Goodbye, Brandon Roy
We pretty much knew this was coming. Brandon Roy was waived by the Timberwolves. As had been widely reported, the second year of his contract was non-guaranteed. Therefore, the team chose to waive him and his $5.3 Million remaining on his deal. I’m not the right person to wax poetic on what a great player B-Roy was in Portland. I’m sure plenty of Blazers writers have already done that. His brief, somewhat-awkward T-Wolves tenure was recapped nicely by Mark Remme.
I do think it’s worth pointing out what the decision to waive Roy could mean, in a bigger picture sense. The Wolves could’ve held on to him as a trade chip. A non-guaranteed contract would have value to teams as a salary-cutting tool. But in any deal where the Wolves sent out Roy to bring in somebody else, they’d essentially be adding salary of their own. This is rife with assumptions and speculation but I take this move as a signal — however slight — that the new management is operating under a fixed budget; probably one set below the luxury tax line. I also take the move to signal a desire to retain the big free agents, Nikola Pekovic and Chase Budinger. Again, cutting Roy lowers the payroll and increases cap space and room below the tax line. Don’t be surprised if it’s not the only move in this direction.
Klay Thompson: Not like Mych (but that’s okay)
The Timberwolves were routed 105-89 last night against the Warriors, as the Dubs clinched only their second playoff appearance in 19 (!) seasons. These late West Coast games are wildcards for Patrick J, as they usually start at 10:30 Eastern Time, which is fairly late on a school night. Which is to say, I fell asleep around 10:30 P.M. last night, just before the tip of the Wolves-Dubs game. That’s what League Pass’s game archive is for. I plan to watch the game in its entirety as soon as I satisfy all of the niggling responsibilities today at my actual job here in DC, hopefully as a prelude to staying up late to catch tonight’s Wolves-Clips game live.
Operating on more forgiving Central Time, Andy G took in all of last night’s action. In this INBOX post, he’s going to wrap last night’s game and I’m going to preview tonight’s game, both with a simple “5 things” rapid-fire approach. Enjoy.
Malcolm Lee and the Minnesota Timberwolves look to stop Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors tonight in Oakland
Fresh off a 103-95 Friday-night loss in Portland, the Wolves play Golden State tonight at 9:30 PM CST in Oaktown.
It seems like the Wolves are getting a relatively easy road game the night after a tough loss, but a closer look suggests otherwise. The Warriors have:
- the better record on the season (7-6, vs. the Wolves’ 5-6)
- more momentum (GSW have won 4 of their last 6, the Wolves have a 4-game losing streak)
- a history of being Twolf killers (GSW has won 10 of the last 12 head-to-heads against the Wolves)
Things get bad for Team Adelman if they lose this one. Continue reading
Last year, one had to wonder if Gordon wished he were still wearing this uniform. This coming season, we’re all excited to see him back on the court.
The Punch-Drunk Wolves League Pass Series has taken on a life of its own. We’re on Volume 5 after two rookie teams, an Eastern Conference Team, and a REACTION POST to the Eastern Conference Team. Since Pat is enjoying some vacation time back in ‘Sota, I won’t be surprised if he follows this one up with some of his own thoughts again. Here is your Western Conference League Pass Team. (Eds. Note: No Timberwolves since we watch those games with Jimmy Pete on the local stations. League Pass EXEMPT.)
PG – Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors: Remember how fun it is to watch Steph Curry play? Me neither. Because he only played 26 games last year on a tanking Warriors team. Not this year. The Dubs now have Andrew Bogut and a supporting cast of wings that actually complement Curry’s playmaking and shooting. As a Timberwolves fan hoping to see them make the playoffs, the Warriors scare me as 8-Seed Competition. Curry will be fun to watch this year. I should add: Steve Nash in a Laker Uniform is more MUST-SEE TV, at least at first, than Curry. But you’ll see the Lakers on national TV so much that they don’t belong on a League Pass team. Continue reading