5 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Avoid Like the Plague

Posted: August 18, 2011 by twinsfan21 in 2011-2012 NBA free agency, Greg Oden, J.R. Smith, Jason Richardson, Kwame Brown, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, Vince Carter
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DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Denver Nuggets reacts after scoring against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOT

 J.R. Smith will be a top free agent, but brings a lot of risk with him. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Ever since the Kevin Garnett trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been bad. They cannot seem to get a group of players together that work out with each other. The NBA is in a lockout right now and there are plenty of worthy free agents, and when the time comes they will have teams knocking on there doors.

The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t need any more washed up players that want second chances. Here are five players that the Timberwolves should avoid like the plague:

1. J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has floated around teams. Smith brings an electricity with him wherever he goes. Smith is a high flying guard with his dunks, but also can be a cancer to a team. Smith can be selfish with the ball. Smith isn’t a leader. Smith is just wanting to be about being recognized.

The only thing that Smith needs is to get on a contender with a coach that will keep him in check, and disciplined to play basketball, and to be a contributor to a team.

The Timberwolves are not that. Whoever the coach may be, this is not the right move. It’s not a right move for the players that the Timberwolves have too.

2. Greg Oden

Greg Oden, the former number one pick, has battled injuries and never got in going in the NBA. Oden is now a free agent, and is searching for a second chance and he may want it with a new team.

The Timberwolves are not that team. Oden is a 7′ center. The Timberwolves don’t need another big guy. They have seven power forwards or centers on the team. This not even a question that David Kahn should consider.

3. Vince Carter

Vince Carter will want a lot of money. Carter used to be good, and now he is at the of his career. Carter known for his crazy dunks, only averaged 14 points per game last season.

Plus, Carter’s defense has drastically gone away. A young Timberwolves team doesn’t need someone who doesn’t play defense, and isn’t really a leader anymore.

Not to mention the Timberwolves already have too many big men.

4. Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown used to be a number one overall pick. Brown has career averages of 6.8 points per game, and 5.6 rebounds per game. That’s terrible for a former number one overall pick. Brown is not what the Timberwolves need. The Wolves already have a former lottery pick in Darko Millicic, and have given him a second chance.

Don’t do it Kahn. Save the money, and invest it on younger players like Derrick Williams, who will be here much longer.

5. Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson is 30. Richardson’s game is on the decline. Orlando hoped he would provide a spark last season, but exited the playoffs early. Richardson, too, expects to want a lot of money. Not worth it. Richardson only averaged 13.9 points per game last year. Doesn’t really help teams anymore, and his former magic three point touch has disappearing.

The Timberwolves should just develop their young guards right now.


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