As season fades, fate of players on the line

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2012 - 8:30 AM

With postseason no longer an issue, there are now only a handful of opportunities for those on the bubble to make an impression.

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downtown009Apr. 13, 1211:12 PM

We need to keep Beasley here. If he welcomed it, he could be a great 6th man for this team.

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hoopdreams01Apr. 13, 1211:23 PM

Some general thoughts about roster development: In my view, the vast majority of NBA players pretty much show you who they are after about two years ... Yes, skills expand beyond that and there are rare exceptions where players really break out later. Examples of the latter would be Chauncey Billups and Michael Redd (pre-injury). But most guys are what they are. I hope GM Kahn takes this view in sizing up his roster, rather than the dreamy one we have so often been fed. This is not a plea for impatience, just a plea for clear-eyed vision. You build around Love and Rubio - assuming Ricky comes back as himself. If guys can't or won't buttress that reality, you have to move them. It should be fun and interesting next year.

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slammanApr. 13, 1211:43 PM

They need to keep Beasley. He was an important part of the team when all the parts were in place. I'm sure Coach Adleman will shape this team. Is there anyway they can get rid of Darko anytime soon? Maybe he would agree to a buyout at a reduced rate.

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bhdanielsApr. 14, 12 1:05 AM

I agree that we should keep Beasley. He is finally in a situation in which he can develop as a player. The years in Miami and here under Rambis hurt his development. He will do well with Adelman and in our current system. I get that his qualifying offer is unrealistic, but hopefully we can sign him for less. I would hate to see him leave. He's fun to watch and I'm glad he's on our team.

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jwillsApr. 14, 12 5:22 AM

The question is, if you let Beasley and Randolph go, who who is out their better to replace them? Beasley has played his first 3 years under 2 rookie coaches. Under Adleman, he is being asked to play a role and do some things he is not accustomed to doing. Let him get a training camp under his belt and see what happens. If it doesn't work out he is excellent trade bait. Randolph just needs to realize his role which he seems to be doing more now. He is a Tyson Chandler, Joahkim Noah type player (with a little more skills) - grab rebounds, put back shots, block shots, and get hustle points. If he learns to do that consistently they have a very nice and versatile center duo (because Darko is just collecting a paycheck). They need someone off the bench who brings a different, more athletic style of play than Peckovic. Where the Wolves have to make changes is at the 2 guard spot. If by any means they can sign Eric Gordon or O.J. Mayo, do it. There are a lot of quality free agent 2 guards on the market this year. We should be all on them. The reality is we had the hardest situation to deal with coming into the season with a lockout and a new coach. Do some tweaking and see how things play out the first third of next season. If it is not working then get to dealing.

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sdietgolfApr. 14, 12 7:11 AM

I would like them to retain both Beasley and Randolph if they can be resigned for less than the qualifying offer. Darko quit on his teammates and they need to either buy him out at a reduced rate, or trade him somewhere for a better player whose team is looking to a more onerous contract. Ellington and Wes just don't show enough consistency and I would be shopping hard for a 2 guard with starting caliber talent. The "four point guard" conondrum needs to be resolved, and I would keep Ricky (of course), Luke, and Malcolm, which of course means I would put Barea on the block. Tolliver plays hard and should be retained if for no other reason than by being a good example.

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fishrapApr. 14, 12 7:14 AM

The #1 offseason move better be firing Kahn.

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srstormguyApr. 14, 12 8:07 AM

Sometimes you can over think things and this is the case here. Beasley can put the ball in the hoop... Wes Johnson can't. Period. No one disappears like Wes does in games so they should be addressing moving him off the team and applying his salary toward keeping Beasley. I like the 6th man role with Beasley because he can be instant offense and that's whats required in that role coming off the bench. Who are we going to get as a free agent that can score like that? .... no one. Kahn doesn't sign free agents and right now we don't have a 1st round pick. Kahn needs to see the big picture this off season.

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kbehmApr. 14, 12 8:07 AM

I'd keep Beasley and Randolph at the right price. Darko is the only player that clearly should not be on the roster next year. Too bad his contract is not up.

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justinthApr. 14, 12 8:12 AM

The T-Wolves need to everything they can to get back to this draft. They have to trade for a draft now. Utah is tanking because they know that this is a deep draft. At least trade for the teens position to get Terrence Ross. If they could trade for an unprotected lottery, it would be awesome.

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