Thursday, August 02, 2007

Wolves Updates 8/2

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Look for Al Jefferson, 22, traded by the Celtics to the Timberwolves in the Garnett deal, to demand a contract extension soon that could be worth $10 million a season. Jefferson is signed for nearly $6 million over the next two seasons.

A little birdie says the reason the Wolves couldn't make a deal with Phoenix for Garnett is that the Suns were unwilling to give up the first-round unprotected 2008 draft pick they have coming from Atlanta. That pick could end up being No. 1 overall.

Don't count out Saunders as a general manager candidate for the Timberwolves when his contract expires in two years.

Pic: Al Jefferson posing for pics at the Target Center yesterday.

Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site takes a look at the players acquired in the Garnett trade.

Trudell also talks to some of the dancers at the Wolves dance team prep classes.

From Randy Kim/
By getting rid of Garnett, the Timberwolves will be bad next season. Really bad. In fact, it isn't far-fetched to say that the 2007-08 'Wolves run the risk of having one of the worst seasons in NBA history.

Mike Finger/Express News on the trade:
This is the world of blockbuster trades, where everyone has upside and no one admits defeat, even though time will eventually show many of them should have. Yes, there are some deals that end up benefiting both teams equally, but history has shown that one side almost always ends up getting the best of the other. The reason these trades are so compelling is that no one is sure whose celebration is really warranted.