Souhan: Adelman, Love moves earn Kahn chance for real impact

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2012 - 11:29 AM
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holdsteady76Jan. 25, 12 9:45 PM

Im actually ok with the way Darko has been playing lately. The last few games he's put up some decent numbers. Tonight against Dallas (game still in the 4th qtr) he's 4/6 for 8 pts and 7 rebounds. D. Will is starting to show up on the stats sheet with respectable digits. Adleman does a great job with these guys too (Darko and D. Will). Props coach. As far as free agents ... Sludge (KFAN) was day dreaming about Kevin Martin in Wolves jersey. Interestingly his contract is up in 2012/13. Who is to say if he will be available or if still have room for him by then. Wonders what other players would be realistic targets to help us take the next step.

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mnsports255Jan. 25, 1210:28 PM

Man, what the potential could be of a starting lineup that has Rubio, Monte Ellis, and Kevin Love in it...

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LoveMyVikesJan. 26, 1212:04 AM

Oh now Souhan is giving David Kahn credit for his work? Souhan, you shouldn't be writing an article giving him credit, you should be wrting an article APOLOGIZING for your criticism of Kahn! First, where's your evidence that Rubio was hesitant to come to Minnesota last year? Every one of you who said the Wolves should've traded Rubio and said he would never come here should be ashamed. Seondly Souhan, you kept pointing to that bogus Yahoo article that wondered if Adelman and Kahn would be a great fit. Well seems to me that nothing is going wrong there. Last thing, will people just stop with the Darko criticisms, yes he struggled early, but get over that he was the 2nd pick in 2003. He's not a player who will average 20 points a game, he's here to do little things and be an athletic inside presence that we have lacked.

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glorpifaxJan. 26, 12 1:26 AM

The thing to remember about Darko, and just about every free agent Kahn has signed, is that his contract is not crippling in terms of the salary cap and structure. Absolute worst case (he suddenly collapses and they have to eat the remainder if his deal) is just not that bad. It won't impact their ability to function or sign free agents, never all that good to start with anyway, of course. Best case is he holds down the center position until something better comes along, or ends up in a long-term platoon sort of situation. Medium case is he's OK but ultimately just doesn't work out and they either let him walk at the end of his contract or trade him. The nice thing about his modest contract is that the Wolves will probably be able to do whichever they want whenever they need. Ramon Sessions is case-in-point. They signed him to a multi-year deal, but it was modest enough that they could trade him and sign Luke Ridnour for almost exactly the same amount of money. Sessions didn't work out, Ridnour has, contractually they are the same. Darko may objectively be overpaid, but not in a way that actually hurts the Wolves.

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emilyjoJan. 26, 12 5:03 AM

I am enjoying the season so far, and Rubio has made all of the difference in the world. Kahn deserved criticism early on and many moves blew up on him (Rambis, Flynn). These were big moves that set the franchise back farther than it already was. However, let's hope he learned from those mistakes.

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kbehmJan. 26, 12 8:28 AM

I don't think they need to go searching for a center. They already have Darko, Pek, Brad Miller and Anthony Randolph. A combo of those guys can get them through fine.

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BCanniffJan. 26, 12 8:54 AM

OK, I apologize for calling Kahn the Con Man. I think he has finally gotten it right with this lineup. When the injured players come back this could develop into a playoff team that will only get better. Barea, Miller and Beasley will add much needed scoring punch. Johnson, Ellington and Williams are all very good young players who will only get better. There is nothing wrong with the three centers they have. Darko, Pek and Randolph are all playing fine, and Miller will give them another big scorer. If anything Adelman will have a hard time finding time for all them to play. Last night they were good enough to beat the defending champions for the second time this season with only half the team. Pretty decent start. Nice going Kahn.

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uglymikegJan. 26, 12 9:05 AM

Adelman makes all the difference in the world. If Williams can get up to speed (literally and figuratively) with the SF position this team will be the best we've had since 2003-2004. Center position is adequate. I don't mind Darko showing up occasionally and Pek banging inside with the larger competitors. Randolph is just "there" but seems to like Rubio a lot and Miller can only help with Adelman's system if anything. Ellington is an awesome bench player and okay starter but I believe if you get a difference maker at SG next season this team will go far.

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briangs111Jan. 26, 12 9:48 AM

We need a lights out scorer at the small forward, center, or shooting guard. Someone that can pour in points and create their own shot. If we can gain that someone that puts in 20 plus a game and is right around 50% fg this team will contend for a championship in the next 3 years.

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flashpanhuntJan. 26, 1210:06 AM

Turns out Kahn is better at being an NBA GM than many of his detractors gave him credit for. He didn't get better at being a GM...his detractors got (are getting?) better at being reasonably analytical and non-cynical NBA fans.

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