Tag:Minnesota Timberwolves
Posted on: July 20, 2009 12:31 pm

Wolves prez heads to Spain for Rubio talks

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn will visit Spain this week with the idea of being "helpful" in getting Ricky Rubio the contract buyout he'll need to sign with Minnesota for the 2009-10 season.

NBA rules will only allow the Timberwolves to contribute $500,000 to a potential buyout with Rubio's European team, DKV Joventut, but the total of the buyout could hit a maximum of $6.6 million. The story noted that DKV Joventut is one of the most financially strapped of all the European teams, which are all struggling in the sluggish world economy, so the team could be desperate enough for the buyout money that they'll accept a lower amount.

It is also possible that Rubio could have lined up enough sponsorship money and endorsement deals to easily pay for the buyout, the story noted. So while the sum total of the buyout could be substantial -- especially considering how little the Timberwolves are allowed to contribute -- there may be hope yet for the Wolves to get Rubio into a Minnesota uniform in the upcoming season.
Posted on: June 26, 2009 1:51 pm

Rubio: Let the speculation begin

When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Ricky Rubio at No. 5 -- and then immediately took fellow PG Jonny Flynn at No. 6 -- it may have been the start of an interesting journey that could end with at least one of the rookies lpaying elsewhere.

Rubio first has a contract buyout to negotiate with his former team in Europe, which Timberwolves basketball operations vice president David Kahn says will be an "interesting ride," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

For Rubio, staying in Europe is apparently not out of the question, either.

"Right now I wouldn't rule out at all returning to Spain," El Pais quoted him as saying.

He also said he might be willing to postpone his debut with the Timberwolves a bit.

"It's a team that would even wait a year for me, so we'll see if I come over next year or not."

The Sacramento Bee speculated that Rubio was disappointed with the Kings passed him up with the No. 4 pick, and even more dejected with Minnesota claimed him. Confusing the issue even further was the selection of Flynn right afterward. Kahn said he would like to pair up Flynn and Rubio in the backcourt, but others speculate that the Wolves will try to deal Rubio or Flynn.

As far as Rubio's apparent disappointment with being selected by Minnesota, the Star Tribune quoted Kahn as saying it's not the location that's the issue.

"I don't think its a destination problem," he said. "I really don"t. I believe he would have been more than happy to play in Oklahoma City, and with all due respect to Oklahoma City."

Posted on: December 15, 2008 12:39 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2008 12:40 pm

Walker expects buyout from Grizzlies

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Antoine Walker expects to recieve a contract buyout from the Memphis Grizzlies today.

Walker was traded to the Grizzlies by the Minnesota Timberwolves during the offseason in the deal that secured O.J. Mayo for the Grizzlies and sent Kevin Love to the Wolves. Walker has yet to appear in a regular season game for the Grizzlies, and has not played in any regular season NBA game since Feb. 19, when he played eight minutes for the Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia.

Walker came to the Wolves more than a year ago in a trade from the Miami Heat. Walker, 32, hopes a buyout will provide him the opportunity to find a team willing to give him a chance to prove he's still valuable on the court.

"Hopefully, with this buyout, the opportunity is going to be there for me," Walker said. "Maybe I can go and talk to a few teams and hopefully move on to a better situation very soon."

Posted on: December 2, 2008 11:35 am

Brewer out for season with knee injury

Timberwolves F Corey Brewer will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season with a torn ligament in his right knee, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Brewer suffered the injury in the Timberwolves' loss to the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 29.

"I personally feel bad for the kid because I know how much time he put in and how he sacrificed to be a better player," Timberwolves GM Kevin McHale said. "And it was just starting to come around for him. It's a setback, and we're just going to have to deal with it. It's not what you want, but he's 22 and he'll bounce back and be fine. The good news is he's 22. The bad news is that's time for most guys to play and really improve their game."

Brewer was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2007 draft and is a two-time NCAA champion. After a disappointing rookie season, Brewer spent the summer working on his shot. He told McHale over the weekend that he was just getting comfortable playing at the NBA level, only to have his season ended just 15 games in.
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