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The Wolves lose embarrassingly to the 76ers, a little less embarrassingly to the Spurs, Wiggins talk, Saunders talk, and trade possibilities in this edition. As usual, Rambling On god-king Erik Ritland interviews Wolves analyst Beartrap McManus.
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So, what the hell happened in the 76ers 149-107 drubbing of the Wolves?
The Wolves didn’t show up. At all. They got murdered in the paint on both ends and the Sixers pretty much got what they wanted all game. I’m not sure if Jimmy Butler is still in Wiggins and Towns’ heads but that game was embarrassing. The less said about it, the better.
The Wolves had a decent first half against the Spurs, but then the wheels fell off and they lost 116-113. Your thoughts?
KAT was the victim of some lousy calls, but his penchant for getting into foul trouble is really becoming an issue. He had 23 points in 21 minutes and I’d imagine would’ve made an impact in the final minutes of such a close game. Wiggins had a pretty lackluster game and disappeared for large stretches as well.
Wiggins continues to be infuriatingly inconsistent. What are your thoughts on his recent play? Would you trade him if you could?
I’d absolutely trade him for the right price at this point. He’s often shown his potential but has yet to live up to it for any significant stretch of time. There’s still plenty to love about Wiggins as a basketball player, but the Wolves have so much of their salary cap tied up in him they’d be foolish to not explore all their options.
If they can find someone to take him in exchange for either a more productive player on a similar contract (I saw Mike Conley brought up on Twitter and found that quite intriguing), or a package of future assets/expiring contracts that won’t tie up their salary long term, they should consider it. It’d be a tall order to get such a deal done but they shouldn’t see Wiggins as at all untouchable.
Speaking of trades, do you think the Wolves should make any moves?
They should be taking a serious look at moving Jeff Teague. He’s too inconsistent and has a developed an infuriating habit of passing up wide open 3s just to drive into traffic. He also dribbles too damn much and slows down the offense. Tyus has played better with the starters, both this season and last, and for a fraction of Teague’s contract. That being said, I’m not sure what we could trade him for without attaching more assets.
What is your assessment of Ryan Saunders job as coach so far?
It’s still early on in his tenure and tough to say, but I do think that his going deep into the bench with his rotations and playing so many players is starting to look less like open-mindedness or situational coaching and more and more like throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. The Wolves could use some consistency in their rotations and hopefully he’ll begin bringing that soon.
Beartrap McManus is an NBA and Timberwolves expert. He has been a life coach for Rambling On god-king Erik Ritland since before time, a consultant for Rambling On since its founding, and Timberwolves analyst beginning in Series Five. He resides with his wife and twelve kids in Hurley, Wisconsin, where his wife owns a popular supper club.