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Wolfson: Bitter battle over Nic Batum costs the Wolves at least one target


Excellent read. Really clears up the current free agency situation for the Wolves. I hope everything Wolfson is saying is true, and it is a relative certainty that the Wolves end up with Hill and Stiemsma in addition to Roy and Shved. I also hope that Lee is their next top SG/SF target after Batum and that the price is indeed right. In my opinion, Brewer is not a close second because of his lack of offensive prowess. Also - Scola would have been nice and I would say that we missed out, but I don't think we need him.

Shved interview


First words from the Swede...

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.

Y! Sports/DraftExpress 2012 NBA Mock Draft No. 2


Yahoo!/DraftExpress has us taking Terrence Ross at 18. I like that a lot better than taking Royce White, honestly. Though we could certainly use depth at PF and C, we need a wing in the worst way possible, as everyone knows.

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....

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