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Wolves Updates 6/21


Sources say Wolves no longer talking to Warriors about Randolph and more

From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:

Both Cousins and Favors possess the kind of size and reach that Jefferson and Love lack. If Kahn indeed trades any players currently on his roster this summer, he must decide whether to do so this week or wait perhaps for what he calls the "fallout" from a free agency period that will hum once James, Wade and Bosh, among others, decide their futures.

Gomes could go because of an unusual contract clause that will pay him nearly $3 million if the team doesn't pick up his option for next season. Flynn, whom Kahn drafted right after Rubio high in last year's draft, is a possibility, too, for the right deal.

"This is a weird year nobody has confronted before," Kahn said. "We need to get our arms around how this particular summer will play after the music stops and all the chairs are filled. It's going to be a strange summer that will feel like it will never end."


From Tim Kawakami/Mercury News:

Several NBA sources said over the weekend that the Warriors and Minnesota are no longer having trade discussions about Anthony Randolph heading to the Timberwolves.

"Not happening," one league source said. "Dead."

It’s unclear how serious the two teams ever got– first reported the talks earlier this month. And I’d heard for a while that Minnesota was very interested in adding Randolph in an effort to change-up their front-line chemistry and that, at the very least, the Warriors would listen.

It’s not out of the question that the Warriors could explore moving Randolph again, whether it’s to Minnesota or to another interested team.


From Tom Powers/Pioneer Press:

The Wolves, on the other hand, always have a chance to stumble across an immediate impact player. The consensus appears to be that they will take small forward Wesley Johnson with the No. 4 overall pick. That appears to be the safe choice. Johnson turns 23 in a couple of weeks, and that is old for a rookie. He might start to creak before the Wolves turn it around.

More daring moves include trading up for the No. 2 pick so they can grab Evan Turner. Or trading down to where they still can draft, say, Al-Farouq Aminu while acquiring other assets in return for the swap. The Wolves also might look to work a deal so they can draft Bloomington's Cole Aldrich with their second pick — and then hope he doesn't turn out to be another Greg Ostertag.


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From Chris Murray/Reno Gazette-Journal:

We caught up with Sessions during his youth basketball camp at the South Reno Athletic Club this week to talk about his season, potentially welcoming two more Wolf Pack players to the NBA and the upcoming draft.

RGJ: How would you describe how your season went? It probably didn't go as you envisioned when you signed with the team in the summer (Minnesota's 15-67 record was the second worst in the NBA).

Ramon Sessions: "It was a long season, but it was also a learning process. We were a young team with a new coaching staff and a new general manger, so it was a learning process. I wouldn't say that we tanked it or that we threw the season away. We learned a lot of things and hopefully next year it will show."