Buckner signed as a free agent last summer for $18 million over five seasons. The Mavs hoped he would add perimeter defense and toughness, but he was erratic last season.
It's clear that Greg Buckner's contract, which includes a buyout clause, was a reason for the trade that sent Trenton Hassell to Dallas on Friday. Buckner is guaranteed $3.5 million this season and $3.76 million next season. But after that, the Wolves can get out of the remaining two years on the deal with a $1 million buyout.
Alonzo on Chris Richard:
Richard spent much of the summer working out with the Wolves at Target Center, showing his commitment to the team even though he hadn't signed a contract. Now he has - terms weren't disclosed - and he can move forward.
Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune addresses 10 questions about the new team, including the player most likely to lead the team this season:
The most obvious candidate is 13-year NBA veteran Juwan Howard, but he's the reluctant Timberwolf who said he will guide this team by committee with veterans Theo Ratliff and Mark Madsen for as long as he is in Minnesota.
The most willing candidate? Randy Foye...
From Sid Hartman:
Marko Jaric, attending the Timberwolves media session Friday, made it very clear that he has asked to be traded and would prefer to play for another team this season. ... Wolves forward Mark Madsen, who injured his shoulder in a personal watercraft accident in August, said his "rehab is coming great. ... Hopefully I'll be other playing full speed in six weeks."
Pssst: The Dallas Mavs' 6-11, 235-pound Nick Fazekas, who is Nevada's all-time leading scorer, was discussed as an inclusion for the Timberwolves in the Trenton Hassell-Greg Buckner trade Friday night.
Despite the Timberwolves' rebuilding project, more than a few people were interested in buying the midcourt Target Center seats that were owned by departed Kevin Garnett, and they sold the other day for $26,500 each for the coming season.
Look for Timberwolves radio producer Bill Hohenecker to resign.
"I'm not worried about any comparisons or anything like that. I'm my own player. I know we've got some big shoes to fill because of the things he has done here. But it's a challenge for me. I always like a big challenge."