Thanks to an emailer for passing this on. The following from an ESPN interview with Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, via Clutchfans.net:
Once we took Rubio, we knew for a fact that unless he was taken in the top two picks that year that he couldn’t come for at least a year, maybe two because of the buyout. So we knew we had no point guard on the roster, and if you recall in that free agent class, we had as the number one point guard, Ramon Sessions. And I was very worried that Ramon was going to cost a lot of money, because several teams were sniffing around Ramon already. Also, we didn’t have any tradable assets. Al Jefferson was coming off an ACL, Corey Brewer was coming off an ACL, Kevin (Love) I didn’t want to trade — he was just coming off his first year. We had a very, very thin team. So I just felt very strongly that night that we had to come out of the first round with a point guard. We loved Jonny Flynn. And I loved Jonny Flynn, I want to be very clear about that. And it’s my pick, I own it, I’m accountable for it. Our staff loved Jonny Flynn. We had him over Rubio on the board. I especially liked his leadership capabilities. Jonny has a lot of that — it’s like pouring out of him. But one of those things I think we suppressed that first year were those very same leadership capabilities, because we made him play a style of play that he wasn’t conducive to him, and it made him feel very insecure about who he was as a player.
I don’t know what to make of Flynn. (I do know what to make of the Rockets’ stockpiling of former lottery pick failures.) ESPN reports had the team shopping him almost immediately after the acquisition. But Houston had attempted to acquire the point guard even last season. Does Morey see hidden value here or not?
via Warriors Aren’t Just Giving Away Biedrins | Inside the Warriors:
I’ve been told the Rockets have offered Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill. Haven’t confirmed if they were offered as a package, but the figures add up. Thabeet, a former No. 2 overall pick, is widely regarded as someone who simply not good enough to play in the NBA and probably won’t be. There is still some hope for Jordan Hill, but he’s got a Post-It note on his back that says “stiff.”
Bottom line for the Warriors: that’s not enough.
The Biedrins rumors are intriguing if for no other reason than that the still-only-25-year-old center averaged 11 boards per game at age 22 some years ago. Andris’ production has dropped rather dramatically but this at least provides some insight into the Rockets’ thinking. [And hopefully a muzzle for those screaming on draft night in regards to what they perceived as a lack of recognition from Rockets management regarding the team's need for height...]
The contract, slated at $9million annually, is tough to swallow…until really conceptualizing the math. The top centers on the market this summer (Jordan/Gasol) will scoff at similar offers. Where do I sign up? A frontcourt trio of Biedrins-Patterson-Morris could man the paint for the foreseeable future.
What’s disappointing though is that, if this report is true, it speaks to the team’s opinions of Thabeet. I was about the only one left who held still any hopes for the former #2-overall-pick. If dangling him for a player in Biedrins whose team can’t seem to even give him away, it would appear the Rockets have little confidence in Hasheem’s chances of turning things around.
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I won’t bother quoting the article because it’s a must-read in totality, but you can access it here, via the Chronicle. Just fascinating insight from one of the most respected judges of talent in the industry.
In honesty, Thorpe’s analysis almost awakened the child within me. He touches on Morris’ versatile skillset and potential to bully opposing small forwards inside. It’s exciting to consider the possibilities. We focus so much on vertical leaps and wingspans that sometimes, we just forget about the ‘ballers.’ Dunking from the free throw line is nice, but you don’t want a 6’8 badass with handles and a mean streak trucking down opponents inside? How do Paul Pierce’s combine numbers stack up against clowns like Trevor Ariza?
Thorpe calls Patterson the steal of last year’s draft and says Morris has the potential to be, for this year, the same. After seeing PP’s impact on games late last season upon replacing an injured Luis Scola, you just can’t wait for the season to get underway.
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A lot of thoughts. First, I recommend heading over to SBNation’s TheDreamshake for in-depth pick by pick coverage of yesterday’s event.
One thing I want to touch on is my attitude towards the draft itself, in general. It used to be something I regarded with complete apathy, and for good reason. There was little chance anyone Carrol Dawson selected, even a first-rounder, would have any impact on the team so why become emotionally invested in the process? That’s changed. With Morey at the helm, if it’s a first-rounder, there’s a pretty good chance the player selected will be on your television screen for extended periods in the near future. On a night when the team selected two players in the first round, there’s much reason for excitement.
Two summers in a row, while the rest of the NBA world seems to traffic in the kind of high-stakes rumors that make Peter Vescey’s palms sweaty and heart skip a beat, the Houston Rockets made two presumably heady, low-budget moves by signing Trevor Ariza and Brad Miller in consecutive summers. And apparently, for the second summer in a row, Daryl Morey decided he didn’t like the deal after only a year and shipped out the offending contract to take on players on rookie contracts. The departure of Miller will certainly end an era in hilariously depressing ends of important late-season games (and will definitely kill our hip quotient), but this move signifies something about Morey that almost seems to make him better than infallible: self-awareness.