From Tim Povtak/Fanhouse:
Rambis is the one who pushed the front-office to take Milicic from New York, even though the Knicks had soured on him. Rambis made it clear he wants him back next season. And a Timberwolves source confirmed their plans to try and re-sign him this summer.
Also from Povtak:
"This is a good thing for me here right now. I think me and Al (Jefferson) can work well together next season,'' he told FanHouse Friday. "I've always just wanted the chance to play, and play the right way. It looks like I can get that here. They trust me. If they are going to play me this much, and have any kind of goals to be a winning team, then I would like to come back.''
From John Hollinger/ESPN:
Minnesota has nearly twice as many wins as the Nets (14), but by almost any objective measure, the Timberwolves have been just as bad. The Nets are 30th in offensive efficiency; the Wolves are 29th. The Nets are 27th in defensive efficiency; the Wolves are 28th. The Nets are outscored by 10 points per game, the Wolves by 9.5.
Heading into Friday's contest against Orlando, Minnesota has lost 14 straight games and 20 of its past 21, and hasn't held an opponent under the century mark in more than a month. Thanks to that streak, the Wolves, not the Nets, occupy the bottom slot in the Power Rankings with a horrific 90.7 rating -- meaning even an average team would be nearly a double-digit favorite against them on a neutral court.
Sure, Indiana is a bad team, but even on bad teams, the leader in minutes is usually a player of some accomplishment. The leaders on New Jersey (Brook Lopez) and Minnesota (Al Jefferson), for instance, have stellar PERs despite the woeful state of their teams.
• Wolves rookie Jonny Flynn when asked about his top-seeded Syracuse team losing to Butler on Thursday in the NCAA tournament: "I went to a quiet place and just was by myself for a while."
• Guard Sasha Pavlovic played his first extended minutes -- more than 17 -- since March 14 because of a strained calf and DNP-CDs (Did Not Play-Coach's Decision). Veteran Brian Cardinal was inactive for a second consecutive game.
• Corey Brewer has not made a three-point shot in three of his past four games, since his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a three ended at 33.
Brewer said even he was surprised at how well he had recovered from surgery to repair a torn ACL that sidelined him last season.
"Once the season started, I didn’t even think about it, I put it out of my mind," Brewer said. "But I’m jumping better than I thought I’d be jumping."
That's good Gilbert didn't get any jail time. It pays off to be a good person. I think that helped him out a lot in this situation.
Jason in Steel City:
With all the questions about Rubio, Flynn and the possibility of adding Wall, why is it that no one talks about the most NBA ready and tested pg on that roster in Sessions (who has played really well)? Any chance the Clips could snag him?
Sessions has been steady but not great this season. His biggest weakness is his inability to shoot the ball from deep. That said, I actually think he's been underutilized some in Minnesota mostly because they want to try and develop Jonny Flynn, which is understandable given where Flynn was drafted. Sessions has a very reasonable contract that a number of teams would likely be interested in acquiring this summer. I think the Wolves view him more as an asset than a long-term solution at the point. As such, I believe he could be had via trade for the right piece or pieces.