MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 21: Crunch, the mascot for the Minnesota Timberwolves performs during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on November 21, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Spurs defeated the Timberwolves 121-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Timberwolves: Offseason Grade

The Minnesota Timberwolves spent the 2015 offseason performing the real life equivalent of my NBA2k team. Essentially, they cut some salary and roster spots to make room for a coveted draft pick, re-signed the greatest Timberwolf of all time, a local kid returned home via draft night trade and snagged some European potential.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 06: Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets reacts following a foul call in the second quarter against the Boston Celtics during the game at TD Garden on December 6, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Our Hands Are Ty’d

Will the Nuggets be able to cope with the end of the Lawson era, or is this the beginning of a happier Denver tomorrow?

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 21:  Perry Jones #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the first half while taking on the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Boston Reboot of Perry Jones III

On July 14, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics completed a trade that sent forward Perry Jones III and Detroit’s 2019 second-round pick to Boston in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2018.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07:  Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons dribbles against Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks during their game at  Madison Square Garden on January 7, 2014 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Monroe in Milwaukee, Bucks Future Looks Bright

Free agent forward-center Greg Monroe left the Detroit Pistons in search of a new home this offseason. He didn’t go to New York or Los Angeles or any other team with cash to burn. The news was equally parts exciting for small market teams and legitimate interest in the Monroe fit with the Bucks.

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Big Picture in the Big Apple

Despite the fact that many of us are still laughing about Phil Jackson’s tweet during the playoffs and the boos at Barclays following Kristaps Porzingis’ no. 4 draft selection, the New York Knicks have quietly had a quality offseason. Moving past the immediate irony of Jackson drafting the Latvian project with a proclivity for shooting […]

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