From the Star Tribune:
The Timberwolves traded guard Ricky Davis and center Mark Blount to Miami for three players and a first-round pick, the team announced early this afternoon.
The Heat are sending veterans Antoine Walker and Michael Doleac, along with 24-year-old Wayne Simien, to Minnesota. The Wolves also acquired a No. 1 pick, but details of that selection were unclear early this afternoon.
From the Wolves site:
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired forwards Antoine Walker and Wayne Simien and center Michael Doleac, along with a first-round draft pick and financial considerations from the Miami Heat in exchange for center Mark Blount and guard Ricky Davis.no comments
Meanwhile, this deal isn't as much of a salary cap breather for Minnesota as you might expect--none actually, if you consider that Walker and Blount are a wash, and ditto RD versus Doleac and Simien.
Finally, all this talk about a 2-for-1 trade to shed contracts wound up being a 2-for-3 trade that adds more bodies. Are more trades on the horizon (like Howard)?
From the Star Tribune:
Minnesota, on the other hand, is trying to unload some long-term contracts, which is why Blount would be included in the deal. He has three years and more than $20 million left on his deal, while Walker’s contract has two years left guaranteed (at almost $18 million) with a team option for 2009-10.
Doleac’s deal ($3.1 million) expires after this season and Simien, a first-round pick in 2005, is in the third season of his rookie contract.
Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel weighs the positives and negatives of the deal for Miami:
It's difficult to find a downside to Wednesday's trade, other than taking on an extra year of Mark Blount's salary and yielding another first-round pick.
The Heat acquired Davis and center Mark Blount from the Timberwolves in a five-player deal that sends center Michael Doleac, forwards Antoine Walker and Wayne Simien as well as a future conditional first-round pick to Minnesota.
From the Star Tribune:The Timberwolves just after noon today were finalizing details on a trade to send guard Ricky Davis and center Mark Blount to Miami for three players, Timberwolves officials confirmed.
The Heat will trade Antoine Walker Wednesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves for swingman Ricky Davis, two NBA league sources said.
In the deal, Heat reserve center Michael Doleac and reserve power forward Wayne Simien will be swapped for Minnesota center Mark Blount. The Heat will also send a conditional first round pick. The trade is awaiting league approval and an announcement is expected later Wednesday afternoon.
Riley said he continues exploring upgrading the roster, ''but it's not easy.'' A Minnesota official said Miami was among the teams it talked to about Ricky Davis.
Like watching an over hyped film, the 2007-08 Wolves' slogan: See What They Can Do, fails to live up to its silly billing.
Stephen Litel/Hoopsworld asked Juwan Howard if any of his young teammates had surprised him:
Oh, Ryan Gomes. I really like Ryan Gomes. He does all the small things, the intangibles. You know, I'm big on that. He's a guy, of course, you don't even have to draw up a play for and he'll get you eight rebounds--four being offensive--and score 10-12 points without even drawing a play up for him. More importantly, his basketball IQ. He understands the game. I'm a big Ryan Gomes fan.
Jonathan Kaminsky/City Pages Sports blog on last night's game.
Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News talks to Golden State's Chris Mullin on the Warriors offer for Garnett this summer.no comments
There's a strong possibility the Heat will trade Antoine Walker Wednesday, his agent said, and sources said there are serious discussions with Minnesota about a deal for former Heat swingman Ricky Davis.
Agent Mark Bartelstein said that, although nothing was definite as of Wednesday morning, he was put on notice that a deal could happen shortly.
Other players have been mentioned in talks, including Timberwolves center Mark Blount, who has three years and $21.9 million left on his contract.
Although final terms of a potential deal are not set, among those who could be in play for the Heat are center Michael Doleac and forwards Antoine Walker and Wayne Simien, with each held out of Tuesday's exhibition loss to San Antonio.no comments
From Marc Stein/ESPN:
Sources told ESPN.com that the Heat will soon complete a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire swingman Ricky Davis and center Mark Blount.
The latest incarnation of the deal, according to one source, has Miami sending Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac and Wayne Simien to the Wolves for Davis and Blount.
Minnesota initially balked at taking back Walker in the deal, sources said, but it's believed that the Heat will send the Wolves at least one future draft pick to push the trade through.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he hopes to sign forward Al Jefferson to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, but if a deal isn't reached he anticipates matching any offer Jefferson would receive next summer.
Jefferson would become a restricted free agent after this season if an extension isn't finalized and could field offers from other teams. Taylor said Tuesday he hopes to keep Jefferson for a long time, but he wants to be prudent financially as well.
