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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-06-05

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-06-05

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-06-05
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.


--F Kevin Love has spent his off-season's first seven weeks mainly in Los Angeles and attended Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center. He did some video work for NBA. com, as he has done occasionally during the playoffs, and sat next to former NBA great Bob Lanier at the Lakers' series-opening victory over Orlando.

--F Al Jefferson is the only Wolves player who has met at length so far with new president of basketball operations David Kahn, who took over as boss on May 22.

--F Rodney Carney, an unrestricted free agent come July 1, was at Target Center working out June 2 and said hello briefly to Kahn. Kahn said he has not met with more players because he is busy preparing for the June 25 draft and because he plans to wait on that until July because the team's roster could change noticeably by then.


--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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