An email exchange between Jeffrick and myself...
Well? The Wolves took the guy we wanted. I did NOT want them taking Yi or Hawes under any circumstances. No moves, but love them taking Brewer.
Thought the Celtics got a great deal for Ray Allen. How in the heck do they get him without giving up Al Jefferson, Gerald Green or the expiring deals of Ratliff or Telfair? The new Sonics GM has some explaining to do there. This does seem to still leave the door open for a KG-to-Boston deal tho. All the pieces are still in place. KG, Pierce and Ray Allen? Wow. Something to keep an eye on.
Interesting deal too with Portland and the Knicks. Sounds like Portland will buy out Francis' deal and he'll be a free agent right away. Simply clearing cap space. Probably not a bad idea considering they drafted 47 players tonight, but still, I thought they'd get more for Randolph. David Stern has to be happy tho: The Knicks and Celtics just got a helluva lot better tonight.
Jeremy in reply:
I LOVE the Brewer pick, and depending on what happens with KG, this could be a REALLY fun team to watch in two years. Foye, McCants, Brewer, Smith and…? Wow, that’s a pretty nice young nucleus. Too bad Whitman has to coach them. When I was writing about KG the other day I almost wanted to make the same Adrian Peterson type statement in regards to Brewer, “If Corey Brewer is available when the Wolves pick at #7 and they don’t take him, it will be the biggest mistake of the draft.” Kind of wish I had now.
Yeah, interesting deal with the Sonics. I don’t think it’s a horrible deal, but it feels like the kind of deal McHale would make. A really young guy (Green) and a nothing player who is probably on the downswing (Wally). I mean, where’s the game-plan in that deal? But the Celts are looking better for a run in the short term, and you’ve got to think that getting a guy like Allen was maybe a bargaining chip for getting KG in green? Either way, it probably makes Peirce happy.
And the Blazers, you’re right, but my goodness that could be another team that’s about two years away from being unreal. I’m predicting a Wolves/Blazers Western Conference Finals in 2009.
One more thought: Upon further review I really like the Chris Richard pick in the second round. This guy would have been an impact starter on almost any other team in college basketball. He likes to knock people around in the paint, he has the ability to score, and he seems to be the kind of guy that makes people think twice about going to the basket. Several people thought he'd go undrafted, but I don't mind the pick for the Wolves, since they have always needed a guy like him.
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