Afternoon Updates: 4/22

Sorry for the late news update. Slim pickings across the web today, but did pick up this one on Big Al and Love’s trade value from a Hoopsworld chat:

Shawn in Rochester, MN:
Hi Steve. What is the market like for Jefferson and Love? IMO the Wolves need to move one or the other. Who has more trade value? Any active rumors about them?

Steve Kyler:

Very low… Big Al is tradeable, but he’s never going to return what he gives you and while Kevin Love is a decent player, he doesn’t make enough to return a real asset and his value is low too.

The Wolves are in evaluation mode, most teams don;t start talking trades until the Draft Combine which is May 19th… I wouldn’t expect much on the trade front from Minnesota early, but they could be a player around the draft as they have three first round picks and two second round picks… not sure there will be five point guards available in this class, so Minnesota has to trade a few of those picks.

You are also not going to make a lot of improvements with five rookies on your roster, so some of those picks will get packed with a veteran salary to improve and that happens in May and June… teams try to avoid making decisions right after the season ends because you tend to make emotional decisions, not informed

I guess I can dig the response, but I wouldn’t exactly say Love’s value is “very low.” Plus this guy fails to realize the Wolves can absorb a ton of salary in trade, so that argument doesn’t check out either. If anything, Love’s value is higher because we don’t have to match salary in trade and could potential trade him to a team looking to shed more salary. Just my opinion at least, which means absolutely nothing. Either way, this year’s draft should be all about the Wolves again.

Rubio Wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy
One of the most precocious talents in pro basketball history, Regal FC Barcelona point guard Ricky Rubio, has been the overwhelming choice of Euroleague head coaches to receive the 2010 Rising Star Trophy. Rubio, 19, is the only player to have started all 20 Euroleague games for Barcelona, which became just the second team all decade to finish the Euroleague regular season undefeated. Rubio helped ensure that milestone with a co-MVP of the Week performance in the tenth and last game of the regular season.

Well that’s just neat. Hopefully he comes over some day I guess.

Slam Online Posts Their Top 5 Draft Prospects

We are all going to be deprived of a great joy on draft night — watching David Stern struggle to pronounce the names of the international players picked in the first round. With normally around five players from abroad picked in the first round each year, we are treated to a few tongue twisters from Mr. Commish. This year there are only two international guys projected to go within the first 30 names called out, but at least one of them has a name fun to say. Here’s the top five international prospects for this year’s draft.

It seems likely that some of these guys will be targets with our Charlotte pick, so keep an eye on them.

Cuban on the NFL Draft

The always quotable and fantastic Mark Cuban in his latest rant on the NFL draft stealing viewers from the playoffs:

“I know we’re just little piss-ants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues,” said Cuban, who, not for nothing, considers Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones a friend. “They don’t give a crap about anybody but themselves.”

The guy has a point, as always. Mark Cuban is fantastic. I wish all owners had his passion for winning and were as quotable. Sure, he gets in trouble with the refs and surely the players must think he is a complete nincumpoop at times, but imagien if Taylor were that way. I would go to the games just to see his antics.

As for the playoffs, let’s not forget the time has come for NBA players to start playing with effort. I remember last year’s playoffs started slow with plenty of blowouts and then suddenly the Bulls/Celtics series became easily the most entertaining set of basketball games I have ever seen (Game 6 2OT battle that is on NBATV every other day, anyone?). Let’s hope for a similar series this year and it involves the Lakers getting upset by OKC. If not, the Spurs/Mavs, Suns/Blazers and Nuggets/Jazz have potential for some great games. The rest, meh, maybe not so much. I thought Charlotte, Milwaukee, Miami and Chicago would be putting up much more of a fight. Props to Portland for taking game 1 in Phoenix without Roy. Is Camby ever going to decline? Guy’s an iron man.

That’s all for today.

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Mike has been writing for TWB as a hobby since the Kahn era, and currently resides in a Dallas suburb where he can often be heard loudly arguing with his neighbors about his strong dislike for JJ Barea. When not working, Mike enjoys playing the drums and pretending to like other sports.