All right, so lets say Pek gets an offer from Portland for near max money, and we don't match it. AK has an option to leave next year - and the way he is playing he will easily get someone to give him 3-4 years at $10M+/yr so he may bolt. The team has options on Steaming pile and DC. So next year's roster looks like this:
PG - Rubio (great defender, terrible shooter)
PG/SG - Loompa (streaky shooter like Anthony Peeler (copyright Hawkeye))
PG/SG - Luke (Aging PG with rapdily diminishing skills)
PG/IR - Lee (overrated defender with an average handle)
SG - Shved (streaky shooter, good defender)
PF - Williams (seems to be affected by gravity more significantly than others)
SF/PF - Cuningham (serviceable role player)
PC/C - Love (unhappy bordering on miserable 'star')
Future Sandwich maker - Steamer (one dimensional to no dimensional player)
I don't care who has career years form the lineup, nothing good is coming out of that nine. And here's the best news: that lineup costs $47,200,870! That's leaves less than $11M in cap space to add a starting center, a starting SF, a backup center, a backup SF. We could decline Steimsma and DC to get $5M back, but that won't help much.
All of that is to say this: Pek, AK, Williams, and Loompa are the only players outside of Love and Ricky that have trade value. We control D Will (2016) and JJ (2015) for a few more years, and can recoup some value later if necessary. But losing Pek and AK without getting value would kill this team. If Pek isn't going to sign with us, we need to move him and AK now to get value back. If we can deal Pek, AK and D Will in some combination to get a SF and starting center I think we need to do it.
We have plenty of good quality complimentary players who simply need a leader. Pek gets so underrated at times as a top 5 scorer at the center position with a fairly good differential in offensive rating over defensive rating. AK is the epitome of a utility player. Shved and Ricky are gamers. Williams is a nice trade chip, but he's also potentially a valuable change-up off of the bench.
No matter who we trade, it seems we are unlikely to get fair value. At this point, I wouldn't rush into anything, but I also wouldn't count anything and I mean anything out.
United We Run
Any word on where BRoy's at in delaying the inevitable?
Kahn said he will be making the next road trip. Roy wants to hold off until he is pain free, or close to it, before going back on the court.
Now why did the Wolves do that?
^Also according to Wolfson, he may not come back at all.
It is hard to be a fan of this franchise.
Hope everything is okay with Adelman's family as it doesn't appear to be him according to reports.