Although, when it comes to the Wolves, basketball is a loose term.
Portland at Minnesota. Battle of the Power Forwards. Kevin Love -v- LaMarcus Aldridge. This should be a fun battle. For a change, Minnesota is the team with a home off day while the visitors are on the back end of a back-to-back. Portland is scorching hot, with a league high 22 wins. The Wolves are coming off a poor loss to Boston and sit at 11-12.
Lydia Kevin Love-less for the foreseeable future. Portland is ahead of the Wolves right now and this would be a good time to make up some ground. But then again, you know, the team is missing half of its roster, so yeah.
Tonight is part four in our ongoing series where I use trade machine to try and trade Derek Williams to the team the Wolves are playing that night. My goal is for Derek Williams to become aware of this and use it as motivation. That or David Kahn becomes aware of these posts and tries to make these trades.
Portland and Minnesota have become rivals of sorts over the past couple of years. To think a rivilary coule be started as a result of a General Managers who developed a distrust from one another because one thought it was in poor taste to trade a player with a broken back while the other thought it to be brilliant. For what it is worth, if you are the one getting rid of the guy with a broken back I would call that a win for the organization.
Since that time there have been lawsuits, offer sheets, trade rumors, agent double speak, and offer sheets matched. The odds of these two teams dealing with each other in the future is probably limited. At least until the Blazers offer Pek a max contract this off season.
Speaking over huge contract offers, let's check in on Batum before looking at tonight's trade offer to unload Derek Williams.
20.1 ppg, 6 boards, 3.2 assists, 2 steals, 1.1 blocks.
and for the heck of it, let's look at AK.
13.8 ppg, 8.3 boards, 3 assists, 1.6 steals , 2.1 blocks
Batum can score a little bit more but it seems AK is giving more on the defensive end. Look for AK's ppg to go down with Love back, too. Not saying one is better than the other just pointing out the two off season targets for the Wolves.
And now, trade time!
Derek Williams and 2 first round picks for Batum.
PDX gets: Williams
Minnesota gets, Victor Claver, Will Barton, & Elliot Williams.
One of these players hasn't gotten off of Portland's bench, and the other two are averaging 5 min a game for a team with an awful bench.
We all really liked Will Barton coming into the draft though!
Wolves/Blazers tip off at 9pm CST. Blazers are -2.
Can Kevin Love continue his stat building without wins? We shall see!
The Wolves have been living out of their suitcase since the All Star Break, 4th game in 5 days. After this the Wolves return home for a week then go on a grueling 7 game roadie. I'm not saying this is a must win, but man it would be super sweet (my prediction coming out of the break is that the Wolves would go 2-2).
Portland has a few 'whoa, those guys are playing' on the roster: Kurt Thomas (not playing tonight), Marcus Camby, Gerald Wallace.
The Police 'Man In A Suitcase'