A Gift from Minnesota: How Brandon Roy Got to Portland

The way Jonathan Givony tells it, the Blazers really pulled a fast one on Kevin McHale on draft night.

The highlight of the night for me personally was seeing Portland single handedly destroy a trade the Timberwolves and Rockets had in place (#6 Brandon Roy, for Luther Head and #8 Randy Foye) by forcing Minnesota’s hand and taking Foye a pick early at #7. That ensured that the Timberwolves had to trade arguably the 2nd best player in the draft to the Blazers for Foye and cash considerations, a move that was entirely lost on ESPN at the time but should go down as one of the most ballsy ever.

He goes on to give Minnesota an F for their draft performance:

Being outmuscled by the Portland Trailblazers should be embarrassing enough, but you have to wonder why in the world they gave up Brandon Roy for so little? The Timberwolves should have been taking Roy at #6 to begin with, and the drop down to Randy Foye at #7 most definitely should have cost a lot more than just a million dollars. That’s not a knock on Foye, but more an indication of just how lucky Minnesota should have felt to get Roy at #6 with how perfect he fills their needs.

If that wasn’t enough, the Timberwolves took a 6-7 unathletic power forward early in the 2nd round and then traded away a better player in Bobby Jones for a future 2nd round pick. To make up for all their mistakes up until this point, they drafted a Greek robot in the late 2nd round whose game won’t translate to the NBA in a million years.

Considering the hand they were dealt, how poorly they satisfied their needs, the lack of value they got at their picks and the very obvious lack of direction that Kevin McHale and the Minnesota Timberwolves have shown over the past few years, it’s no wonder Kevin Garnett cannot wait to get out of town.

Of course, if either Brandon Roy or Randy Foye turns out vastly better than the other, players, GMs, and owners will be looking foolish because of this trade.