Asked if a buyout of Buckner's contract is a possibility, vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said Thursday, "No, no. Buck's been great."
Also from Alonzo:
Foye did not practice Thursday but did increase his individual work. Wittman said Foye and Telfair are doubtful for games today at Indiana and Saturday at Milwaukee. Forward Ryan Gomes returned to practice Thursday. He had been sidelined since injuring his left ankle Monday during an exhibition game in Memphis.
From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:
Without those two point guards, Wolves coach Randy Wittman has started Marko Jaric at point guard and given him mixed reviews, while praising veterans Greg Buckner and Ricky Davis, who have filled in at that position in emergency.
Also from Zgoda:
Wittman has changed his starting lineup each night so far, according to that night's matchup. It's a practice he said he expects to continue to start the season, and probably beyond.
Warren Blatt/The Sports Network puts Al Jefferson on the top of his list of players to watch this season.
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site with an extensive look at Mark Blount. Trudell also posts a Q&A with Al Jefferson.
Bryan Doolittle/RotoTimes previews the Northwest Division.
Chaska resident, former NBA guard and current Minnesota Timberwolves’ Assistant General Manager Fred Hoiberg will headline a program designed to raise awareness for congenital heart defects and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)...
Clutch 3 has posted their preseason roundtable discussion.
Wittman's broader point is that there aren't really five positions in the NBA these days. As Wittman puts it, aside from point guards, "You've got wing guys and power guys." Smith, of course, is a power guy. And the idea that he should play further from the basket with Ratliff on the floor is evidently not one endorsed by Wittman.