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International Love by the Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team on the rise in the NBA. Led by superstar power forward Kevin Love and Head Coach Rick Adelman they like the hit song by Pitbull is titled are showing some International Love this offseason.

Adding 6’6″ Alexey Shved from Russia, I expect him to flourish off ball screens in Adelman’s offense.

Aa well they have agreed to an offer sheet with Portland Trail Blazers player and French born star Nicolas Batum. The Blazers have indicated they intend to match the offer sheet, however the Wolves are pursuing sign and trade options to bring Batum into the den at Target Center definitively.

Batum would be a great addition for the team, the Wolves have expiring contracts of Martell Webster and Brad Miller to offer up with the potential of J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour, Wesley Johnson or Derrick Williams hitting the Oregon Trail as well.

If I had a vote I’d say give Wesley and J.J. but hey who am I? As well one would expect the team to likely exercise its amnesty option on Darko Milicic’s contract to free up more cap space. Oh snap I was just about to buy his #31…(just kidding) bye bye Darko I won’t shed a tear.

Russia and France aside for a moment I would do an injustice to the International path the team is on, without mentioning Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio who dazzled all of us with his magical passes until tearing his ACL. Ricky is expected back next year but not likely at the season start at this point.

The thought of the Spaniard, teaming with the Russian, and Frenchmen intrigues me I hope it becomes reality.

Let us not forget Rubio, Shved & Batum would be teaming with rising player and Montenegrin Bulldozer Nicola Pekovic. A true International Wolf Pack if you will.

Added already this offseason was former Blazers All-Star Brandon Roy who is returning to league after sitting out last year with knee conditions, Roy can be great again without a doubt but it’s up to Rick Adelman to manage his minutes.

Of course Kevin Love is the unprecedented heart of this team, he was recently quoted as stating “I want to win” Well Kevin as a fan of this I team I want you to win too, I hope these moves and more wins become a reality. Go Wolves…..Hoooowwwll!

ESPN.com details the Shved move, and the potential Batum sign and trade here

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Written by Brandon

July 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

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