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Wolves Updates 5/6

Kahn in Paris to watch Rubio, Jefferson's lawyer says he plans to enter plea agreement and more


From Sid Hartman:

Timberwolves President David Kahn is in Paris to watch Ricky Rubio play with Regal Barcelona in the Euroleague Final Four and try to find a way to get the Timberwolves' 2009 first-round draft choice (No. 5 overall) in a Minnesota uniform as early as next season to build interest in the team and sell more tickets.


From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:

Wolves forward Al Jefferson appeared in Hennepin County District Court this morning in connection with his February drunk driving arrest. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m., May 27. The court also set a trial date of June 30.
Jefferson was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 394 just after 1 a.m. Feb. 28, less than four hours after the Wolves lost to Portland at Target Center. He failed a field sobriety test and a breath test registered above the .08 legal limit. He agreed to a blood test and his blood alcohol content registered .12.


From Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press:

The attorney for Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson, who was arrested Feb. 27 near downtown Minneapolis on suspicion of driving under the influence, said he plans to enter a plea agreement that could prevent the case from going to trial.

"Al has taken full responsibility in this matter, and he's ready to get the situation resolved," lawyer Emanuel Serstock said Wednesday morning after Jefferson's arraignment in Hennepin County District Court.

Jefferson, a six-year NBA veteran, received a waiver to not attend the arraignment.

Serstock said he will present the city attorney's office a plea agreement that will include a sentence of two years' probation, a $300 to $1,000 fine and community service of two days to 40 hours. Jefferson, 25, is facing a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.


From Jordan Schultz/Fanhouse: Ranking the NBA's Best Young Big Men

9) Al Jefferson, 6-10, 25 years old (Minnesota) -- The 6-10 behemoth personifies the term power forward. A bruiser, bully and all-around force in the paint, Jefferson has stayed under the radar playing for an abysmal Timberwolves team, but don't let his lack of media buzz fool you.

Still recovering from knee surgery early in the year, Jefferson had a difficult start to the season before playing his way back into shape, showing off the range of tools and deadly explosion we remember pre-injury. Aside from a poor five-game stint in April playing for nothing, his numbers after November were stellar. Jefferson averaged nearly 18 points (51.4 percent shooting) and almost 10 rebounds per game, evidence that he attacked the rim more and finished at the basket in his typical fashion.