Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune on Thursday's NBA trade deadline:
The interesting question is whether the Wolves could use their only real valuable bargaining chip — Theo Ratliff’s expiring $11.6 million slot — and a couple of their young pieces to fetch something substantial (say, Memphis’ Miller, who just turned 28) rather than save it for down the road for free-agent signings or to pay for new contracts for the likes of Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes or Sebastian Telfair.
Veteran forward Antoine Walker is a proven shooter who won an NBA title with Miami two seasons ago, but his limited game and his $8.5 million salary makes him difficult to trade.
Young, little-used guard Gerald Green -- the runner-up to Dwight Howard in last weekend's NBA All-Star slam dunk contest -- wants to be traded because he figures his days in Minnesota are over when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer anyway. But Green has little value unless packaged in a bigger deal.
Forward Theo Ratliff, sidelined since mid-November and recovering from knee surgery, practiced and is on track to being able to play again sometime in the next two weeks.
"He's heading in the right direction," Wittman said.
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site talks to Greg Buckner about a variety of topics. Buckner on the funniest and least funniest players on the team:
The funniest dude would have to be myself. Wait, you know what? The funniest dude is Dog. Mad Dog (Mark Madsen), and the least funny is probably Theo Ratliff. He's not much of a jokester.
NBA interest in the Twin Cities is at its lowest point in the 19 seasons since the league re-emerged here with the expansion Timberwolves in the fall of 1999.
This has been demonstrated not only by the sections of empty seats in the home arena, but also horrendous ratings both for the Wolves' local telecast and the NBA's national events.
Sebastian Telfair, the
Minnesota Timberwolves guard, was sitting a few rows behind the scorer's table at Madison Square Garden during the St. John's-Villanova game Saturday night.
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"I can't ... I can't talk about it," said Telfair, who skipped college to go pro. "I can't do that to them. I'm sorry, man."
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