|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - You name it and the Minnesota Timberwolves likely need it.
Kurt Rambis' Wolves are among the very worst in the NBA at both ends of the floor. Outside of Al Jefferson and Kevin Love up front and a solid developmental point guard prospect in Jonny Flynn, Minnesota needs help all over.
Bringing over Ricky Rubio from Spain, last year's No. 5 overall selection, either to play or as trade bait is key for second-year general manager David Kahn, who has three first round selections in this year's draft, starting with No. 4.
Nothing is off the board for Minnesota, which needs a defensive-minded big, along with added depth at virtually every spot on the floor. Kahn would consider trading Love or Jefferson as well as Rubio as part of a blockbuster deal that remakes the franchise.
The team's annual hard-luck in the lottery continued this year, as it fell from the second spot to No. 4 and will likely have to make a decision between Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins and Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson. My guess is the Wolves take the safe bet and that's Johnson, a silky-smooth small forward with a big wingspan and a nice jumper.
Later in the first Minnesota could look at Kansas freshman shooting guard Xavier Henry as well as Butler forward Gordon Hayward and Texas guard Avery Bradley. In fact, anybody who can put the ball in the basket should be considered by the Wolves.
Players under contract: G/F Corey Brewer; G Wayne Ellington; G Jonny Flynn; F Ryan Gomes; C Ryan Hollins; C/F Al Jefferson; F/C Kevin Love; G Ramon Sessions; C Greg Stiemsma
Free agents: F Nathan Jawai (restricted); F Brian Cardinal (unrestricted); C Darko Milicic (unrestricted); G/F Sasha Pavlovic (unrestricted); F/C Oleksiy Pecherov (unrestricted); F/G Damien Wilkins (unrestricted)
Draft picks: 1st round (4th overall, 16th overall, 23rd overall), 2nd round (45th overall, 56th overall).