- Nov 11, 2008
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I don't want any of Houston's players. They are immature jerks whom I don't want in the same locker room with Ant, Jaden and Naz, if he stays.If HOU pops up as a KAT suitor, they have some very intriguing prospects to consider in Smith Jr, Green, Eason and #4. Kevin Porter Jr would probably be the salary ballast in any potential deal.
I know that Porter Jr is considered a human Fruit Loop but I wasn't aware that the other guys were a team problem. TBH, the only time I've watched any of them is against the Wolves.I don't want any of Houston's players. They are immature jerks whom I don't want in the same locker room with Ant, Jaden and Naz, if he stays.
Naz won't be here and Jaden punched a wall and missed the playoffs.I don't want any of Houston's players. They are immature jerks whom I don't want in the same locker room with Ant, Jaden and Naz, if he stays.
The owners want a cap that has more teeth.Shit gets complex. Would love to know all of the justifications for these changes
I'm talking tomorrow's NBA
jargon from a general manager!
Don't expect a franchise-altering move from the Timberwolves on draft night
The Timberwolves don't have a first-round pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
It's the first night they will have to swallow hard and deal with what they gave up to get Rudy Gobert from Utah last summer. The Utah Jazz will be making that selection at No. 16.
As things stand, some coffee might be needed if you want to see who the Wolves will select at No. 53 with what is currently their only pick, a late second-rounder.
That can change, of course, as the flurry of draft night trades commences and the Wolves look for opportunities to move around the board.
The Wolves would love to find a way to get back into the late first round, but President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly said Wednesday not much had materialized on that front.
"We've had a lot of conversations. I don't think anything is close for us to get in the first round," Connelly said. "Generally, a lot of the calls are kind of theoretical until the last 24 hours. We'll see."
There's a reason Connelly is looking around to move up. As he said, the history of the 53rd pick isn't filled with a "murderer's row of NBA guys."
If the Wolves aren't able to move up the board, Connelly said they'll be looking for someone they can work with to develop long term.
"A really good guy. Someone that could fit culturally," Connelly said. "Oftentimes if you see the picks they make in the second round, it's who the person is as much as the talent. We'll probably prioritize a guy that can further add to the culture."
As for any franchise-altering moves, don't bet on them for the time being. Connelly again reiterated the organization's desire to keep continuity with last season's roster, which barely played together at all.
Even though the NBA rumor mill is in full churn around the idea that the Wolves would move Karl-Anthony Towns, Connelly's public comments have been consistent since the end of the season: a Towns trade or any other deal involving one of the Wolves' high-salaried players is highly unlikely.
"We have a core and we're excited to run it back," Connelly said. "There were some highs, there were some lows. Our inability to win enough games versus teams that have worse records really came back to bite us. … You can point to specific games and we weren't good enough. Then you look at long stretches of basketball where we thought we looked like a viable team.
"We're pretty excited about our core. [Chris Finch] is an elite coach. Having the year under his belt and hopefully a healthy year, we think we can be pretty good."
After the Rudy Gobert trade last year, Utah will end up with the Wolves' 16th overall pick on Thursday and Minnesota currently won't be drafting until late in the night.www.startribune.com
The Wolves could desperately use a PG prospect to fall out of the sky. Conley was good for us last year but he's getting up there.I would not be opposed to the Timberwolves taking Marcus Carr with a late 2nd round pick.
The Wolves could desperately use a PG prospect to fall out of the sky. Conley was good for us last year but he's getting up there.
The guy I'm hoping falls to #53 is Emoni Bates.
If Naz can get more than the MLE, there aren't a ton of teams who can fit him under the cap and would likely require a sign and trade of some sort. Those things can get complicated and it makes sense to me that nothing has happened or will happen until after the draft. If the Wolves want Naz back, they'd also have to get more/as much in return as they want with Naz.Per The Athletic:
Naz Reid lingersWhen the Timberwolves opened draft workouts to the media this week, including one on Monday with Gabe Kalscheur, Marcus Carr and other prospects who could be around when the Wolves pick late in the second round, a handful of current Timberwolves players were spotted at the facility.
Gobert was getting a lift in. McDaniels, Jordan McLaughlin, Wendell Moore and Josh Minott were there, too. Also sitting courtside and preparing to watch some of the Monday afternoon workout was Reid, who will become an unrestricted free agent in 11 days.
In some ways, it was unsurprising to see Reid in the gym. He has typically remained in Minnesota in the summers to work on his game rather than relocate to an NBA summer hot spot like Los Angeles, Miami or Houston. He has great camaraderie with many of his teammates, particularly with McDaniels, Nate Knight and Jaylen Nowell.
But it was a tad surprising given that he is so close to becoming a free agent, and several suitors figure to line up to challenge the Wolves’ ability to match the paycheck and/or the playing time that they can offer. Often times players who are about to become free agents, especially players who believe they’re on their way out, will not work out in their team’s facility in the summer. And they almost never stay in Minnesota to do that working out.
It all underscores just how much both sides are hoping to find a way to make it work. Reid loves his teammates, respects his coaches and has enjoyed his time in Minnesota, where he has developed from a doughy, undrafted free agent with an injured foot into a lean, mean, key rotational piece with one of the best handles for a big man in the entire league.
The Timberwolves want him back. That is true from the very top of the organization down through the front office and coaching staff. Taylor, Marc and Rodriguez are all on board with trying to get Reid back, sources told The Athletic. The discussions on a contract have gone on all season and will continue. It has gotten to the point where free agency is so close that Reid almost has to dip his toe in the water to see where the market is before he makes a decision. But the Wolves are very much alive in this situation, which was made even clearer by his presence at the practice facility on Monday.
The NBA announced yesterday that the 2023-24 Salary Cap will increase by $3M up to $136M which could be huge in terms of being able to re-sign both Naz and NAW.If Naz can get more than the MLE, there aren't a ton of teams who can fit him under the cap and would likely require a sign and trade of some sort. Those things can get complicated and it makes sense to me that nothing has happened or will happen until after the draft. If the Wolves want Naz back, they'd also have to get more/as much in return as they want with Naz.
If Naz is not going to get more than the MLE. The Wolves can likely slightly outbid the MLE to keep Naz. So then it will beg the question - MLE at another organization or slightly more money for the Wolves?
The last scenario is that Naz only gets the MLE and we are not interested. He likely still has to wait because most teams aren't really looking at how to use it until the other pieces fall - draft, trades, etc.
Naz is gone unless the wolves offer him way more money than the next team. Hes still young, so hes going to want to maximize his earnings by getting more playing time, improving his value for the next contract. Right now hes behind Rudy, KAT and Finchy favorite Kyle Anderson.The NBA announced yesterday that the 2023-24 Salary Cap will increase by $3M up to $136M which could be huge in terms of being able to re-sign both Naz and NAW.
Unfortunately, that might be the only splashes we're able to make this off-season as it appears we will attempt to run it back from last season and hope everyone can stay relatively healthy. Stranger things have happened, though.
Maybe the Warriors will give Draymond Green that contract extension after all. They just traded Poole to Washington. Maybe at least.
The Wizards have agreed to a deal to send Chris Paul to the Warriors for a package that includes Jordan Poole and future draft assets, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.www.espn.com