On the trade for Kirk Snyder

Associated Press on the Gerald Green trade: 
"We had kind of a logjam with the same type of player," coach Randy
Wittman said. "With (Randy) Foye coming back into the mix, we didn’t
have a lot of time there to play all those guys."
 
Wolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said he
still likes Green’s game, but he was "probably the furthest away from
readiness to play in NBA games" of all of Minnesota’s young talent.
Although Green was disappointed about his role, McHale praised his
professionalism in his short tenure with the club.
 
 
 
Green’s athleticism and on-target jump shot were
obvious when he stepped on the court. But so were his limitations: poor
shot selection and confusion about how to play the game.


Wolves vice president of basketball of operations
Kevin McHale said he was "99.9 percent" certain Green would not be on
the team next season, so a trade made sense rather than to lose Green
for nothing after his contract expires this summer.

 
 
 
Snyder, a physical 6-6 player Wittman projects at small forward, led
Nevada to its first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 in 2004, but the 16th
overall pick that summer has struggled to find his way in the NBA. A
restricted free agent this summer, he is with his fourth team four
seasons. He played nine games for the Rockets this season.
 
Asked if he considered the trade a gamble that might leave fans asking
three years from now why the Wolves dealt Green, McHale said, "It could
be. In three years, come see me."
 
  
 
The exchange appears to be a low-risk proposition for both the Rockets
and the Timberwolves. Because Snyder was seemingly deemed to be
expendable from day one and received rare bouts of playing time this
season, the Rockets could only expect very little in return. The fact
that Green was unable to see the court on one of the worst squads in
the NBA is a telling sign that the Rockets got exactly what they should
have anticipated, that is to say very little. Essentially, the trade
was a swap of undesirables for both teams, with both players able to
walk at season’s end.
 
 
 
Actually, I don’t really know how the deal went down, but the Timberwolves were able to ship one athletic wing buried at the end of the bench in Minnesota for an athletic wing buried at the end of the bench in Houston, plus they got a draft pick and some money out of it. Sounds like one of those infomercials where they keep throwing in extra knives to sweeten the deal.  
 
  
 
From TrueHoop:
Green not only played high school basketball in Houston, but was also
drafted by the Celtics back when current Houston GM Daryl Morey was a
key figure there.
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