Kahn wants Rambis to find "creative and imaginative" ways for Beasley and Love to play together, Wolves to spend part of preseason in London, Jefferson happy he left MN on a good note and more
The Wolves traded one natural power forward for perhaps a player best suited to play that position -- Love's natural position -- as well. Love called Beasley's arrival "bittersweet" because it hastened Jefferson's departure and because he has played with Beasley in AAU ball since seventh grade. Kahn said he wants coach Kurt Rambis to find "creative and imaginative" ways to play them together.
"We have a lot in common, but we also don't have a lot of common," Love said. "He's lefthanded and unorthodox. I hope he keeps everything straight and narrow. If he does, he'll help us. I think he will."
Beasley has hired a personal assistant and a personal chef to help manage his life. Last summer, he checked himself into a rehabilitation hospital to address possible substance and psychological issues, a part of his life he called a "tough situation" that "made me a better person."
New Timberwolf Michael Beasley becomes the team's highest-paid player at $4.9 million next season. Al Jefferson, traded this week to Utah, was the highest-paid Wolves player at $13 million annually.
The 6-foot-9 Beasley wore jersey No. 30 in Miami. No. 30 is available with the departure of Ryan Gomes, but Beasley chose instead to wear No. 8 with the Wolves.
"Just something different," Beasley said.
Beasley, 21, who has had his share of behavioral issues, has hired a personal assistant to help keep him organized, a personal chef to help him eat right and, word is, a housekeeper to keep him tidy.
Even though Jefferson was traded, his family will remain in Minneapolis and be welcome guests of the Wolves at Target Center.
From Sid Hartman:
The Timberwolves' contracts for scouts and other basketball positions end Aug. 1. However, Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said he plans to keep most of the group he inherited from Kevin McHale. ... At $4.96 million a season, Michael Beasley will be the highest-paid player on the Wolves. ... The Wolves will play preseason home games with the Bulls and Bucks this fall, in addition to playing the Lakers in London on Oct. 4 and the Knicks in Paris on Oct. 6.
#Timberwolves again will hold training camp in Mankato, then head to London for nearly a week for Lakers' preseason game.
Perhaps most surprising is the re-signing of Milicic, who seemed on his way out of the NBA, by the Minnesota Timberwolves. A No. 2 overall draft pick in 2003 by the Detroit Pistons, Milicic has not played a major role for any of his five teams.
"Darko is 7-foot-1. He has a lot of skill and he's only 25," said David Kahn, the T'wolves' president of basketball operations. "We project him as our starting center. I think the number we arrived at is fair for both sides."
"I'm 25," Jefferson said. "These first six years in the league went by so fast. Another six years go by and I'll be 31. I just felt it was the time. I don't feel like I have three more years to sit and wait. Minnesota understood everything I was saying. They respected that.
"I thank them for the opportunity to let me come here. I'm really happy I left there on a good note."
Jefferson said Kahn told him that he'll always be part of the Timberwolves family.
"Minnesota welcomed me with open arms when I got there," he said. "I was really nervous about that, replacing a guy like Kevin Garnett. The fans really supported me for my three years there, they really supported me during my DWI [February's drunken-driving arrest]. Minnesota was a family to me. That's what I will miss the most about it."