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    How to rebuild the Timberwolves

    But since taking over for the Wolves in May, Kahn has basically overhauled an entire roster, coaching staff and front office all for the betterment of saving face from finishing 24-58 last season. Forget pieces of a puzzle. While this jigsaw won't contend anytime soon, at least the picture in Minnesota is easier on the eyes now compared to Kevin McHale's five-straight postseason draught.
    It's no wonder Kahn's first move was to relieve McHale of his duties.
    But it's the most recent part of a successful summer plan that could yield Minnesota their greatest return.
    On Saturday, Wolves' owner Glen Taylor confirmed that an oral agreement had been reached between the organization and Los Angeles Lakers' assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who according to Taylor will be announced as Minnesota's new head coach on Tuesday. While Kahn was rumored to be leaning towards ABC analyst Mark Jackson or even Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner, in the end he opted for championship experience to help guide and motivate the Wolves.
    The naming of Rambis – who was said to be the heir to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles at one time – culminates the busiest offseason in team history since 2007 when Minnesota traded for Juwan Howard, drafted Corey Brewer and Chris Richards, acquired Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes in addition to Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac and Wayne Simien.
    Of those eleven players, only Brewer, Jefferson and Gomes remain on the roster. In fact, from Minnesota's 15-man roster from last season, that trio is joined by Kevin Love and Rodney Carney – along with holdovers Bobby Brown, Jason Collins and Brian Cardinal - who survived Kahn's summer facelift.
    Within his first month on the job, Kahn sent Mike Miller and Randy Foye packing to Washington. In mid-July, Mark Madsen, Sebastian Telfair and Craig Smith were traded to the LA Clippers for Quentin Richardson. Weeks later, Kahn grabbed a pair of veteran guards in Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Etan Thomas – who came over in the Miller and Foye deal – and a pair of second-round picks in 2010, while also signing free agent Ryan Hollins.
    "I need to be very patient about this," Kahn said in a recent interview with the New York Times. "And we are the rare team that can wait."
    Such patience will pay off.
    Kahn knows what he is up against - not only in the Rubio quagmire - but with the Wolves in general. He certainly cleared house and turned over the roster, but will these moves translate to wins? Surely this combination of youth and a castaway veteran concoction can turn-out better than 24 victories. Minnesota can boast Love and Jefferson, and perhaps the most athletic point guard from the draft in Flynn. Both Atkins and Wilkins – and Richardson if he can stay healthy - are veterans with know-how, and Rambis himself brings blue-collar toughness to the mix.

    Most of the moves I think have been good thou I don't like giving up draft picks at all



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    Re: How to rebuild the Timberwolves

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post
    But since taking over for the Wolves in May, Kahn has basically overhauled an entire roster, coaching staff and front office all for the betterment of saving face from finishing 24-58 last season. Forget pieces of a puzzle. While this jigsaw won't contend anytime soon, at least the picture in Minnesota is easier on the eyes now compared to Kevin McHale's five-straight postseason draught.
    It's no wonder Kahn's first move was to relieve McHale of his duties.
    But it's the most recent part of a successful summer plan that could yield Minnesota their greatest return.
    On Saturday, Wolves' owner Glen Taylor confirmed that an oral agreement had been reached between the organization and Los Angeles Lakers' assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who according to Taylor will be announced as Minnesota's new head coach on Tuesday. While Kahn was rumored to be leaning towards ABC analyst Mark Jackson or even Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner, in the end he opted for championship experience to help guide and motivate the Wolves.
    The naming of Rambis who was said to be the heir to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles at one time culminates the busiest offseason in team history since 2007 when Minnesota traded for Juwan Howard, drafted Corey Brewer and Chris Richards, acquired Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes in addition to Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac and Wayne Simien.
    Of those eleven players, only Brewer, Jefferson and Gomes remain on the roster. In fact, from Minnesota's 15-man roster from last season, that trio is joined by Kevin Love and Rodney Carney along with holdovers Bobby Brown, Jason Collins and Brian Cardinal - who survived Kahn's summer facelift.
    Within his first month on the job, Kahn sent Mike Miller and Randy Foye packing to Washington. In mid-July, Mark Madsen, Sebastian Telfair and Craig Smith were traded to the LA Clippers for Quentin Richardson. Weeks later, Kahn grabbed a pair of veteran guards in Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Etan Thomas who came over in the Miller and Foye deal and a pair of second-round picks in 2010, while also signing free agent Ryan Hollins.
    "I need to be very patient about this," Kahn said in a recent interview with the New York Times. "And we are the rare team that can wait."
    Such patience will pay off.
    Kahn knows what he is up against - not only in the Rubio quagmire - but with the Wolves in general. He certainly cleared house and turned over the roster, but will these moves translate to wins? Surely this combination of youth and a castaway veteran concoction can turn-out better than 24 victories. Minnesota can boast Love and Jefferson, and perhaps the most athletic point guard from the draft in Flynn. Both Atkins and Wilkins and Richardson if he can stay healthy - are veterans with know-how, and Rambis himself brings blue-collar toughness to the mix.

    Most of the moves I think have been good thou I don't like giving up draft picks at all
    Being a fan of all things Minnesota, the T-Wolves are a joke. But getting Rambis was a hell of a steal from the Lakers. There are a lot of things going in Minnesota's favor, a new (highly touted) coach, a young roster and the cap space to sign some decent players next off-season. Let's hope the T-wolves turn out like the Hornets, instead of the Kings.



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    Re: How to rebuild the Timberwolves

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    Added/Retained: Jonny Flynn, Mark Blount, Wayne Ellington, Darius Songaila, Oleksiy Pecherov, Chucky Atkins, Damien Wilkins
    Lost: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Craig Smith, Mark Madsen, Sebastian Telfair, Etan Thomas, Quentin Richardson
    Review: New Timberwolves GM David Kahn left many folks scratching their heads when he decided to draft both Flynn and Ricky Rubio with the fourth and fifth picks in last June's NBA draft The fact the Wolves are still engaged in a staring contest with Rubio's representation about when he will come to the NBA has turned the offseason into somewhat of a circus.
    The good news for fans in Minnesota is that the Wolves weren't going to win big this season, anyway, so it's not like Rubio staying overseas for another season or two is really going to kill the organization. However, the team better get something from him eventually to justify his selection. Flynn also had his moments in Vegas this summer, and Rubio's likely absence will ensure he gets plenty of run.
    When the Wolves weren't focusing on the Rubio situation this summer, the front office was busy cleaning house. Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, and Kevin Love are the only major contributors from last season who will return in 2009-10 assuming no other major moves are made by the club this summer. Minnesota also added a new head coach earlier this month. Kurt Rambis, a long-time Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, will have the chance to grow together with the team.
    It's clear the Wolves have been thinking two or three years down the road when making moves this offseason, which means it could be a long season in 2009-10 for the good folks of Minnesota.



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    Re: How to rebuild the Timberwolves

    Go back in time and undo the Garnett trade...



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    Re: How to rebuild the Timberwolves

    The T-Wolves are talking to ex-Kings [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]coach[/COLOR][/COLOR] Reggie Theus about an assistant coaching job on Kurt Rambis' staff, sources tell Y! Sports.



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