Wolves land Quentin Richardson in trade
The Timberwolves' new general manager, David Kahn, continues his wheeling and dealing, today trading away Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen, and Craig Smith to the L.A. Clippers in exchange for Quentin Richardson.
The move provides the Wolves some needed size in the backcourt. The 6-6, 235-pound Richardson will likely start at two-guard alongside rookie PG Jonny Flynn, assuming, of course, Ricky Rubio stays put in Spain.
While he's by no means a game-changer--he averaged a 10 points and 4.4 boards last year with the Knicks--Richardson should fit into the run-and-gun style of play Kahn appears to favor. (Before he was going to be traded, Madsen blogged about a conversation he had with Kahn: "We did talk about our style of play for the coming season and he told me that we're going to be a running team," he wrote).
While Madsen and Smith played limited minutes, they were regarded as quintessential locker room guys. Telfair showed flashes of brilliance, but never quite lived up to hype that surrounded him since his teenage days in Brooklyn. At least one Wolf will miss the trio.
"How do I feel about the trade???" tweets Kevin Love. "Well...we lost a lot of good men out there... I Needed Rhino to have my back, Bassy needed to Spread the Love the Brooklyn way...and Mark? Well now I don't have a translator for rubio..."