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Continued: Chip Scoggins: Saunders looks like a success in pending Love deal

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 11, 2014 - 6:27 AM

If Wiggins develops into an elite player or superstar under Saunders — or whoever he hires to replace him as coach — this trade will make Wolves fans view Love as a distant memory. If Wiggins fails to meet expectations as the No. 1 overall pick, this trade will haunt the organization just like all the other examples in its graveyard of mistakes. That pressure falls squarely on Flip’s shoulders.

Be prepared for growing pains. The trade will make them incredibly young, the Minnesota Timberpups. Wolves fans have had their patience tested to immeasurable depths, but this young core of talent will need time to develop with no guarantees of a sweet reward.

But this looks like a promising deal, potentially a great one. Kevin Love did not want to be here and had one foot out the door. And Saunders managed to replace him with a young player who realistically could become a star, along with other pieces in the deal.

That’s a palatable outcome to a messy situation.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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