Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Timberwolves and Free Agent Guard Mo Williams Agree to 1 Year Deal

Yesterday, it was reported by the all mighty powerful Woj (real name Adrian Wojnarowski, of Yahoo Sports) that the Timberwolves and free agent veteran point guard Mo Williams agreed to a 1 year 3.75 million dollar contract.

The former Portland Trail Blazer gives the Wolves a solid backup point guard to play behind Ricky Rubio, and more importantly, likely provides the second unit with much more stable play – especially compared to that of JJ Barea, who was at times erratic and appeared to hijack possessions.

My thoughts on the signing?

Cool since it’s a one year deal under 4 million. But honestly, all that the move means, is that the Wolves are likely making another move. The Wolves have a log jam at guard at the moment -- Mo Williams, Alexey Shved, Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, JJ Barea. In order to have a more balanced roster, one of those players has got to go. And signs point to the Wolves likely getting rid of Barea or Shved. Which one? Now that remains to be seen.      

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zach LaVine is your soon to be 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Champion

Hi there Timberwolves fans. In case you haven't been on the internet in the past 24 hours, I thought I should let you know that there are reasons to be excited about the team (and no, it's not Wiggins. At least not yet - remember we have to wait 20 or more something days). His name is Zach LaVine, and in case you needed further proof - the man can jump out of this world 

At the Seattle Pro-Am yesterday, rookie guard Zach LaVine put on a show that would have lead Kenny Smith to scream one last time "Let's go home! LET'S GO HOME!!!"

Don't believe me? Just watch the video and see for yourself. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

T-Wolves Re-Sign Robbie Hummel To One Year Deal

The Timberwolves signed Robbie Hummel to a one year 900,000 contract yesterday. A somewhat versatile forward given the fact he can play either the 3 or 4, Hummel provides the team with an adequate three point shooter who can stretch the floor. Even better about his game – he rarely turns the ball over.

In the 655 minutes he played last year, he turned the ball over only 10 times. As stated by Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk, his 5.2% Turnover Percentage was the second lowest Turnover Percentage in the league, behind only Ryan Anderson.

As odd of a compliment as this is going to sound – but Hummel has this great ability to just not screw up badly. His ability to hit three pointers at a decent rate (36%) while also not making mistakes that lead to points for the opposition is what’s keeping him in the league.

Signing Hummel does raise concerns about the development of Glenn Robinson III. But at the moment, who knows if there will be any GRIII development on the T-Wolves. From Doogie:

With the signing of Hummel, the Wolves will have 14 players signed under guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wally's World Of Chaos

As a basketball nerd I have a spent an unhealthy amount of time on the new website nyloncalculus.com. Why, other than because of its cool name? BECAUSE IT HAS SHOT CHARTS FOR EVERY PLAYER THAT HAS BEEN IN THE LEAGUE SINCE 1996 UP UNTIL NOW!

Want to see where Kevin Garnett shot in 1997? Here you go thanks to nylon calculus.

Anyway, as I was perusing the site, I stumbled upon a shot chart that caused me to wonder in amazement.

It belongs to Wally Szczerbiak from his 2003 campaign. Now, obviously if you recall the 2003-2004 season, while a great year for the Wolves (the greatest actually in franchise history), it was an injury plagued season for Wally World as he only appeared in 28 total regular season games. And of those games, he started zero and played only 22 minutes a game. That said, despite the small sample size during a season in which he attempted a mere 236 shots, the locations in which he took those 236 shots showcase no rhyme or reason in his shot selection.

Sure, one could argue he kinda favored the left side more than the right side, but in reality, it appears Wally, as usual, was stuck in his own world - chucking shots when he wanted and wherever he wanted.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Waitergate: The Cavs (Possibly) Have Their Own Deep Throat By The Name Of ‘Cavs insight’

Ok, so before I begin, let me say the following: I only made this blog post for the Watergate play on words in the headline involving Dion Waiters. You guys have no idea how proud of myself I am for it (sad I know, but such is a life I live).

Anyway over at the CavFanatic forums, a poster going by the name of  ‘Cavs insight’ had the following to say in a thread about Kevin Love (click the screen shot to read it):

Obviously, this being the Internet and all, I don’t think this is true. Even if the trade happens and it is Love for Wiggins, I don’t think ‘Cavs insight’ pulled a Snowden by leaking information. Now you every right to take what ‘Cavs insight’ said to heart, but I suggest taking it with a big grain of salt, and then finishing off that grain of salt with a big gulp of salt water.

That said, if we come to learn that someone in the Cavs front office gets fired and that person also previously worked for the Pelicans… well then maybe ‘Cavs insight’ is as insightful as he says he is.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Letter To the Cleveland Cavaliers

Dear Cleveland Cavaliers,

Hi, congrats on landing the greatest basketball player in the world today, that doesn’t happen very often for most teams.

Anyway, so hey, now with Kyrie and LeBron, you guys are one super star away from having your very own Big Three. So I was thinking, the Timberwolves have their very own disgruntled super star by the name of Kevin Love. Meanwhile, you guys have this ultra talented kid by the name of Andrew Wiggins. The first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, if my facts are correct.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

It would benefit everybody to swap Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins. I don’t know how it would line up contractually, but throw in a vet guy with a big contract and the only person you would have to give up is Wiggins. Keep Waiters and Thompson. AND FOR PETE SAKES KEEP ANTHONY BENNET OFF A BASKETBALL COURT (jk lol you guys, if you want to throw him in you can. I’d be more than happy enough to take a flyer on him).

Now picks would be a sweet cherry on top, but hey, I’m a nice down on his luck T-Wolves fan looking for any glimmer of hope I can get. And Andrew Wiggins would provide this franchise with its biggest glimmer of hope yet (or at least since Ricky Rubio came over).

In conclusion, I think it's a deal you should really think about. Remember it would be benefit everybody.  




Flip, if you somehow wind up reading this (which is highly unlikely I know), and you trade K-Love to the Cavs without getting Wiggins back. I swear… I won’t even. This will be my reaction: