Speaking of things that make sense, and speaking of vomit creeping towards my uvula, the Wolves are wining and dining Caucasian free agent point guard Luke "Frodo" Ridnour. One would think this MUST mean we are trading Sessions in a deal, but my gut tells me it's Kahn adding another guard to the mix and no deal is in place. It just seems to be how he rolls. Might as well give him a few million of our cap space too. Wouldn't hurt, right?
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In lieu of us all getting depressed at what in god's name Kahn is up to this offseason ("you just wait, he has a plan!!!!"...right.), I almost forgot about the mock draft contest from a few weeks back.
When one develops an overcomplicated scoring system, it simply takes a little longer than normal to score. Add that to the hint of apathy creeping into my bloodstream as we slowly transform into the the first all-Caucasian team since the 1950's when we add David Lee and now apparently Luke Ridnour to the roster and, well, I just need a few extra days. Shoot me.
To be honest, most people who submitted an entry failed miserably. And that's okay. Based on the scoring, the people who tried to get cute in the top 4, and those who picked Udoh in the 7-10 range were out of contention immediately. Corect picks after 8 were few and far between, so that was not pivitol to the results. There were two standouts, Alex from Minneapolis, and our own College Wolf. The winner of this years contest is ALEX from Minneapolis with a score of 19 points, edging CW by 2. Alex nailed it by guessing the first 8 picks correctly, as well as Babbitt at 16. Good work! Congratulations on winning the free tickets!
'Til next year, when we can dream up Luke Ridnour trade scenarios on draft night...no comments
Next year your Minnesota Timberwolves may not win many games, but by golly we will be one big happy, smiley team! No one can ever take that away from us! We will most certainly lead the league in smiles. In fact, I'm sure of it.
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Wesley Johnson - Easily one of the most smiley college players in recent college basketball history. Thank GOD the TWolves passed on DeMarcus Cousins at #4. Cousins would absolutely kill our Smiles-Per-48-Minutes ratio.
Al Jefferson - Smiling because he's about to be traded away from here.
Kevin Love - Smiling because he'll be starting soon.
Ricky Rubio - Smiling because he's still a rock star in Spain.
Darko Milicic - Smiling because we gave him $20 million dollars, when no other teams wanted him for free.
Nikola Pekovic - Smiling because we now have fellow countryman Darko to keep him company.
Martell Webster - Smiling because he'll actually play now. Smiling because some team (desperately) wanted him. Seems like a smiley guy in the Brewer/Flynn/Ellington/Johnson mold.
Ryan Hollins - Smiling because he can jump high. Also smiling because he has a guaranteed contract but should not actually be in the league. As you can see in the picture, needs a little help with his Smiling.
Lazar Hayward - Smiling because someone actually drafted him.
Paulo Prestes - See above.
Nemanja Bjelica - See above.
Greg Stiemsma - Smiling because he's listed on the official roster.
David Kahn - Smiling because he's potentially crazy.
Kurt Rambis - Smiling because he has to.
Glen Taylor - Smiling because he thinks he knows what he's doing.
Crunch - Smiling because the mascot costume has no other choice.
Ramon Sessions - Only guy not smiling.
P.S. Joakim Noah - Needs help Smilingno comments
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Busy day Wolves fans. The Wolves just signed Darko Milicic to go with the earlier signing of Pekovic. Darko gets a 4 year deal for $20 million. Really, not terrible by today's standards for big men. Very luckily for us, the fourth year is only partially guaranteed. I can live with that. Also, Darko wants to be here (lead the league in smiles hooray!), he plays above average defense, is a superb passer, and has legitimate seven footer size. He could potentially be the Wolves best center. Ever.
Now we only have about $5 million of cap space, after using nearly all of it in Kahn's "Fourth Window of Opportunity" to acquire Martell Webster/Darko/and Pekovic. Make your own decisions on that. But if Kahn wants Rudy Gay/David Lee/Pecherov (joking), then it is going to have to be via a Sign and Trade with Big Alco Jefferson's contract. Or he gives Jefferson away for an entirely unguaranteed contract like Hayward from Dallas, and then signs a free agent. Getting rid of Al for nothing (or S&T), allows us to acquire someone for a max of approximately $16 million or so. A little more or less depending on how we fill out the end of the roster.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed with free agent Darko Milicic on a four-year deal, his agent, Marc Cornstein told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The contract is worth $20 million and the fourth year is only partially guaranteed, sources close to the process told ESPN.com.
Free agents can't formally sign contracts until July 8.
The deal for Milicic is extraordinary considering that in February he wasn't playing and said he was giving up on the NBA and returning to Europe.
The deal is the second for the Wolves in the first 24 hours of free agency. Earlier this morning, the team agreed to a four-year, $13 million deal with their 2008 second round-pick, Nikola Pekovic.
With the two moves, the Timberwolves spent $33 million to shore up their middle.
