HIBBING — I know I’m not very bright at times, but I still can’t quite figure out who the MInnesota Timberwolves drafted on Thursday night.

It’s not that I haven’t heard the name, but it has to be the least talked about trade in the NBA.

According to the reports, Minnesota General Manager Gersson Rosas traded Dario Saric and the No. 11 pick to Phoenix in exchange for the Suns’ No. 6 pick.

The report said Rosas hit the ground running in his first season as general manager, but I don’t call that a sprint of a move. It’s more like a jog. It’s not earth shattering, put it that way.

Supposedly, the Wolves picked up Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech, who is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year.

That doesn’t mean anything to me. Yes, Texas Tech made it into the Final Four and even got into the championship game, with Culver averaging 18.5 points per game. He pulled down 6.4 rebounds and dished out 3.7 assists.

Evidently, Culver can also play some defense, which the Wolves sorely need.

Culver is a wing, which now gives the Wolves more depth at that spot with Robert Covington, Andrew Wiggins and Josh Okogie on the team.

Again, it’s not earth shattering news. It seems like a typical Minnesota move.

If Rosas wanted to make a splash, then he should have traded Wiggins to get rid of that contract, if nothing else.

I wouldn’t mind keeping Wiggins on this team, but he’s so inconsistent for a high first-round pick.

He needs to come to play every day, not just when he wants to play.

If he became half of the player he was supposed to be, Minnesota would be in the playoffs every season.

Maybe Rosas will make a splash in free agency, but no player wants to come to Minnesota.

We’ll see what happens, but don’t expect anything major.


Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton wouldn’t tip his hand as to who he was selecting in the NHL Draft Friday, but are we supposed to be thrilled with the selection, Matt Boldy.

Boldy had 33 goals and 48 assists with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program last season, but how will that translate into the NHL?

It’s probably not going to be this year, or the next, and when Boldy does arrive, it’s not a guarantee he’s going to be any good.

Free agency does start in a couple of weeks, and again, we’ve heard about the trade rumors, but he didn’t pull anything off on the first day of the draft.

Sometimes, it’s all talk and no action.

Both the Wild and Wolves need a franchise-changing player or players, and they never seem to get them.

I’m not saying they’re bad draft picks. Maybe they will work out in the end.

Again, I have no reason to be thrilled about these selections. Hopefully, Fenton, like Rosas, knows what he’s doing, or both the Wolves and Wild will be on the outside looking in when the playoffs roll around in 2020.


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