$10 Million Man:
When David Kahn signed Andrei Kirilenko to a two year, $20 million contract, he had to have known it would handcuff the team from doing anything in free agency. Well, that might be giving the former GM too much credit.
The biggest night of the offseason won't be during the draft Thursday night where the Wolves have the ninth and 26th overall selections in the first round. It will be whichever day between now and July 1 the veteran makes his decision.
I like Kirilenko, but not his durability and not for the price tag he is at. There is no way we get 82 games out of him. The actual number would likely be high 50's or lower 60's played. He wants a multi-year deal but would he opt out of $10 million?
Not exactly sure why Kahn made the last opt in/out date the end of June, but once again he sent a pointed toed boot kick to the manhood.
The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night and the Wolves are hosting a draft party at Target Center with the doors opening at 5:30 and the draft beginning at 6:30. There is no charge.
A bit of a mystery surrounds this draft mostly because there is no consensus top choice. Mock drafts have been all over the board and difficult at best to figure how the top of the draft will go. The Wolves need shooters and the guess is Flip covets Indiana's Victor Oladipo but does he like him enough to pull the trigger and move up. I believe the Hoosier guard is #1 on Flip's board, but again is that enough to pay the price to play poker.
Pass the Mayo:
If AK opts out of his deal, the hot name of target is a guy we drafted in the first place in OJ Mayo. I still remember that draft and having my then 12 year old son went to sleep pleased as punch thinking we had drafted Mayo and Mario Chalmers. He woke up the next morning with Kevin Love. I like but don't Love Mayo, but his 40 percent from three will be a welcome sight for a team that shot a league worst from deep.