Wouldn’t it be nice?
Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks.
Kevin Love says he wants to play for a winning team after playing for six years without making a playoff appearance. He hasn’t outright said that he no longer wishes to play in Minnesota.
Let’s pretend for a moment here that all Kevin Love wants is another All-Star to play with. Let’s also pretend that Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t mind playing in Minnesota. Now, let’s imagine how the Wolves would look with Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic in their starting lineup. That looks like a lot of points and some high-flying shootouts to me.
That looks like a playoff team.
The Timberwolves ranked No. 3 in the NBA in scoring with 106.9 points per game. Adding ‘Melo to the mix could make the Wolves’ offense something to be reckoned with. ‘Melo wouldn’t have to play defense. That right there could be enough to bring him to Minnesota. It isn’t likely, but a fan can dream, right?
The smart play would be to add some talented depth to the roster. This team lacks defense after ranking 26th in the NBA with 104.3 points allowed per game. They also lacked consistent scoring from the bench after trading F Derrick Williams before the trade deadline last season. There are talented scorers on the team, but they’re inconsistent at best. What this team needs is a strong defender who can consistently negate the opposing team’s best defender.
But having Carmelo would be so awesome! It would immediately make the Wolves a popular choice to contend for a top playoff spot. It could give Kevin Love a shiny new contract with Minnesota. It would bring joy to the faces of playoff starved basketball fans all across the state.
As Kevin Garnett is famously quoted as saying, “Anything is possible!”
If only the Wolves had the cap room …
What do you think? Should the Wolves shoot for a more rounded team or go for mega-offense? Leave a comment below.