David Kahn’s Minnesota Timberwolves have done it again. The T’wolves had what may have been the most baffling draft night since…well, since their last draft night. Minnesota drafted Derrick Williams with the No. 2 pick, then proceeded to make five separate, equally puzzling trades.
Let’s recap them here:
-Acquired Brad Miller, the draft rights to Nikola Mirotic (23rd overall pick) and Chandler Parsons (38th overall pick), and a future first-round pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Jonny Flynn, the draft rights to Donatas Motiejunas (20th overall pick) and a future second-round pick.
-Sent the draft rights to Mirotic to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the draft rights to Norris Cole (28th overall pick), Malcolm Lee (43rd overall pick), and cash considerations.
-Sent the draft rights of Cole to the Miami Heat in exchange for the draft rights to Bojan Bogdanovic (31st overall pick), a future second-round pick and cash considerations.
-Sent the draft rights to Bogdanovic to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.
-Sent the draft rights to Parsons back to Houston in exchange for cash considerations.
- Sent an additional 2012 pick to the Rockets after Houston team doctors expressed concern over Flynn’s hip injury following the post-trade physical. Without the extra pick the Rockets would have voided the deal.
So after all of that Minnesota ends up with: Brad Miller and Malcolm Lee, a few extra draft picks and some cash. (In the off-chance that the entire internet did not crash or your brain did not explode as you read those transactions, please continue).
In addition to those five moves, the Timberwolves also received the rights to No. 57 overall pick Tanguy Ngombo from the Portland Trail Blazers. Ngombo was supposed to be a hidden gem from Qatar that only Minnesota knew about. As most of you have heard about by now, that hidden gem was actually a 26-year-old who was therefore ineligible for the draft.
So the Timberwolves, a team that supposedly has the best international scouting department in all of basketball made one of the most hilarious mistakes in the history of the NBA Draft. Oh, and Ngombo also lied about the spelling of his first name, as he listed himself as “Targuy” not “Tanguy.”
Did we also mention that Kahn waited until the day before the draft to let it leak out that he planned on firing head coach Kurt Rambis the day after the draft? Yeah. So instead of everyone focusing on the draft, which is supposed to be a positive event, everyone was wondering why Kahn had waited so long to give Rambis the axe. This late in the process, all the top tier coaching candidates are gone.
On top of that, by adding Derrick Williams to the roster, the Timberwolves now have Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph, Lazar Hayward and Williams on the roster as forwards. Had Minnesota drafted Turkish center Enes Kanter (who went 3rd to the Utah Jazz) and had a frontcourt of him, Love and Beasley/Johnson, no one would have questioned Kahn’s decision-making.
Then again, this is the same guy who drafted three point guards in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft (two of them in the lottery). Yes, he traded one of them (Ty Lawson) away, but Lawson may end up being the best of the three guys he took. The other two (Ricky Rubio and Flynn) have given the organization nothing so far, and of course now that Flynn is in Houston he’ll continue to do so.
The franchise is also apparently getting fed up with Wesley Johnson’s lack of development. The No. 4 pick in the 2010 Draft, Johnson averaged just 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game as a rookie.
Since Kahn took over as the head of basketball operations in May of 2009, the Timberwolves have posted a record of 32-132. All he needs is a 100-game winning streak to crack .500. Even if the Wolves miraculously were to tie the Bulls all-time single-season record of 72-10, Kahn will still be just 104-142 in his tenure.
When you combine this wave of ineptitude with the fact Minnesota has not even reached the playoffs since 2004, it’s hard to argue that there is a worse organization in all of sports right now. A look at the other contenders shows that they can’t quite match the T’wolves.
LA Clippers: Historically awful, but the emergence of Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and a promising young cast gives them more direction than the T’wolves. Of course, if anyone can out-Kahn David Kahn it’s Donald Sterling.
Pittsburgh Pirates: The Bucs have set the record for most consecutive losing seasons by a sports franchise, but are over .500 right now and poised to shed their label as the worst in all sports.
Cincinnati Bengals: As dysfunctional as this organization is, let’s not forget that the Bengals actually won a division title two years ago.
Oakland Raiders: A lot of people forget that the Raiders finished 8-8 last season. Then promptly fired their coach. But hey, 8-8 is pretty good.
Toronto Maple Leafs: They haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967 despite playing in the largest freaking city in Canada and have not reached the playoffs since 2004 despite playing in the freaking NHL. Wait…this is kind of undermining our argument. Uh, they’re from Canada, doesn’t count!