Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wolves Updates 6/28

Chad Ford/ESPN updated his article on the rumored deal with the Wolves, Suns, and Hawks:
On Wednesday, sources say one of the Hawks owners vetoed a hypothetical deal for Stoudemire for financial reasons.

However, late Wednesday night the Wolves were trying to resurrect the deal in a way that would overcome the objections. The sticking point has been a trade kicker in Garnett's contract. The Wolves were talking to fourth teams that could help alleviate the financial burden on Atlanta and Phoenix.

From Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald:
“It’s going to be discussed,” said Doc Rivers of a Garnett deal. “Hell, if he’s not traded (yesterday) or in the next couple of days, he’s going to be discussed among 28 teams. There are probably a couple of teams that aren’t looking at him, but everyone else is and we’re in that mix. I’m sure that’s not going to stop until something happens.”

From David Moore/Dallas Morning News:
General managers and personnel directors around the league were split on the issue Wednesday. Some were convinced that Garnett would be moved heading into tonight's draft. Others felt it was too complicated to get done.

From Patrick Reusse/Star Tribune:
And this other idea -- that there has been so much noise about a Garnett trade that the Wolves now can't bring him back -- is even more ridiculous than the KG-as-martyr opinion pieces.

From Sekou Smith/Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A Stoudemire deal is rampant in the blogsophere, but according to an Arizona newspaper report there has never been a discussion between Hawks and Suns officials.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune with a roundup of Wednesday's KG trade rumors.

Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press writes on yesterday's rumors that "complications with all of these deals that appear to make them unlikely."

Sid Hartman on the Garnett speculation:
The Internet, however, has changed how reporting is normally done. There is a lot of speculation, and the media are forced to cover it, not knowing whether it is accurate or not.

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
It wouldn't be surprising if Kevin Garnett, 31, seeks a contract extension tantamount to his current $100 million deal to remain with the Timberwolves. However, the Wolves for the past year have been quietly assessing whether Garnett's play has reached a level of diminishing returns.

Meanwhile, people in the know say the Wolves are insistent on getting 6-10, 265-pound Al Jefferson, 22, in any deal with the Boston Celtics. And the Celtics don't want to give up Jefferson.