Scoops: May 3

Created: 05/03/2012 6:36 PM By: Darren Wolfson

Norwood Teague's last day as Virginia Commonwealth's director of athletics is May 11. Until he officially starts at the University of Minnesota on July 1, he'll spend a lot of time in the Twin Cities getting to know the right people. He'll also spend a few days with outgoing AD Joel Maturi at the Big Ten meetings in a couple weeks. Teague will be in Los Angeles at the end of the month for the NCAA golf championship. He's a co-chair on the committee.


Maturi tells me he has confirmed that Gary Tinsley's family will be here on Thursday, May 10 for spring commencement. One of his family members will walk across stage to accept Gary's business and marketing education degree. Tinsley passed away in April due to an enlarged heart.


A follow-up from last week's note about Tubby Smith coming extremely close to accepting the LSU job, and possibly even giving an indication of yes, then backing out: "LSU definitely wanted him," Maturi said.


According to a Twins source, they don't plan on pursuing free agent infielder Jorge Cantu.


A safe bet for the Twins' No. 2 pick in June's draft: a college right-hander. Whether it's Stanford's Mark Appel, San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer, or LSU's Kevin Gausman remains to be seen. But one of those three appears to be the target.


One Twins confidant recommended signing third baseman Brandon Inge last weekend. Inge ultimately decided to go to Oakland, but the Twins were uber-aggressive in their pursuit.


I swapped messages with guard Jamal Crawford and he confirmed that he will exercise his opt-out and become a free agent. The Wolves remain on his radar.


Wolves president of operations David Kahn will be in Europe next week for the Euroleague Final Four. Among the guys he'll be locked in on is CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic. He's a free agent who might have an interest in coming to the NBA. A scout who spends time in Europe said Teodosic can play the 1,2, or 3, has NBA-range, is a good passer and ball-handler, and is a fighter on defense. He's one of the best players in Europe.