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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-05-29

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-05-29

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-05-29
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: David Kahn's hiring will most impact unrestricted free agent Rodney Carney, who found a place in Kevin McHale's rotation and heart last season with his athleticism, three-point shooting and defense, and veterans Brian Cardinal and Mike Miller. Cardinal and Miller both have one year remaining on their contracts at significant salaries -- Cardinal at $6.75 million, Miller at $9.75 million -- and could be used as pieces in significant trades this summer. Unrestricted free agents Kevin Ollie, Shelden Williams and Jason Collins all are unlikely to return.


--The Wolves sent rookie Kevin Love to the NBA draft lottery on May 18 with his lucky nail clipper (long story) in hand, but the charmed former UCLA star couldn't do any better than Randy Foye did two years ago by bringing water blessed in France at Lourdes or assistant GM Fred Hoiberg did last year by bringing a sick child's lucky teddy bear.

The Wolves still haven't improved their draft position now after 13 lottery appearances. They dropped a spot from the league's fifth-worst record to the draft's sixth position.

"No need to talk about it," Love posted on the social-networking Internet site Twitter shortly after the lottery results were revealed on an ESPN broadcast. "I apologize to all my Timberwolves fans out there. I knew I should have eaten my Lucky Charms this morning."

--F Ryan Gomes was in Minneapolis for the week and working out with rehabilitating Corey Brewer and Al Jefferson when he learned during a morning visit to Target Center that his team had a new basketball boss in David Kahn.

"It did take quite awhile, but I guess better late than never," Gomes said. "The draft is coming up fast. I'm glad something got done. We sat back watching and reading and wondering what was going to happen."

Gomes said he and his teammates still would like to see Kevin McHale return to coach.

"Of course we'd love to see him back," Gomes said. "Hopefully he'll be coaching us next year at training camp. We had a little success with him until Al (Jefferson) got hurt."


--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.

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