Yo, guys, what's going on? It's Brad.
Back at it again with another broadcast slash podcast today.
Now, today is episode grief of our offseason, Wednesday's Videos on and that can also be correlated to just offseason videos in general.
Now our first one was with Washington.
Wizards are second, one was with the Brooklyn Nets, and our third one today is none other than the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that has the number one overall draft pick and that has one of the best centers in the game, and Karl Anthony Towns and another great All Star caliber player in D'Angelo.
Uh, it's gonna be hard to do this without getting hate, because there's a lot of different directions that the Timberwolves Congar o in.
So with that being said, let's go to get started.
So while I was researching and I was trying to figure out what has gone wrong with the Minnesota Timberwolves over the past 30 years, the blame must shift on the owner, Glen Taylor, and the 31 years of the Minnesota Timberwolves have been MBA franchise.
They've been able to just put up one division title and one eh, NBA playoff series victory.
As a result of this, Glenn Taylor has put the franchise up for other shooters to buy.
And Kevin Garden Net, the former player for the Timberwolves and also Hall of Famer, looks like the favorite to win the team.
Ah, changing of the Guard might just be what the T Wolves need.
Minnesota did the bulk of their offseason worked at the trade deadline as they acquired All Star point guards.
Last shooting guard D.
Angelo Russell, the team up with Karl Anthony towns.
And they also tamed complimentary shooters in Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez.
Minnesota was even able to offload Andrew Wiggins.
Horrendous contract to the Golden State Warriors.
And just when you thought the offseason couldn't get better for the Timberwolves, it did.
Minnesota won the N B a draft lottery, securing themselves with the number one overall draft pick.
And you know the sky's the limit for this team.
For what this team could be, Uh, you know, it's gonna be really interesting to see who the Timberwolves take with their draft pick who will sign a free agency this year.
What player officers they pick up.
There's a lot that the Tim Rules will have to go over this off season, and it's gonna be one of the biggest off seasons in franchise history.
So that being said in today's video or podcast, whichever one you're listening Thio, we will be discussing the relevant free agents.
The timber will should keep tabs on who they should select with the number one overall pick in the N B A draft and who they should try to resign slash sign this offseason to set themselves up for an MBA title run in 2021.
So, first of all, let's push all that aside and let's talk about the coaching slash front office situation.
And, boy, oh boy, this one is a bit complex.
We've already discussed the situation of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, to say the least.
Glenn Taylor is not going to be this long term owner for this team much longer at the very latest.
He'll be the owner for the next three seasons past.
Then I would be very surprised, and that's no disrespect to Glenn Taylor.
But some of the franchise moves he's made in his career as an NBA franchise owner has not been the best, and it's not been the best for the franchise or the players.
It's kind of the same situation as the Anthony Davis situation in New Orleans with their owner.
A D had to sit out, didn't play that rest of the year.
And then he got traded the Lakers in the off season and, yeah, I understand that you got Zion Williamson checks and hes Lonzo ball.
You get all these great players with that, But still, would you rather have all these great players or an MBA superstar and Anthony Davis? I mean, that's kind of what you have to give yourself.
And the same thing could happen to Minnesota.
You're either gonna have Karl Anthony towns and Diallo in that top overall draft pick for a while, or you're gonna break the team up.
And it's gonna be a lot weirder and a lot less certain of who's starting and who's sitting each night.
So Glenn Taylor is on the hot seat now, their coach, and personally, I love Ryan Saunders.
I think he's a great coach.
He's well liked by the players, which it is a players.
It is a player's league to be honest.
If the players don't like you, you're not gonna be in the league for that much longer.
And then not to mention the fact that he is the son of legendary head coach Flip Saunders.
And you know he's got some history to himself, and I really do like Ryan Saunders.
I think he's a great coach.
He came into a bad situation and made something out of nothing.
But with that being said those two things him being well liked and him being the son of a legendary head coach doesn't make him a good eh, NBA coach.
I wish they did, but it just doesn't.
I mean, think about it.
If Ryan Saunders was unsigned by an N b A team and was trying to get a job, do you think anyone would try to sign him? He I didn't think so.
The Timberwolves will probably give Saunders another year and then make their decision.
What the Timberwolves should dio is fire Saunders and sign Kenny Atkinson to be there.
Long term head coach Atkinson wouldn't have a problem trying to turn the Timberwolves around as he's already done that with Brooklyn.
