After our little talk this morning about whether the Wolves are worse than the Nets this season, we have an interesting look at what they’re thinking long-term. Sure, their draft was a complete bust, Al Jefferson has been clashing with management, Kevin Love is the best player in the doghouse at this moment, and Corey Brewer’s improvement this season hasn’t been enough to stop their need for a legitimate two-guard.
But hey, they’ve got a plan! They’re bringing Darko back!
That’s right, Darko Milicic, who you may remember as a pivotal cog of
Detroit, Memphis, New York 2003 pre-draft hype, was dead-set on returning to Europe this season before being traded to Minnesota for peanuts. The Wolves have subsequently tossed him into the starting role, benching and relatively burying Kevin Love, one of the better young players on their team.
NBA FanHouse’s Tim Povtak reports that the Wolves are planning to offer Darko a multi-year contract when he becomes a free-agent this summer. They are expected to be bidding against the Absolutely No One Else’s, who are looking to add to their core of temperamental headcases with questionable basketball ability and limited offensive repertoires.
You can see why the Wolves are thinking of re-signing him, he’s averaging 6.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 23 minutes. Okay, that was a joke. No lie, his per-40 numbers aren’t bad. 10 points, 10 boards, and 2 blocks. If his conditioning was such he could log serious minutes, he wouldn’t be bad. So maybe there’s something there.
After all, since adding Milicic, the Wolves have been on a tear, winning 14 straight and 20 of 21.
Wait, did I say winning? I meant losing. The Wolves have been losing at an epic rate.
It’s not that Darko doesn’t have potential. He does. But if this is what the Wolves consider a big part of their reclamation of the fallen franchise, it’s a risky gamble to take.
But hey, they have more wins than the Nets. So they’ve got that going for them.