Wolves Updates 6/14From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:
According to the ESPN report, other players could be included before the deal is finally announced -- something Duffy said could happen as soon as today. For example, it is believed there was talk of including Wolves forward Justin Reed in the deal. But the core of the deal is James for Howard.
From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman, a 7-handicap golfer, took a swipe with a 5-iron in deep rough during a round at The Wilds on Saturday that resulted in a bulging disk that could require surgery if it doesn't heal this summer.
From Dime Magazine:
Makes more sense for Minnesota than Houston. The end is definitely near for Juwan, but he did have a decent run last year right after Yao got injured, the Wolves could use another experienced big, and no one seemed to thrilled with James.
Click here to watch video of the some of the team's pre-draft workouts.
Jon Krawczynski/AP Sports on the Finnish Petteri Koponen:
To see a player hailing from somewhere outside the continental United States come to Minneapolis to get scouted by the Wolves is encouraging, given the relative indifference they've shown historically to foreign players. It shows that the organization is making an effort to catch up to some of the other teams in the NBA who have mined Europe and South America for top talent.
From Sid Hartman:
The word is the final coaching hire for Wittman's staff will be either J.B. Bickerstaff, the former Gophers player who was on the Charlotte Bobcats coaching staff last year, or Greg Ballard, a former Wolves assistant.
From Dan Barreiro/KFAN:
The 600 First Avenue Country Club strikes again: Jerry Sichting, practically a charter member, returns one more time to be an assistant coach for Wittman, another Country Club regular who got to leave once and come back. Yes, it's good to be in the Country Club, where you can check out anytime you like, but you may never leave....I reserve the right to change my mind before draft day, but if you tell me today that Corey Brewer and Mike Conley will both be available when the Wolves pick at No. 7, I'll tell you I love them both, but I'd take the point guard. Yeah, the Wolves have a slew, but when you have a slew that means you have none with presence. Conley has it....