Happy 24th birthday to Randy Foye.
1. They waited at least a year too long to trade Kevin Garnett.
Owner Glen Taylor should have used his considerable financial might to
clean house two or three years ago and then go outside the Wolves’
sphere to find a new front-office chief from a successful franchise,
long before the Wolves wound up in a crisis summer like this one.
When they finally did trade KG, they got back five players and two
future first-round picks … but only one out of the seven players (Al Jefferson) would automatically command minutes with a quality team. The rest are all maybes.
In order for this young team to achieve a playoff berth, head coach Randy Wittman must determine a consistent rotation and individual player roles as soon as possible. If Minnesota begins the year with a slow start out of the gate, that may already be too late. Seemingly, the younger players this team has acquired all seem willing to step up or step back and accept whatever role they are given.