I mean, Brooklyn was a young team that had some really solid players, didn't have a top superstar that would take them over the hump.
But they had a lot of great guys like Jared Allen, Caris, Levert, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie.
They had all these types of players that got them, the seventh seed in the East, and then they go out and get Katie and Kyrie, which I know.
We couldn't really see all those elements being combined and to see the product of it.
But we could definitely see an immediate impact.
And immediate, You know, we could see an immediate improvement from a Clinton as their coach and all of these elements just coming into play.
If Atkinson does get hired by the Timberwolves, he's already got some experience with the Angela Russell.
Remember, he did coach Russell when he was an All Star in Brooklyn, and that was up at the time.
That was Russell's best NBA season by his career, so he's already got experience with that.
He's got a great big man in Karl Anthony towns, and he does have some of those type players that were like a Spencer Dinwiddie or Joe Harris or care slow Vert and Malik based Beasley, Jarrett, Culver, Josh A Coup G.
And Juan Hernangomez.
It's a very similar team.
Lost those two stars.
So you know, if he does walk into the situation, I would not be surprised if the Timberwolves go from Ah, bottom five team in the league bottom three team in the league all the way up to competing for the eighth through the seventh seed in the West next year.
Just because of the coach, I wouldn't be surprised by that.
Now, as for trades and maybe the most fun part of the entire video or podcast, Minnesota should try to trade for a free and the wing who can play good offense in good defense.
That's just really what they need.
Minnesota is valuing playing players who can shoot.
But if you also play defense, that's going to be a huge bonus toward sticking on sticking on this team for the long run.
So, as I say that the timber will should trade James Johnson, Jacob Evans and the 17th overall pick.
For Kelly Uber, a junior uber, it would be a great fit alongside De Lo and Cat and would hold his own ground on defense, something Towns and Russell have never been able to do in their entire career.
Minnesota will also be able to get off Johnson's contract, which will free up some cap space for free agent acquisitions this offseason and plenty of off seasons down the line.
If you don't know, James Johnson is getting paid $15 million this year, which is an absurd amount.
And as for the son's side of the deal, yes, they will take on that 15 million, but they also lose 17 million.
We're gained 17 million, depending on the way you look at it from trading away, you bray.
Technically, you're gaining about maybe a million dollars with Jacob Evans contract.
So overall, the Sun's actually gain money in this trade, and they also acquire a top 20 draft pick that could be very valuable, depending on who's left or who hasn't been selected at that time.
So, overall, it might not be a realistic trade because the Sun's might like their core right now and might not want to trade somebody like uber.
He's having ah, career year.
But maybe they do.
Maybe they do want to have a full rebuild maybe they look to trade Devin Booker in a little bit.
It might actually happen.
So that's the trade.
Once again, if you missed it, it would be James Johnson, Jacob Evans and the 17th overall draft pick to Phoenix for Kelly Uber again, no splashy trades happening today.
Just because there really isn't anything that Minnesota has value wise to trade other than their draft picks.
So it's kind of hard to make a trade that's realistic.
That won't end up hurting the team down the line a couple years.
So as we've got that out of the way, let's move to the 2020 n b.
A draft, which, hypothetically, if they do make that trade, they will be without that late first round pick.
And they will only have the number one overall pick and their second round pick, which is take 31st.
We'll only talk about the first round pick.
We'll talk about the most exciting pick in the entire draft and this year's draft is very, very bad.
Compared to previous your ass.
There is no Zion Williamson.
There is no LeBron James or Shaquille O Neal.
There isn't even Kyrie Irving in this draft.
Needless to say, Minnesota has a pleather of choices that they could go with here.
There's not one super good prospect in a bunch of good prospects below him that makes the choice easy.
No, Minnesota's got four choices that they can make, that I could really see the making, and they wouldn't get a lot of backlash for it in the first season.
Me so they can go with point guard Lemelle a ball.
They could go with Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman or Obi Topping.
First off, let's just go ahead and clear off Obi Top and James Wiseman.
They would not fit the type of offense Ryan Saunders or Kenny Atkinson runs.
The offense runs three point shooting and through Karl Anthony towns.
And having another big man that can't shoot would just clog up the paint.
It would just make the offense worse.
I know the overtopping could shoot, but then again, like I said, he just clogged and clog the paint so Karl Anthony towns couldn't do anything.
Lamela ball would also not work here.
You don't need another guard who is great passing.
