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Do the Wolves have a plan?

June 23, 2009 - Per Peterson
It’s hard to figure out what David Kahn and the Timberwolves are really up to. NBA officials confirmed Tuesday that the Wolves will send Mike Miller and Randy Foye to Washington in exchange for the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and a trio of dime-a-dozen bench players. That means Kahn — the team’s new president — and the Wolves have four picks in the first round of Thursday's draft — Nos. 5, 6, 18 and 28. I’d love to criticize Kahn, but it’s difficult to do so, because even in a down draft year having back-to-back top 10 picks could turn out to be a boon. Then again, we now have a coach-less team without a reliable guard, not that anyone really knew if Foye was a 1 or a 2 to begin with. The Wolves couldn’t even decide. I’ll give it to Kahn — he seems bound and determined to make waves. Last week, he chose not to bring back Kevin McHale, a longtime team exec. and on again-off again coach. And now, he’s made a pretty bold pre-draft move, but any move the Wolves make concerning the draft should come with a giant, red flag. This is a team that’s become notorious for making draft-day moves that flop more than a fish out of water. I’ll leave the door open on judging Kahn until I see what he comes up with Thursday night, because there’s a pretty good chance he’ll package some draft picks to move up. Or, he could keep them and go real young next year. Then again, knowing this franchise, there’s also a pretty good chance anything they do will backfire and we’ll be stuck in the lottery again next season.


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