Minnesota Timberwolves To Pursue Rudy Gay

Zeeshan KhanContributor IIJune 7, 2010

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of a few teams that are under the cap and can sign a max contract player.

However, the problem is finding someone worthy to take that money!

Most of the top-tier free agents this offseason will either stay with their old teams or go to cities like New York, Chicago, and New Jersey.

So the question is, who do the Minnesota Timberwolves go after?

The answer according to most people is Rudy Gay.

He has the potential to make this team relevant if they can snatch him from the Memphis Grizzlies.

A core of Flynn, Love, Jefferson, and Rudy Gay is a pretty good young team. Besides that, they also have the No. Four pick in the draft and the rights to Ricky Rubio.

If they feel they can get someone good for Love or Jefferson, they will most likely do it.

They can also throw the No. Four pick in the draft into a trade for a better quality player.

However, Heisley (the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies) has already stated that they will probably match any offer that Rudy Gay gets.

Knowing the Grizzlies will likely match any offer they throw at Rudy Gay, should the Minnesota Timberwolves go out of their way to get him and give him a max contract or a near max contract?

I don't see the Grizzlies matching the Timberwolves if Rudy gets offered a max deal since they already have some other talented pieces they can build around in O.J Mayo, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.


Does Rudy Gay have the potential to be a Maximum Contract Player?

Well right now I consider him a borderline all-star in the league. If we look at his progress in the league we can get a good idea if he has reached his ceiling or if he can still continue to improve.

His stats have been relatively the same for the past three seasons so I don't think he can improve greatly although he can improve his assists which are usually around two per game.

Overall, I think if the Minnesota Timberwolves manage to sign him, he will perform quite well but not to the extent of deserving a maximum contract.