Even if Ridnour isn't part of the equation, is this getting a little reckless? And does it feel a little too much like the Kevin McHale era of treating draft picks like bread for the pigeons?
The other side, we suppose, is that they could be getting a budding star -- and if Batum is as good as they apparently think he is, it could vault Minnesota into the playoffs for years to come and make those draft picks they are giving up choices in the low teens or 20s. And it would be a big-time move without having to move Derrick Williams (as to where Williams' minutes would come from, we don't have that answer).
It's a dice roll, but sometimes when you start fixating on one guy, you lose sight of just how good he is (or isn't). Batum is a nice player, but as of now he's basically what the Wolves hoped Wes Johnson would be (but isn't): A versatile wing player who can shoot the three and play a solid all-around game.
What are your thoughts? Would you do the reported deal? Would you roll the dice that you can get Batum straight-up without a match from Portland? Or would you walk away now that it's getting a little too complicated?