There was, for a change, no armchair psychoanalyzing of Kevin Garnett's mood. No probing for the Big Ticket's views on Kevin McHale's summer maneuvers. No speculation about a possible mega-deal by the trading deadline, and certainly no softballs lobbed to elicit the old "I'm 'Sota'' refrain.
There was none of that Friday, because there was no Kevin Garnett.
Said Jefferson: "When I went back to Boston to get my stuff, I heard he got my locker, so I figured I'd return the favor and get his locker."
Ricky Davis was not in attendance during the media session because, according to the team, he was sick and at the doctor's office.
From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
McHale said he has told Richard's agent to be patient because the Wolves might make another move first...
Guard Rashad McCants said he feels "totally healthy" for the first time since college. He said he feels a big increase in his quickness as well, a positive sign for a player a year and a half removed from right knee surgery.
In his article at Hoopsworld, Stephen Litel wonders if Ricky Davis really has "the flu." He also notes that Trent Hassell seemed like he did not care, Mark Blount "looked lost," and Marko Jaric "has barely cracked a smile since arriving in the Twin Cities."
"Yes I would love to play for a contender and put myself in the position to win a title before my career is over with," the 34-year-old Howard said Friday in his first public comments about the situation. "If I was 27 or 30 years old, this situation wouldn't be bad at all. That would mean I would still have time to grow with this team, because this is going to be a growing process."
[Update: A smart reader just informed me that because Buckner's third year is a team option and thus not guaranteed, Wolves could save up to $6.79 million in this deal.]
Buckner, 31, and Hassell, 28, are both known as defense-minded players. But Buckner's contract is potentially shorter and could give the Wolves more roster flexibility.
Hassell is owed $13.05 million for the next three seasons, including $4.35 million this season.
Buckner signed a five-year contract that could be worth up to $19 million. The last two years of the contract reportedly are not guaranteed. Buckner is owed a total of $7,259,259 for the next two seasons. After that, the Wolves can part ways with Buckner.
The Minnesota Timberwolves traded guard Trenton Hassell to the Dallas Mavericks for guard Greg Buckner on Friday night.
Hassell, who spent the last four seasons with the Wolves, averaged 6.7 points per game and three rebounds in 476 games. In 2006-07, he played in 76 games and averaged 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Buckner is an eight-year NBA veteran with career averages of 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds, including two stints with Dallas along with stops in Philadelphia and Denver. Last season, Buckner averaged four points while grabbing 2.1 rebounds.
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Who is the leader of this team? I asked Foye, point blank.
"I'll take it," Foye said instantly. "I am the leader. There is pressure in that but I like it. I don't think there are a lot of people in their career get a chance to say, `I was the leader of an NBA team.' That's how I am approaching things and how people approach me. I am the leader."