Taylor said the front office would prefer to get a deal done before the deadline, but he is being more cautious, having been burned in the past with other contracts.
Taylor said he plans to offer an extension in the neighborhood of five years and $50 million to $60 million.no comments
Britt Robson/On The Ball on last night's loss to the Pacers:
Meanwhile, point guard remains the biggest obstacle to this squad reaching 30 wins. Maybe Randy Foye will become The Most Improved Player in the NBA, as more than one national magazine has predicted (albeit some of them fantasy-oriented stat-freak pubs). But right now he and Telfair have lost two-thirds of the preseason games to injury and you have Al Jefferson filling the Garnett role of barking loudly at Jaric in the second half of last night's tilt...
It doesn't have to be an either/or thing with Gomes and Brewer. There will be times when they're on the floor at the same time. Gomes will see minutes at power forward in a smaller lineup. Gomes does a lot of little things well; he averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while starting 60 games for the Celtics last season...
On Rashad McCants:
Shooting guard Rashad McCants, who had impressed Wittman with his consistent play during preseason play, knocked knees with an opponent during the game Friday at Indiana and suffered a bruised left knee.
He missed Saturday's game and didn't play Tuesday. Wittman hopes he will be available for Friday's preseason finale.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor said he isn't sure what the team is going to do to trim its roster to meet NBA rules. But guard Greg Buckner won't be bought out, Taylor said. Buckner's leadership makes him valuable.
Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal on the team's new marketing campaign:
The campaign, created by Martin|Williams Advertising of Minneapolis, is intended to showcase the young and largely unknown squad. It will debut Wednesday night with the airing of the first of four new television spots.
The spots will feature Archibald "Sweetwater" Jones, a 3'11" ABA and NBA journeyman from the 1970s.
Timberwolves Today with their list of the best looking Wolves ever.
From Mike Max/WCCO:
Timberwolves people will tell you first round pick Cory Brewer has a ways to go on offense but has been fearless in his approach to defense this preseason.
The Wizards Etan Thomas on the support he received after finding out he had to have open heart surgery:
My off season trainer Jeff Rosga, of Lifetime Fitness, also put me in touch with Fred Hoiberg. Even though they were all the way in Turkey at the time, he still made it a point to call me, talking to him was great as well.
The team takes kids from the Waite House on a shopping spree today.no comments
Al Jefferson, the lynch pin of the 7-for-1 mega deal that sent Garnett to Boston this summer, had a KG-like performance in his first appearance in front of the hometown crowd.
He had 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were just happy to be home after spending the first month of the preseason as NBA vagabonds.
Stephen Litel/Hoopsworld with some notes on the game.
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site posted a game blog.
In a relatively quiet arena that held more empty seats than fans, the Wolves -- minus injured point guards Randy Foye and Sebastian Telfair -- lost 106-95 to an Indiana Pacers team playing without many of its best players.
And so the feeling is that it's hard to draw any conclusions as the preseason draws near an end.
Forward Craig Smith suffered a scary fall in the second quarter when he jumped and almost landed on Indiana's Mike Dunleavy. Smith was able to return to the game. Wittman said Smith might have bruised his tailbone.
The dysfunction continued in the second half with Marko Jaric throwing a seemingly simple pass away when attempting to feed Jefferson in the post. Yes, Jaric has a history of bad play, but why didn’t anyone say anything to Davis after any of his seven turnovers--all of which were due to sloppy, lazy play? Jaric, who also has the history of compounding a problem, did so again by bickering with both Al Jefferson and Coach Wittman when they complained about the pass.
Stephen Litel/Hoopsworld will be blogging from tonight's game against Indiana.
When asked if the Knicks were ever in the Garnett sweepstakes, Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said: "The hottest it ever got was with Boston. I think it was a deal that they had together [with Minnesota], then it was in the media and then it cooled down and then they were able to put it back together again. But I don't think [the Wolves] were ever serious with anyone else in terms of moving him."
From the Associated Press:
The Wolves eight players on the roster right now who are 25 years old or younger, and they have less than two weeks to figure out where everyone fits before the games starting counting in the standings.
Warren Blatt/The Sports Network writes that McHale "did the right thing by trading Garnett" in his season preview of the team.
Like the title of a popular song during WWII, the T-Wolves are either too young or too old...
Ian Thomsen/SI.com lists Al Jefferson on his "9 Youngsters To Watch Not Named Kevin Durant" list.no comments