i'm curious as to the brewer choice. well, i'm still curious on the foye vs. roy trade as well
i still think the wolves are one serious move away from contending. it's yet to be determined the key factor they will be missing, but it will be apparent ~20 games in. i believe it will have to do with stagnant offense and inability to create shots. a true creating point guard that can slash the lane and dish comes to mind...
garnett has finally found his niche. 3rd option. as long as he can put up 11+ boards per night (at least 4 on offense) he will flourish picking up garbage buckets and open shots on ball rotations as well as mismatched 1 on 1 baseline posts. key for him will be being able to anticipate the different types of rebounds that will happen from pierce's shots vs. allen's shots. pierce leaves lots of long rebounds, allen has more vertical bounces.
i'm wagering his numbers this year will be ~19 points 11 rebounds 6 assists. i also have the feeling that pierce, allen, and garnett will age a lot this year if they all end up playing 39+ minutes a game.