He's a great finisher at the rim, basically a copycat of what D'Angelo Russell can do.
You don't need another guy like that that's going to do all that significantly.
Well, that can't play defense.
That would give you a worst defensive backcourt in the Atlanta Hawks.
And if you know, you know, Trae Young is terrible, a defense so they don't need that And the only guy left.
Here's Anthony Edwards.
I think Minnesota should trade out of this pick, but the likelihood of them doing that it's slim the non.
So we're going to have to be realistic here.
I think the minister to rules take Anthony Edwards with the number one overall draft pick.
Edwards has struggled behind the three point line in college, shooting just 29% from downtown.
He was a freshman, though, and this will be overlooked because Russell and Towns will pick up some of the slack behind the three point line.
Edwards was ableto average 19.
1 points per game, 5.
2 rebounds per game and 2.
8 assists per game as a freshman, resulting in him winning the 2019 2020 sec Rookie of the Year award.
Edwards Defensive skills can't be overlooked, either.
Edwards would be a defensive specialist in Minnesota, and he'd be one of the best offensive players in Minnesota.
Sense Kevin Garnett.
And that really says a lot about Minnesota's teams.
Ever since the days of Kevin Garnett all the way to now, they have not been a great defensive team, not even a good defensive team.
And getting a guy like Edwards who can play good defense.
He's not gonna play great defense.
He's not gonna lock you down like Dennis Rodman.
But he will give you quality minutes while off the ball on offense and while he's guarding maybe the opposing team's best player offensively, the night in and night out.
So Anthony Edwards would be a great pick up here.
And a young core consisting of Edward's Russell towns and Josh Kooky would be scary for years to come.
And this isn't mentioning guys like Jared Culver, who was last year's draft pick out of Texas Tech, and whoever else you want to say.
Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, Jeff Teague.
This seems got a lot of scary pieces moving forward, uh, and how that hypothetically to the trade, they would also be getting Kelly you break.
So this could be very, very scary.
Team to come, but want to see Now we're getting towards the end of this.
Now we are on to relevant free agents to try and resign for the Timberwolves and their two relevant free agents that have been on their team and they'll try to resign.
This year will be Malik Measly and Juan Hernangomez, both of which who were acquired.
It's a trade deadline so they could have extended them at the trade deadline.
But since they were coming from a new team, you can't do that, both of which he played together at Denver.
We'll start with Beazley, So Malik Beasley is a restricted free agent meeting.
Minnesota can offer Beasley the most money in most years on this contract, basically meaning the Timberwolves will give him the best contract.
They can come close, but they're not going to be able to do that.
It's kind of the same thing with Kevin Durant.
Like Kevin Durant would get five years and 155 years, or 155 years now.
Five years, $155 million from Golden state and another team could offer him one last year and 15 million less? No.
Um obviously, Malik Beasley.
If he really wants to play for another team, he will take that pay cut with someone else.
I really don't think he should, though.
He's on an up and coming team in Minnesota and he could possibly be in the N B A finals in a couple of years or so.
We'll have to see.
I don't I don't want to call it yet because I don't want toe be stupid.
And, you know, already say, the Timberwolves, they're gonna be in the finals.
I don't think they will.
Uh, But after Beasley was traded to Denver, easily played great, to say the least, easily averaged 20.
7 points per game, 5.
1 rebounds per game and 1.
9 assists per game in 14 games.
Easily also shot a career high 42.
6% from the three point line.
I understand he only played 14 games, but you can already see the immediate impact that Beasley is already having on this team, so I think they should do everything in their power to resign Beasley this offseason.
As for want Herman Gomez, I do also think they should bring them back in free agency, Even if you have to offer him less money.
I still think you should.
Can't hurt right worked at the off the bench or even in the starting lineup.
Depending on injuries, Hernangomez averaged 12.
1 points per game, 7.
3 rebounds per game and 1.
3 assists per game in just 14 games.
With the T Wolves, much like Malik Beasley, we could see an immediate impact from both guys and limited amounts of time.
So with those two players that Minnesota will need to resign, I think they should totally go all in to re sign Malik Beasley.
And if some team just overpays for want Herman Gomez, go ahead and let them.
But you know, if they don't and maybe he wants five million year, I totally think you could give him that.
He had a great year with you guys last year.
It totally wouldn't hurt to have him as a veteran presence off the bench.
