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Wolves Set to Offer Contract to Brandon Roy


"According to two league sources, the Wolves plan on making the three-time All-Star a two-year contract offer. The money is unknown." From Darren Wolfson

Jamal Crawford to opt out of Blazers deal


As most of us probably expected, Jamal Crawford is opting out of the second year of his contract with the Blazers. Now, most of us would probably agree that Jamal Crawford isn't the answer at SG for the Wolves, but how interested should they be in him as a backup SG/sixth man? The question for me is defense and offensive efficiency. I'm sure most of you have similar concerns. Perhaps at $5 million or so a year, he just isn't worth it.

Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams Make NBA All-Rookie Teams


Ricky Rubio made the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team and placed second in the voting. Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Kenneth Faried (Denver), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Iman Shumpert (New York), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio) and Brandon Knight (Detroit) round out the First Team. Chandler Parsons (Houston), Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento), MarShon Brooks (New Jersey), Derrick Williams (Minnesota) and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland) were voted onto the Second Team.

Pekovic to Have Ankle Surgery at Season's End


Pek is going to have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle after the season ends. He said he plans on finishing the season on the court with the Wolves.

Ricky Rubio Post-Injury Press Conference


Ricky Rubio is at Target Center and will be giving his first press conference since his ACL surgery.

Brad Miller to Retire, Focus on Hunting Show


"For anyone that is listening, I’m going to retire after this season," Miller said prior to the T’wolves game at Golden State on Monday night. "It’s time to concentrate on ‘Country Boys.’ I’m done." Country Boys Outdoors is on the Sportsman Channel and was selected best new series at the 2009 Sportsman Choice Awards.

Sources Should Say: Michael Beasley Trades


Poor Michael Beasley. Sure, the man has his faults and herbal demons, but he’s also had his share of bad luck. And no, being pulled over last year with 16 grams of marijuana isn’t bad luck- it’s bad planning. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/michael-beasley-cited-marijuana-speeding_n_891627.html But still, having had the chance to watch Beasley under a microscope while he played in Miami with those pre-LeBron Heat teams (yes, there was a team in Miami before "The Decision," believe it or not), one thing was clear- the man was as naturally talented as they come. He has magnanimous, ambidextrous hands, a silky median-range jump shot, a surprisingly quick first step - basically all the physical tools a forward needs. The problem was, on a Heat team that takes pride on defense and professionalism, Beasley was as out of place as Will Smith in his first few years with the Banks family. "Goofy" and "laid-back" are two words that fairly described Beasley. They’d also never be used in the same sentence as "Heat culture." Beasley’s lack of defensive awareness and maturity combined with the fact that he played the same position as team captain Udonis Haslem, meant he never hit his stride in Miami. After being dealt in 2010 in what amounted to a salary dump, he found himself in the basketball wilderness known as Minnesota, forced to change position without a competent point guard in sight. Still, last year he was their second leading scorer (19 ppg) and played well. Unfortunately for Beasley, there’s a new coach in town and Adelman doesn’t appear to be sold on him. Combine that with Minnesota drafting Derrick Williams, another guy who shares his position, and it appears as though Beasley’s time in Minnesota may be coming to an end. With that in mind, let’s look at few trades that make sense for Minnesota, while also not being entirely unkind to Mr. Beasley....

NBA indefinitely postpones training camp and cancels 43 preseason games


"We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games," said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. "We will make further decisions as warranted." This could just be the start of game cancellations for the '11-'12 season and it doesn't sound like the parties are any closer now than they were a couple of months ago.

Words of Wisdom from Rashad McCants


"The only way I would come back to the league is if I get to play with Kobe Bryant. There’s nobody who thinks like me but Kobe Bryant. I just get criticized for what he used to get criticized for because I tried to establish myself the same way he did." I know Mr. McCants hasn't played for the Wolves in a while, but his quotes still make me smile.

Timberwolves Start Laying Off Employees


"While the Minnesota Timberwolves continued the process of hiring arguably their most important employee, they told some on the business side of their operations that their services won’t be needed during the NBA lockout. The Timberwolves laid off at least 11 business side employees on Tuesday, many of them in the sales department, as the effects of the NBA lockout start to sink in across the league. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press of the moves. The person requested anonymity because the Timberwolves are not discussing personnel matters. So far, the basketball side of the operations have been spared, with president of basketball operations David Kahn bringing in Mike Woodson on Tuesday to interview for the head coaching opening. The Wolves are at least the third team in the league to start laying off employees. The Charlotte Bobcats laid off at least seven last week, including radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer. The Detroit Pistons fired 15 employees earlier this month." - By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer

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