Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the midst of a crucial offseason. An offseason that they're needing to add a number of complimentary pieces to put around Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic. The window on Rubio, K-Love and Adelman is open for another three years, or so.
So, what have the Timberwolves done thus far, this offseason? Well, Minnesota's offseason started by trading the 18th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets for swingman Chase Budinger and the draft rights to Lior Eliyahu. So, what do we think about this one...
Next came the NBA Draft. After trading their first round draft pick to Houston, Minnesota had just one pick: 58th overall. There was plenty of speculation and rumors, during the draft that Minnesota was looking to move back into the first round (we found out later, they were trying to move back into the first round to try and grab Miles Plumlee--who eventually went to Indiana with the 26th overall pick). Well, that didn't happen and Minnesota had that lone pick. With it they selected Purdue's Robbie Hummel...
The next big news came when Minnesota and Brandon Roy signed a 2-year $10.4million contract. The first year is fully guaranteed, however the second year will only be guaranteed, if he's healthy enough to play...
Up next, Alexey Shved. The Timberwolves and Shved have signed a deal, worth roughly $9million for three years. Shved is a Russian point guard that can play both guard positions as well as some small forward (dependent on the matchup)...
Next came the buyout of Martell Webster. Trade of Brad Miller. And amnesty of Darko Milicic. Webster had a salary of $5.7million for the 2012-13 season, but he had a buyout of $600,000 and Minnesota did just that. They then traded Brad Miller and two future second round picks to the New Orleans Hornets for a future conditional second round pick. Lastly they used their one-time amnesty waiver on Darko Milicic, who went unclaimed on the waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' pursuit of Nicolas Batum. The 'saga' is well-documented on this site in previous posts, so I'm not going to go to far into it. The Portland Trailblazers matched the offer sheet, officially keeping him in Portland. After numerous sign-and-trade attempts and everything else that went down, Batum will stay a Blazer.
Minnesota then traded Wayne Ellington to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Dante Cunningham.
The Timberwolves then traded Wesley Johnson along with a lottery-protected 1st round pick to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team deal that saw Robin Lopez & Hakim Warrick move from Phoenix to New Orleans and Brad Miller & Jerome Dyson go to Phoenix. Minnesota received three 2nd round picks (two of which were the same picks that were sent to the Hornets in that Brad Miller 'trade').
Following the three-team deal that cleared cap space, Minnesota signed 10-year NBA veteran Andrei Kirilenko to a 2-year $10million contract.
Minnesota then signed Greg Stiemsma to a $2.75million, 2-year contract. The second year isn't fully guaranteed (there is some concern about the health of his feet).
During that time the Minnesota Timberwolves also lost Anthony Randolph (to the Denver Nuggets) and Michael Beasley (to the Phoenix Suns) in Free Agency. Not that that is a huge surprise or (as of right now) a huge loss.
This has been a Minnesota Timberwolves Offseason Update as of August 4th. During the Brandon Roy press conference, David Kahn said there's a chance--after the Olympics, that Minnesota may make a small tweak, or potentially what he calls a 'significant move'.
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