The Milicic and Pekovic deals severely cut into the Wolves' cap room this summer. Starting July 1, with $13 million under the cap, Minnesota now has a little under $5 million left to use on remaining free agents.
ESPN.com is reporting that the Denver Nuggets have offered Carmelo Anthony the ultimate litmus test of his loyalty with a 3-year $65M dollar extension. That extension is likely far more money than Anthony would be able to make under next season's collective bargaining agreement. Logic would hold that if Carmelo has any serious intentions of remaining a Nugget, he'll grab the money and run. If he refuses to sign the contract, it's a likely sign that he's planning on departing for another city.
If Carmelo doesn't sign the contract, the Nuggets are wisely planning on moving him, deciding that it's better to get something in return for him instead of watching him walk away for nothing. If Denver does go down that pathway, the Timberwolves are certainly an interesting trade partner. Rumors have it that the Nuggets have already made some inquiries about the Big Alcoholic and the Wolves do have a slew of young players to send their way. Could a deal of Al Jefferson, Wes Johnson, and Corey Brewer be enough of a haul for Denver? You would think that the Nuggets would like to get some draft picks in return, but unless the receiving team has a guarantee to lock-up Melo long-term it's tough to start giving away future assets for what may amount to merely a single-season loan.
Again, a lot of this is speculation, but when our current best hopes are maxing out David Lee or Rudy Gay, or trading Al Jefferson for Eric Dampier's expiring contract, it can be fun to dream. So let's hear your best offer to Denver for Melo in the comments! Feel free to also propose some trades from other teams that might give the Wolves a run!no comments
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I guess it's pretty much just a formality at this point; but Big Alco Jefferson finally requested a trade. This comes after David Kahn offered him via trade to every team in the NBA on draft night, and a handful of teams in the WNBA as well. Fortunately for Wolves fans, the WNBA teams he contacted didn't have any SF's that Kahn really liked, in exchange for Al and future first round draft pick(s).
Good job Al, way to somehow manage to lower your trade value even further...........
Eric Pincus - 07/01/2010 2:15am EST:
Al Jefferson of the Minnesota Timberwolves has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves tried to move Al leading up to the NBA Draft. Two teams that have shown serious interest include the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls.
The Wolves have signed Nikola Pekovic, their second round pick in the 2008 Draft, to a $13 million contract over three seasons.
Pekovic averaged 14.8 points per game last season.
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With less than 8 hours left to go before the NBA landscape undergoes a massive renovation, it's time to take one last look at the Wolves chances of landing one of the big names up for bid. At least two years of hype will culminate this evening at 12:00AM. As we await that moment, so many questions remain unanswered. Will the Rogue Trader Kahn get his man, or will our off-season of disappointment continue? Does anyone want to come to Minnesota? Can we find a way to bring Roundhouse back to blogging? Who is that rotund character who pops up on the blog every now and then?
Anyway, it's time to break down each of the major free agent players and what the Wolves chances, if any, are of landing them. Let's start with the biggest fish in the sea...
Clearly, the absolute best scenario for the Wolves would be bringing LeBron James into the fold. Too bad it has about a 0.00000000000000000000000001 to the negative infinitieth power chance of happening. I will move on.
Ok, here's where David Kahn probably has a better chance of pulling off the signing than buying the winning powerball ticket. Do I think Bosh is coming to Minnesota? Absolutely not. However, if Chris Bosh is seeking a max contract, he likely won't be following LeBron to whatever city he ends up choosing. Other than the Knicks, there aren't any teams that can just flat-out absorb LeBron and Bosh both at the max. What Bosh will likely have to do to sign outright for a max contract is to opt for whatever city King James and DWade end up spurning. Also worth noting is the fact that if Bosh truly wants the biggest payday possible, he'll have to sign with Toronto and then be traded. This option could earn him up to $20M more over the lift of his deal. Here's also where things get a little tricker, because Toronto will obviously want to have some say in what they're brining back in return for Chris's massive contract. If that's truly the case, Minnesota could be a prime trading partner. We're one of the few teams with cap space who haven't absolutely gutted their entire roster.
Again, this all hinges in Bosh looking to lock up every dollar he can. If the weather or winning take precedent, the Wolves are done here.
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Nice trade KAHN, definitely your best work yet! I can't believe the Wizards gave away Rubio for two crappy one-and-done rentals. Then again they did get Wall, so it doesn't really matter now.
WIZARDS RENOUNCE RANDY FOYE'S RIGHTS
So long Foye, you are terrible. Will anyone sign him? I guess yes, but it will be interesting to see what he gets. I surely wouldn't give him much more than the minimum. Maybe he'll sign with the Nets after they fail to land any star free agents.
Thank goodness we didn't keep him... as I'm sure we would have been tempted to pick up his QO.
P.S. "Let's Build It" ??? That marketing campaign makes me throw up in my mouth.
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