It us unbelievable to me that K.G has stayed loyal to the franchise when they have done absolutely nothing to help him.
i believe he understands that his contract has severely hurt any chance of building a significant contender around him, as well as being traded to a team where he would have his best suited role (as a SF/PF and #2 scoring option on a team w/ a superstar, or a #3 scoring option on a team w/ 2 stars).
yes, he was willing to take a pay cut to sign a 3-year $60M extension heh. but like seriously though, if he retires w/ the wolves, never reaching the finals or winning a title, he can sit back in his mansion content with the 190 million reasons he received to stick with em.
they did stuff to help him, but then when it didn't work, they f'd up big time. garnett worked better w/ gugliotta at the post... googs didn't want to play w/ marbury, so they let googs go and then 4 months later traded marbury... i still don't get how when someone else trades marbury in the 90's they get jason kidd but when we trade him we get terrell brandon.
they brought in bobby jackson... then refused to pay him $3M a year... they bring in chauncey billups... and refused to commit to starting him (when terrell brandon MIGHT return) and he had only asked for $4M a year... but they bring in troy hudson and pay him $5M a year. i believe trenton hassell would have signed a ~4-year ~$2M per year deal, but instead we had to let the market dictate his value and have portland offer him $27M over 5 (or was it 6? either way too much). when that happened i said let him walk. if he had a 3 pointer he'd have value slightly below bruce bowen or shane battier. with only 16-18' of range he's a shorter version of tyrone hill without the rebounding.
spree and cassell were good pickups and eased the pain of not picking up nick van exel the year before. it was nice to see what KG could do during a season surrounded by athleticism and a go to scorer (cassell).
jaric wasn't a bad pickup, and i'm glad we shipped off wally white men can't jump, but we gave up way too much to unload those packages and proved to me that mchale is actually a worse gm than danny ainge.
the biggest kicker this year was when joe smith's contract was worth enough to land iverson HEH.
i believe casey is part of the problem too, not willing to play foye/mccants enough to put butts in the seats. if yer just going to blow a 72 point lead going into the fourth quarter with the starters in, maybe the wrong people are starting? i don't care if eddie griffin is a piss poor driver while masturbating to porno at 2am, what i do care about is that he's probably the 4th best player on the team and gets less run than a quadriplegic. if we have no intent to keep him, why not boost his value and trade him?
all in all, the wolves have a ton of long term overpriced contracts and very little athleticism or shooting ability.
it's only a matter of days before jaric gets shipped off to detroit, but nazr mohammad is not an appealing answer to me... and after the other night's altercation, a package (including ~3 second round draft choices and a throw in for salary purposes) for antonio mcdyess is pretty much out of the question (although i'd be wlling to wager that mcdyess + garnett = 40 points a night + 20 rebounds).