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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-04-28


Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-04-28


Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-04-28
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Al Jefferson. The Wolves' entire season can be divided into two sections: With Al, and Without Al. With him, the Wolves have a future All Star and a lethal low-post scorer who demands double- and triple-teams every night. Without him, the Wolves lacked their cornerstone and a purpose. Their 10-2 start in January was predicated around playing off the big guy.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Mike Miller. He might have been the team's best all-around player many nights and still was its most disappointing because he did everything all season except what the Wolves acquired him for from Memphis last summer: Shoot and score. The guy whose three-point shooting was supposed to spread the floor for big Al Jefferson passed and rebounded and refused to shoot almost all season. You figured he'd be the team's second scoring option to Jefferson and he finished sixth on the team in scoring, with a 9.9 point average, a career low.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Rodney Carney, Kevin Ollie, Shelden Williams and Jason Collins all will be unrestricted free agents this summer. So much depends on who is hired to replace Kevin McHale as the team's vice president of basketball operations. Rodney Carney is the most likely to be re-signed, depending upon who the Wolves use their three first-round draft picks. Ollie gave the team a steady veteran influence and could return if the team keeps most of its current management. Bobby Brown has a player option in his contract, which he almost certainly will exercise.

PLAYER NEWS:

--F Kevin Love will split his off-season between his new home in Los Angeles and Minnesota and calls this summer "perhaps the biggest of my career."

He slimmed down from 270 pounds at season's start to 255 by its end and says he hopes to be lean and mean and 245 pounds by training camp next season.

Love set the team rookie record for most double-doubles in a season with 29 and wants to transform his body so the undersized power forward can "play more above the rim."

"You'll see him lean out," coach Kevin McHale said. "He's 20. You'll see it and you won't even recognize it. It's kind of like us getting fat as we get older. You won't recognize it until it gets too late and you say, 'What happened?' You won't recognize it until you look back at the pictures."

--G Kevin Ollie, a 12-year NBA veteran, will return home to Connecticut now that the season has ended and discuss with his family whether he will play a 13th season.

"I would like to play; my wife doesn't want me to play," Ollie said. "There will be some negotiation in the Ollie household. She might put the full-court press on and send the kids in there one by one. It might be tough."

Asked if he thinks there's any chance he could play for the Wolves again, Ollie said, "I have no idea. I'll definitely leave my options open. I've really enjoyed my time here with the coaching staff and the organization."

--G Mike Miller's wife and children have lived all season in Memphis and he still is uncertain where they will be next season, his 10th in the NBA.

He has one season left at $9.75 million on his contract and could be a valuable trade piece depending on who is making the decisions in the team's front office come time for the June draft.

"You just never know what's going to happen," Miller said. "I've got a year left on my contract. Sometimes it's a lot easier for me to sacrifice than to move the kids if something would happen. You've got to do what's best for your family. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

"I'm happy where I'm at, as long as we make moves to get better. My job is to be a Minnesota Timberwolf. They've done a lot for me."

MEDICAL WATCH:

--F Al Jefferson underwent season-ending surgery the third week of February to repair a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament and has started on a six-to-eight month rehabilitation program that might see him miss some of training camp but which he promises will have him ready for next season's opener.

--F Corey Brewer underwent the same season-ending surgery Jefferson had to repair a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament, only he had his in December so he's two months ahead of Jefferson. Brewer has been running and jumping and shooting and said he expects to recover fully by the start of training camp.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: April 28, 2009

 

 
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