The Timberwolves sitting idly by as three power forwards to whom they’d previously been linked switched teams, all while the club has a conspicuous question mark at the four spot, could be a byproduct of their continued pursuit of disgruntled Sixers point guard Ben Simmons, writes The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
The Wolves’ interest in the 25-year-old is one of the league’s worst-kept secrets, and Krawczynski writes that even though it’s possible the Wolves don’t have the assets required to land Simmons, the chance at landing him, however small, could potentially have outweighed the appeal of making a more marginal upgrade.
Krawczynski adds that he’s told by those around the league that if there’s any decision-maker who would ignore the optics and noise and keep pushing until he gets the deal he wants, it’s Daryl Morey. That said, the sense Krawczynski gets is that, given the improbability of Damian Lillard demanding a trade before the season, teams are content to wait and let the Sixers situation get worse, knowing eventually Morey will have to make a decision.
We have more news from the Wolves:
- There are still questions as to whether rookie standout Jaden McDaniels is better suited to playing small forward or power forward, Krawczynski writes in the same piece. McDaniels’ defense was a major high point for the Wolves last season, but at 6’9″ and 185 pounds, he gives up a lot of size and doesn’t solve the team’s rebounding issues. Part of his role going forward will be determined by whether the team takes an offense-first or defense-first approach to the starting lineup, Krawczynski says.
- The Wolves issued a press release today announcing some new hires. Among the names: Assistant Coach Elston Turner. According to Darren Wolfson of SKOR North, Turner had previously interviewed for the team’s head coach job and comes with a reputation as a defensive-minded coach.
- The Timberwolves didn’t get better this summer, writes Zach Harper in his Offseason Review for The Athletic, which is why he gives them a D+ grade for their moves, or lack thereof. Harper adds that their avenues to success involve monster defensive performances from their role players (McDaniels, Patrick Beverley, RFA Jarred Vanderbilt) and the hope that the team’s record of 13-11 with D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns playing together is the real deal.
17 thoughts on “Wolves Notes: Simmons, McDaniels, Coaching Hire, Offseason”
Trading for Simmons is absolutely needed.
the team’s record of 13-11 with D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns playing together is the real deal
Wolves won 8 of 15 games from Game 58 to game 72.
A few teams were tanking or injure from Game 58 to Game 72
Wolves get Simmons, Green and Maxey
76ers get Beverley, Beasley and Prince
AND 2 top 3 protected picks
The deal helps 76ers to save luxury tax
76ers tax free
This should go without saying but that’s a pretty horrible deal from Philly’s pov
Stop making trade ideas. They suck
Ben Simmons for jaden mcdaniels pat beverly and a pick, that’s the only trade morey is getting…why the hell would philly give up Simmons and maxey for that return? And don’t get me wrong I think Simmons is the most overrated 3/D wing in nba history
Knowing NBA history/evaluating NBA talent clearly isn’t this group’s strong suit but I’ma keep trying bc why not… Which of these former/current Timberwolves would you rather have on your team if you could have them for their whole career, Latrell Sprewell, Zach LaVine, Christian Laettner, Stephon Marbury or JR Rider? Pick a top3 if possible…
If there is no off the court issues, all day taking this as my top 3.
I dig this trio
Pundits giving the Wolves terrible grades for not doing much this offseason should be fired.
What were they expected to do? Make a bad trade in order to “correct” their previous bad decisions? Who was dumb enough to expect them to do much this offseason? The best they could do was to stand pat and see where things look after this season. And if anyone disagreed with that, they should put forth specific, realistic paths for them to have improved. Otherwise, hush.
The Wolves are simply easy to beat up on, but make for lazy analysis.
Agree, they managed to swap Culver (a bad pick) and Hernagomez (a bad contract) plus Rubio for Beverly and Prince.
Both players are upgraded to the defence and both players are upgrades in terms of shooting.
I agree with “lazy” but disagree with “hush”… even if the method seems to mislead. It is just a different kind of analysis, IMO a worse one, and theAthletic tries to make this clear. For instance in comparison to player rankings, going by totals rather than efficiency or per-games.
Shouldn’t the Wolves’ “FO score” be reduced for having traded away the picks? At some point the tradaway should count, either then or now.
The teams are listed by team and year, not by FO/GM or term.
It would be nice if the writers tried to be wiser, but when Hollinger tries that he gets his head chopped off in the comments anyway. Figuratively. Aldridge throws out a list annually that he knows will get ground up in the comments, like he would, but at least the Cavs get some mention in this method.
Sixers please !!!
Simmons, Joe and Green for Russell, Prince, and 3 first round picks.
Russell replaces Ben. Hopefully he gets back to his once all star 20-6 form. Prince comes in at the 3 spot and at this stage of his career offers better defence than Green and although not as good shooting the ball is better at driving/cutting. Less likely to get overpowered also.
We then also get back a bunch of good first round picks and can move on like nothing even happened.
The Wolves would form a solid team, Beverly Edwards Green Simmons and KAT with Beasley off the bench. They would be a lot better defensively with Beverly Green and Simmons and offensively would have some good spacing. Simmons would bring the best out of KAT and Beasley. Plus you get young Joe as a bench player too
I still believe ben is very good player.im not sixers fan, but i love the way he play bb except his shooting.and dlo is too injury prone.haliburton not a better player than dlo but better future.
Here comes all the morons thinking they’re team is gonna trade peanuts for Ben Simmons because the 76ers HAVE to.
When the Sixers could easily wait out Simmons for four years longer. Or they could sue Simmons for not playing hard. That would do wonders for the Sixer’s rep with players. Or they could get physical with him. A world of possibility.
McDaniels is a 4/3, and they have Taurean Prince at the 3/4. I dont personally think they have the assets for Simmons at all, and they also shouldn’t trade those guys.
They should add Paul Millsap, RHJ, Marquese Chriss, Darius Miller, Stanley Johnson, Jakaar Sampson, or 1 or 2 summer league guys at that spot, and probably another piece at the 3 and/or a depth big. None of those pieces would be difficult for them to add at this point