Wolves Scoops Hours Before The Draft
Created: 06/28/2012 4:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Darren Wolfson
It's that time of the year in the NBA when agents, coaches and executives gossip mostly to push some sort of agenda, or to provide a rumor to distract from something else.
In other words, it's hard to really know what's fact.
With that disclaimer provided, a high-level Wolves contact provided lots of good, trustworthy fodder on Thursday afternoon:
• When asked if fans can expect a monster trade in the next few days, the source said, "Nothing big." But within the same sentence, the source tossed out the reminder that talks can change fast.
• There is just one guy they love that could fall into the bottom of the first round. If he does, the Wolves will try hard to acquire another pick, since they dealt the No. 18 selection to Houston in the Chase Budinger deal. It's definitely a big guy, with a safe assumption it's Syracuse's Fab Melo.
• While teams talk a lot, especially when together -- as president of basketball operations David Kahn was at the Minnesota draft workout, the Brooklyn draft workout and in Chicago at the Combine -- he has planted lots of seeds. They have talked to the Lakers about Pau Gasol, Philadelphia about Andre Iguodala, Houston about Kevin Martin and Memphis about Rudy Gay. That being said, nothing is close as of now to being done.
• The Wolves are trying to arrange a visit with free agent Brandon Roy. As previously reported, they want him badly.
• The Draft Express report is dead-on: the Wolves did offer Derrick Williams to Charlotte for the No. 2 pick, but were quickly turned down. The target is Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal.
• The Wolves are actually getting more calls for Williams than they are making. When presented with this inquiry -- Yes or no: Williams will be on the team at the start of next season? -- the source said, "On the team."
• There is a strong belief that if the Wolves need to extend their windows withMartell Webster and Brad Miller, they can. So, if a sizeable trade comes together in, say, mid-July, they can have that flexibility. Currently, a decision on whether to exercise Webster's option for next year is Saturday.
• As of 1 p.m., there wasn't a workable trade for Michael Beasley. The deadline to extend him a qualifying offer is Saturday. It might just come down to them declining the option. Bottom line: Beasley is not expected to wear a Wolves uniform next season.
• There's some internal debate about what to do with Anthony Randolph. Like Beasley, he has to be extended a qualifying offer by Saturday. Also like Beasley, at this point, it appears unlikely Randolph gets that qualifying offer.
• A source close to free agent Jamal Crawford, when asked if the Wolves were as likely a destination this summer as any, said, "Yes."
• Owner Glen Taylor is making progress on finding a minority owner. One name to remember: Sun Country chairman/Cambria president and CEO Marty Davis.
• European prospects Nemanja Bjelica and Henk Norel are in town to workout for coach Rick Adelman. Both are long-shots to be on the roster this year, but Bjelica has a decent chance to make it for the 2013-2014 season.