Monday, June 25, 2007

Wolves Updates 6/25

From Ken Berger/
First of all, persistent statements by Timberwolves general manager Kevin McHale and owner Glen Taylor that the team is merely fielding calls about Garnett and not making them isn't true, according to a person connected to the situation.
"He's very unhappy," the person said of Garnett. "He's being shopped, and he's being shopped heavily."

Considering Minnesota's desire to bring back a premium pick, and a reported clause in Garnett's contract adding another financial obligation July 1 to his 15-percent trade kicker, a decision on KG figures to be made sooner than later.

According to Dan Barreiro/KFAN, the Wolves may have a deal in place in which they could trade away Ricky Davis. He says the team is waiting to see how the Garnett business pans out before they pull the trigger. You can listen to the audio here.

Sam Smith/Chicago Tribune on a deal that would send Garnett to Phoenix:
This is a deal that makes sense all around, especially now that Kobe Bryant has reopened a dialogue with the Lakers and speculation has the Lakers making an offer to Minnesota for Garnett. He lives in Malibu and he and Bryant are said to talk frequently, getting together recently to discuss playing together.

But the Lakers don't have the draft picks to entice Minnesota, and you can be sure the Suns wouldn't want to see Bryant and Garnett together in their division.

From Sid Hartman:
While the Timberwolves basketball brass aren't going to reveal who they want to take first in Thursday's NBA draft, I expect them to take Corey Brewer of Florida if he is there at No. 7 overall.

From Scott Bordow/East Valley Tribune:
Minnesota calls Phoenix back. “We’ll give you Garnett for Amaré Stoudemire.”
The Suns say no, but an intrepid reporter (we really are intrepid) hears about the conversation and writes that the Suns and T-Wolves are discussing a Garnett-for-Stoudemire deal.

Well, they did. But only for as long as it took for the Suns to say no.

From Mike Monroe/Express-News:
"If I have to guess," said an NBA team executive always full of inside info, "I say KG gets traded, but Kobe stays put. And if the Timberwolves list their best possible deals, one through five, I think they're more apt to get deal No. 5 than deal No. 1."

From Gregg Doyel/CBS Sportsline:
The T-Wolves, meanwhile, have zero profile outside the Twin Cities. Name two starters, other than K.G. Can you? Hell, I can't do it. Shame on me, but shame on the NBA, too.