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Trading Corey Brewer for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's expiring contract certainly makes sense.
Brewer was never going to play significant minutes for a winning team. He looked so good this year because the Wolves have so few energetic players, so few players who even attempt to play defense, that Brewer stood out.
Trading him makes sense. Acquiring a talent young underachiever, in Anthony Randolph, also makes sense.
Aquiring Michael Beasley, signing Darko Mlicic and trading for Randolph are all moves that make sense in terms of the outgoing and incoming assets. Beasley could become a star. Randolph could become a force. Mlicic has given the Wolves a presence at center.
What's problematic is David Kahn's desperation to make a splash. He is filling his roster with talented young players who may not ever figure out how to play winning basketball. He is creating cap space for free agents who will never sign with the Timberwolves. If Randolph or Beasley becomes a star, Kahn can claim he's a personnel genius, but will either ever be a star on a good team, or, at their best, will they be spectacular athletes on bad teams?
I still say if the Wolves are ever going to turn the corner, it will be because they begin drafting well. Kahn's horrific first draft is still the defining moment of his tenure, and even though DeMarcus Cousins has been a pain in the butt, I"d still take his talent, especially if he were playing for the right coach.
-Justin Morneau took batting practice for the first time in camp today, wearing a batting helmet (most players just wear caps when facing coaches throwing BP.)
He looked OK. He hit a few shots to rightfield, but looked rusty. I guess that's to be expected.
In terms of putting on a show in batting practice, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome and Danny Valencia were impressive. Delmon Young looks impressive physically - I tweeted earlier than his arms are bigger than Mark Rosen's massive head. Rosie didn't think that was nice.
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