It’s a bit late to be commenting on this, but hasn’t Kevin McHale pulled off a great deal swapping O.J. Mayo, Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric, and Greg Buckner for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins? Of the eight players in this deal, there are two prospects, five scrubs, and one good player. McHale got the good player. And while I wouldn’t be shocked if Mayo turned out to be a better player than Love, I wouldn’t be shocked if things turned out the other way. And the Timberwolves didn’t take any kind of financial hit on this in terms of contracts.
Basically the Wolves exchanged one plausible #3 draft pick for another totally plausible #3 draft pick and snagged Mike Miller in the bargain. That’s still not a playoff team in the West, but it’s a pretty damn solid trade.