Beasley says joining team is a fresh start for him, Kahn hopes to make an announcement on Pekovic in the next week, Love calls team's moves "interesting" and more
Tom Pelissero/1500ESPN.com posts highlights from today's press conference introducing Michael Beasley:
What was your immediate reaction when you found out the news?
"A new beginning. I feel like I did good my last two years in the NBA playing for Miami, but I feel there's a lot that the world don't know about me. A lot of my game hasn't been shown. A lot of my personality hasn't been shown. I feel like this is a new beginning and a fresh start, and I'm just ready to start my life."
Are there reasons they didn't see that in Miami?
"Um, no. I don't want to say anything I'm going to regret. Miami, they have a special way of doing things. They just didn't need what I had to offer at the time with Dwayne Wade on the floor and guys like Jermaine O'Neal. You got a lot of NBA All-Stars on the floor, and I guess it just wasn't my turn."
You said there's a lot about your personality the world doesn't know. For instance? Can you put a little light on that, things people don't know about your personality?
"People don't know that I'm actually a good guy. I actually love kids and dogs and long walks in the park. "
Beasley said he appreciated that the Heat had greater priorities.
"Miami had to do what they needed to do to accomplish their goals over the summer," he said. "They wanted one big free agent or two, they got all the free agents. You've got to clear some small things to get the big things in. And I'm OK with that."
He said he initially was hurt by the trade.
"You get traded, first thing you think is, 'What did I do wrong?' And, 'I'm not good enough?' " he said. "You've got to be a man about it, just forget about it. Move on."
Beasley said he is ready for the increased responsibility. After trading leading scorer Al Jefferson to Utah on Tuesday, the Wolves have an opening for a go-to scorer. Beasley said going through rehab made him a better person and he is ready to show everyone that he has put his problems behind him.
"Do I think the Wolves took a gamble on me? Definitely," Beasley said bluntly. "But I believe in myself and I trust in myself to take care of business like I'm supposed to."
Beasley will go to Los Angeles next week to work out with Rambis and help learn phases of Rambis' triangle offense. Wolves center Darko Milicic will join Beasley in Los Angeles after concluding workouts this week at Target Center. Kahn said Milicic has been in town to get a jump on his conditioning.
Briefly: Love will be in Las Vegas next week to participate in tryouts for USA Basketball.
From the Associated Press:
David Kahn says he hopes to make an official announcement on the signing of European center Nikola Pekovic (peck-uh-vick) in the next week or so.
From Will Brinson/Fanhouse: Kevin Love Skeptical but Hopeful for Timberwolves Turnaround
WB: Well, there have been some weird moves!
KL: No, for sure -- I didn't even know we had Kosta Koufos until this morning.
KL: From the Jazz, yeah, and a few first round picks and then a big trade exception. And we've got Darko Milicic for $20 million over four years, we have Michael Beasley now, we're just finalizing Luke Ridnour for $16 million, so I guess "interesting" is definitely the word.
As far as predictions go, it's tough, because at some point you gotta stop blowing up the team and play with the guys you have.
Teams recently having shown an interest in free-agent forward Anthony Tolliver are Charlotte, Minnesota and New York.
God, how Timberwolves fans wish David Kahn lived in a vacuum. A big, giant, sucky one.
His team is full of youngsters, and it's hoping to score another lottery trip, the stateside rights to Ricky Rubio(notes), and cash in with all those draft picks, tradeable contracts, salary-cap space, and potential trade exceptions should they go over the cap.
And while Luke Ridnour, though he won't ever top his career year from last season, might be worth four million a year even in his early 30s ... what's the ruddy point?
From Sekou Smith/NBA.com:
What in the world is going on with the Minnesota Timberwolves?
It’s a fair question after a dizzying 14 months of action from ‘Wolves GM David Kahn, a crowd fave here at the hideout for his refusal to flinch in the face of so much opposition to the work he has done.
Reaction to Kahn's interview with Chris Webber on NBA TV during last night's summer league game: