Plan A was obviously signing Batum (Portland wouldn't match) or working out a sign-and-trade, with Portland. That clearly didn't work out, despite the pursuit that lasted several weeks...with, ultimately, nothing to show for it (beyond costing a rival/division team, 'big bucks').
Plan B sounded like former Rockets Courtney Lee and Jordan Hill. Well...the Celtics, Rockets and Blazers worked out a deal that landed Lee in Boston. And today Hill resigned with the Lakers for another two years.
I guess that means we're on Plan C. Plan C is likely to contain one or two of the following: Greg Stiemsma, Carl Landry, Dominic McGuire, Ronnie Brewer, Brandon Rush and Ronny Turiaf.
WOW, doesn't it sound like you could bring in two of those guys and we'd immediately have a contender? I don't know that there were really any free agents that would of made the TWolves contenders...playoff-bound, yes, but not contenders.
The TWolves were also looking at big man Jon Leuer. Leuer played his rookie season in Milwaukee last year, but was traded to Houston in a deal that sent Samuel Dalembert to the Bucks. He was waived just a couple days ago and today he was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kahn will meet with Mark Bartelstein, this weekend. He's the agent that represents both Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire. Coincidentally, both played for the Golden State Warriors, last season.
Anthony Tolliver could still wind up with the Timberwolves, though it's certainly sounding as though he has a number of suitors. I would stand behind signing Tolliver more than McGuire or Turiaf.
The Timberwolves will likely be finalizing the deals with Brandon Roy and Alexey Shved, in the coming days.
That's all for now, stay tuned for more...but don't hold your breath (you could pass out before Kahn makes a deal). Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!