So let's talk about relevant free agents to try and sign and this is one of the more exciting parts of the entire video slash podcast, obviously, with a young explosive core consisting of Karl Anthony Towns, D'Angelo, Russell, Anthony Edwards, hypothetically, Kelly, you break hypothetically Malik Beasley and Josh A kooky Minnesota shouldn't go out and try and sign Brandon Ingram or Fred Van Fleet.
At first of all, Mathematically, this wouldn't be possible if they keep James Johnson, which they probably will.
I don't know what team out of their mind would trade for James Johnson, but if a team does, then they might be able to make room for Ingram or Van Fleet.
But let's say they can, so they can't.
First of all, it wouldn't be within the price tag, And you wouldn't also want to tie money to those guys that you'll have to extend down the road.
And you also have to give Edwards a pretty big contract.
You have to give D'Angelo Russell a contract when his expires, and you also have to extend Karl Anthony towns in four or five years, so you really don't want to tie up some of this excess money right now.
It's going to hurt you in the long run and the short term, though, it does look pretty ***y.
But we will talk about two Yes to free agent acquisitions, that air within the Timberwolves budget that could really, really help them immediately and on the long run. A swell.
So the first guy is Jeremy Grant.
Ah, small forward slash power forward from the Denver Nuggets.
Grant is a great free in D Wing who has been great as a shooter and a defender, something the Timberwolves could desperately need were used.
Grant averaged 12 points per game, 3.
5 rebounds per game and 1.
2 assists per game while hitting 38.
9% of the three point attempts in 71 games.
Obviously, defense would be a positive for grant and towns.
I totally got off track.
Alright, Defense would be a positive for Grant as the average 0.
7 steals per game in 0.
8 blocks per game.
Grants defense would make up for town suspect defense and Towns offense would make up for some of grants.
Offense eso If you don't really hear that correctly, Jeremy grants defense could easily make up for towns defense because talents isn't the best offensive center in the entire league.
He's got work to do toward it.
But Karl Anthony challenges a great offensive center and Jeremy Grant isn't bad offensively.
But he's not great.
12 points per game is not terrific by any means, so Karl Anthony Towns could kind of pick up the slack.
Offensively, kind of just goes both ways.
I mean, both players would be helping themselves and each other if they ended up teaming up in Denver.
The biggest issue with the signing would be getting wood for the tables is they would have to get Juan Hernangomez to sign for a little less than his market value.
But hernangomez will be willing to take a pay cut to make the team better.
Grant does have a player option, meaning the tables will have to pay up to get Grant on the team.
But they absolutely should.
For such a great fit.
That's our first guy.
Our second guy is Joe Harris, small forward for the Brooklyn Nets.
Currently, Harris was an absolute machine behind the three point line this season as he was able to knock down 42.
4% of his three point attempts, along with 47% from the field.
Harris isn't offensive specialist by any means, very similarly to Jeremy Grant.
They're both good offensively, and they're both good defensively.
So you know they're both two way players.
They're not as to way as Kawhi Leonard or LeBron James or Yanis Santana Campo, but they can play offense and defense.
Justus well as anyone in the league good Harris would provide some much needed offense and defense that Minnesota could desperately use, along with him being a veteran veteran presence in the locker room at 29 years old.
For a team that is going to attempt a ton of grease next season, Harris would be an excellent fit in Minnesota.
So with that being said, guys, thank you all so much for watching.
I'll give you a quick recap if you didn't catch everything that was in this video or podcast.
So with the coaching and front office situation, I think the Timberwolves should fire Ryan, Ryan Saunders and hire coach Kenny Atkinson to be there long term coach.
As for trade, I think the Timberwolves to trade James Johnson, Jacob Evans and the 17th overall draft pick for Kelly you Bray from the Phoenix Suns for the 2020 n b.
A draft for the Timberwolves.
Number one overall draft pick.
I think they should take Anthony Edwards and then for some relevant free agents to resign for the Timberwolves.
I think they should resign Malik Beasley at all costs, and I think they should also try to resign.
Juan Hernangomez Although it would not be the end of the world that they couldn't get him to resign, Don't and then finally, for our two relevant free agents for them to try and sign, they should try and sign Jeremy Grant.
Ah, small forward slash power forward from the Nuggets and Joe Harris, a small forward from the Brooklyn Nets.
So with that being said, guys, thank you all so much for watching us.
Always make sure to keep God number one guys and peace out.
I'll catch you guys in the next broadcast, guys,