The Scoop: Wolves Turn Down Trade For Gay
Created: 01/11/2013 4:11 PM KSTP.com
By: Darren Wolfson
One minute after free agency began in July 2010, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn reached out to the Octagon basketball group to arrange for a face-to-face visit with restricted free agent forward Rudy Gay.
A visit was agreed upon, but before Gay got on a flight for Minneapolis, he re-signed with Memphis for five years and $80 million.
Two-and-a-half years later, Gay is readily available -- mostly because the Grizzlies, barring a trade of either him or another high-priced player, will be in luxury tax purgatory.
So, this is Kahn's chance to land a player he has long coveted. But according to a league source, he turned down a trade proposal from Memphis for Gay recently.
In fact, the source insists Kahn said no immediately. It's unknown what Memphis' idea was, but since it was turned down emphatically, logic suggests it involved All-Star Kevin Love and/or center Nikola Pekovic. It's possible three- or four-team trade scenarios were discussed, too.
Until Gay is moved -- which is not a given, even though Memphis is calling many teams -- the Wolves are worth monitoring. The source said the Wolves like him, but the 2½ years and approximately $45 million remaining on Gay's contract is an issue.
• Wolves director of player personnel R.J. Adelman and scout Will Conroy worked this week's Development League Showcase in Reno.
• Before forward Josh Harrellson re-signed with Miami, there was brief interest from the Wolves.
• The Wolves have called about free agent forward Sam Young. Currently out with an ankle injury, Young is expected to end up re-signing with Indiana.
• The Twins have not been scouting free agent starter Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico.
• European wing Mickaël Gelabale is still on the Wolves' radar. He has an NBA-out clause in his Valencia (Spain) contract for all of January. A reminder: Gelabale is looking for a 20-day contractual guarantee.
• The Twins tried, but the Indians had no interest in trading pitcher Jeanmar Gomez to an intra-division rival. For what it's worth, Gomez's preference was to be a Twin. He was dealt to the Pirates earlier in the week.
• The Twins got a good recommendation on utility player Brent Lillibridge from special assistant Wayne Krivsky and spoke with Lillibridge's agent -- but never made an offer. Lillibridge signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Thursday.
• Several teams have called to make sure future Hall of Fame third baseman Chipper Jones is indeed retired. The Twins are not one of those teams.
• The Twins were contacted about starter Dontrelle Willis but said no thanks. Willis signed a minor league deal with the Cubs with no invitation to major league camp.
• The agent of one available free agent infielder the Twins have inquired about predicted they ultimately make a trade to solve that backup third baseman/utility player dilemma.
• Congratulations to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who will receive the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 10th Annual "In The Spirit of the Game" Sports and Entertainment Spectacular on Saturday in Los Angeles. Hall of Famer Pat Gillick will present the award.
• I bet Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith isn't having any regrets about not going to Baton Rouge. Sources maintain LSU officials were convinced they had a verbal agreement with Smith after meeting with him in mid-April. But something changed soon thereafter, and Smith returned to the Gophers.