Updated: July 28, 9:21 AM ET
To maintain its zany pace and truly be the offseason that has everything, this summer had to have at least one mega-trade at some point.
Naturally, as if on cue, a four-team doozy was completed to satisfy all the above requirements.
The trade hinged on the Timberwolves' willingness to gamble on Spree, and making that gambit -- as opposed to pursuing the more conservative acquisition of Sacramento's Hedo Turkoglu -- means Minnesota has a lineup that has never looked more worthy of the second round of the playoffs.
"It looks like the Wolves are taking the Lakers' approach," one rival general manager said. "Get all the talent and ask questions later."
San Antonio dropped out of the Spree Sweeptakes earlier in the week, deciding that it didn't want to make a major tweak to its championship chemistry, much as Gregg Popovich likes his fellow Warriors alumnus. Indiana was another potential participant in a four-way, with the Pacers desperate to acquire Minnesota's Terrell Brandon for the salary-cap relief tied to Brandon's contract, thereby giving the Pacers hope of keeping Brad Miller away from Utah or Denver.
In the end, it appears that Atlanta knocked the Pacers out with a big name the Sixers couldn't resist: Glenn Robinson. Had the Pacers been involved instead of the Hawks, the Sixers would have acquired Austin Croshere and Ron Mercer.
Instead, the proposed deal breaks down thusly for the clubs involved:
Instead of saving Brandon's cap-friendly contract for themselves, after previously acquiring Sam Cassell in a trade with Milwaukee and signing Michael Olowokandi, the Wolves have tried to increase their odds of re-signing Garnett by taking on even more salary. As a result, Minnesota suddenly has a variety of scoring options -- don't forget Wally Szczerbiak and Troy Hudson -- to give Garnett the most help he has ever had.
Of course, it might require KG's unselfish best to make it work, unless another trade follows to, say, move Szczerbiak for more of a role player. All five of Garnett's aforementioned teammates need shots and touches to be effective. Garnett and coach Flip Saunders will be stretched trying to make it all mesh.
Then again, Minny can probably stand this kind of zaniness. After seven straight first-round exits, a talent logjam must look like the proverbial Great Problem To Have.