The Timberwolves won a summer league game in Las Vegas against the Los Angeles Clippers 73-64 Monday night. Wes Johnson led the Wolves with 16 points and Derrick Williams added 15 points for Minnesota. 2nd round pick Robbie Hummel added 6 points off the bench for the Wolves.
The Timberwolves/Nicolas Batum saga will finally come to an end this week. The Wolves signed Batum to a 4-year $46 Million offer sheet Sunday night. Portland has until 11pm (CT) Wednesday to match the offer or lose him to Minnesota. Batum is a 23-year old 6-8 small forward who averaged 13.9 points a game with Portland in 2011-2012.
The Timberwolves have waived center Darko Milicic using the NBA Amnesty Clause. Milicic underachieved during his time with the Timberwolves and averaged 7.7 points and 4.8 rebounds a game in 2011-2012. His $7 Million salary figure does not count against the Wolves salary with this new clause. Milicic now goes through the waiver process where he could be claimed by any team.
The Timberwolves continued their pursuit of restricted free agent small forward Nicolas Batum from Portland. The Wolves spent much of Wednesday trying to work out a sign and trade deal with Portland. Portland General Manager Neil Olshey says the Wolves don't have the value they are looking for in trade and would match any offer the Wolves put together in a offer sheet.
The Timberwolves have agreed to sign Russian free agent combo guard Alexey Shved. Shved is considered a playmaker who has been playing professionally in Russia. He is 23 and will be 24 in December. Shved helped Russa qualify for the Olympics with a win over Nigeria on Saturday.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love in talking to yahoo sports indicates that he's growing impatient with the Timberwolves organization for not surrounding him with better talent. Love signed a 4-year $62 Million contract extension last season but says he's not sure what will happen if they miss the playoffs next year.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has made the United State men's basketball team. The 6'9 Love is expected to play power forward and center for the United States at the London Olympics. Love led the Timberwolves in scoring and rebounding in 2011-2012.
The Timberwolves have come to a agreement to unrestricted free agent shooting guard Brandon Roy on a 2-year $10 Million contract. Roy is coming out of retirement at age 27 after retiring with chronic knee problems. He received some treatment oversees and is attempting a comeback. Roy is a 6'6 211 shooting guard who averaged 19 points and 4 rebounds a game throughout his career.
The Timberwolves drafted 6'8 forward Robbie Hummel with the 58th overall pick in the Thursday night NBA draft. Hummel averaged 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game in his senior season at Purdue. He suffered a torn ACL in his right knee twice in his college career. He missed all of 2010-2011 because of the 2nd tear. Hummel is considered an injury risk but is known as an outstanding outside shooter.
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