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MFFL
02-25-2007, 10:17 AM
ESPN.com news services


The Minnesota Timberwolves' lack of trade activity over the past few years hasn't gone unnoticed by All-Star forward Kevin Garnett.

"We made no moves. Typical," Garnett told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after Friday's shootaround.

"Thank God for opt-outs," he told the newspaper, adding that he was "not happy" another trade deadline had come and gone without a significant change to the team.

The 30-year-old forward, who made his 10th All-Star Game appearance last weekend, has an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2007-08 season, before the final year of his current deal.

When asked if he'd hoped the team would make a move before the trade deadline to boost the team's playoff chances, he told the newspaper, "We're trying to get better, right? It is what it is."

In spite of the comments, assistant general manager Fred Hoiberg said he spoke with Garnett after the deadline passed and said his star player's mood was "good."

Garnett is having another strong year on the court, averaging 22 points and nearly 13 rebounds per game.

mqywaaah
02-25-2007, 10:35 AM
He is having a good year. But having a good year doesnt always get you somewhere. Garnett wants to go the distance, seeing that his team could not provide that I think its best if he would part ways with the TWolves. Let him go for Christsake! Wouldnt want to see Garnett end up like Karl Malone.

MFFL
02-25-2007, 10:52 AM
In defense of the Minnesota front office - it is almost impossible to assemble a team that both stays under the luxury tax AND pays their star $21M. They only have a little over $40M for the rest of the team.

SA does it by Duncan making $17M (a savings of $4M, which equals a good role player off the bench) and Manu taking a contract far less than he was worth (his contract was less than Jet's in comparison).

Miami does it despite Shaq making $20M because Wade makes less than $4M - next year they are going to have some SERIOUS cap problems.

rakesh.s
02-25-2007, 11:30 AM
plus nobody wants to play in minnesota..who wants to deal with that cold weather.

dirno2000
02-25-2007, 02:35 PM
In defense of the Minnesota front office - it is almost impossible to assemble a team that both stays under the luxury tax AND pays their star $21M. They only have a little over $40M for the rest of the team.

SA does it by Duncan making $17M (a savings of $4M, which equals a good role player off the bench) and Manu taking a contract far less than he was worth (his contract was less than Jet's in comparison).

Miami does it despite Shaq making $20M because Wade makes less than $4M - next year they are going to have some SERIOUS cap problems.

It can be done, you just have to draft well. The Joe Smith contract fiasco was perhaps the dumbest move by a front office in the history of the NBA and it cost them three first rounders.

As soon as the probation period was over they took Ebi over Howard. A couple of years later they took McCants over Granger.

The Spurs on the other hand found Parker with the last pick in the first round and Ginobli in the second round. They may have received a home town discount when those guy re-uped but that wouldn't have been possible without the foresight to draft them in the first place.

Then there's his friendship with Bill Duffy. Duffy was such a great friend that he allowed McHale to sign Candi to a full MLE deal. That worked out so well that he did the same thing this past summer with Mike James.

Finally there's the Cassell trade. The one really good summer in Minn was when they brought in Cassell and Spreewell. In Cassell, KG finally had the leader and big shot maker that he needs to play with. Garnett may have been the MVP but make no mistake, that was Cassell's team. Instead of building on the best season in team history the next summer, he traded Cassell to the clippers for underachieving, injury prone Marco Jaric.

Murphy3
02-25-2007, 02:47 PM
Perhaps Garnett should start doing more late in games to help his team win... quit bitching.

AxdemxO
02-25-2007, 03:10 PM
I think he has a point. Everyone on here talks about how he never really got anything done. But look at what the T Wolves are doing every year. They never bring in let say more than one good player. They trade away players that can help Garnett.

Its not his fault..it like when Dallas let Fin and Nash go. They brought in good replacements. But lest say that they kept letting players go ex. Howard, Jet or some1 then no matter what Dirk does Dallas would be in a bad situation and i feel for KG.

That said lets go get that TITLe...GO MAVS

AxdemxO
02-25-2007, 03:11 PM
I think he has a point. Everyone on here talks about how he never really got anything done. But look at what the T Wolves are doing every year. They never bring in let say more than one good player. They trade away players that can help Garnett.

Its not his fault..it like when Dallas let Fin and Nash go. They brought in good replacements. But lest say that they kept letting players go ex. Howard, Jet or some1 then no matter what Dirk does Dallas would be in a bad situation and i feel for KG.

That said lets go get that TITLe...GO MAVS

AxdemxO
02-25-2007, 03:11 PM
Ths def. not my fault guys..Sorry for the million posts