Wolves Updates 6/27Mike Bresnahan/LA Times on the $6.75 million trade kicker in KG's contract:
If he is traded before July 1, the kicker money can be split over last season and next season, which would potentially lessen the luxury-tax impact by a team that acquires him. Beginning July 1, all $6.75 million would have to go toward next season's payroll, presenting more of a challenge for a team facing luxury-tax issues.
In an article at Slate on the potential pairing of Garnett and Kobe, Paul Shirley reminisces on meeting Garnett in training camp last season, noting that, unlike Kobe, KG is "noble, loyal, and larger-than-life."
Steve Aschburner on the Garnett trade talk:
And I think the longer this goes on, the tougher it is for the Timberwolves to just shut everything down, and just keep him. I think now it's almost a certainty, he'll be gone.
Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune on the report of a three-way deal with the Wolves, Suns, and Celtics.
David DuPree/USA Today answers some questions on trading Garnett.
Mike Cranston/AP Sports reports that Charlotte is "making it clear" they're willing to part with their two first round draft picks.
Bickerstaff also indicated they would be interested in getting in on any multiple-team trades involving superstars Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Garnett of Minnesota.
From Ken Berger/Newsday:
Kobe spokesman Ric Bucher said the prospect of playing with Garnett wouldn't cause Bryant to back off his trade demand.
Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune writes that "more than before, the Wolves feel they know the foreign market inside and out."
Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press wonders what if Shaq had been drafted by the Wolves.