Wolves wrap up summer league play, Sessions trade rumors and more
It seems like it might just be a matter of time before the Cavs and the Minnesota Timberwolves make some sort of trade. What type of trade is still under discussion. Over the past several weeks the Cavs have talked to the Wolves about since-traded Al Jefferson and point guard Jonny Flynn, who Minnesota does not want to trade.
Two Wolves currently on the block, though, interest the Cavs. One is guard Ramon Sessions, made available when Minnesota signed Luke Ridnour last week. The other is young center and Canton native Kosta Koufos.
The timing couldn't be better for Minnesota to move Sessions, as a number of teams are looking for point guard help. The Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, and Cleveland Cavaliers have all been in contact with Minnesota to explore what it would take to land Sessions. The Cavaliers are believed to be the frontrunners at this point, primarily because the Timberwolves would love to have Delonte West's contract in return, with the idea that they would waive him and it would cost the team just $500,000 to save $4 million. Minnesota would throw in Kosta Koufas, as well.
Sessions may not be an elite level point guard, but he is more than capable of running a team. The issue in Minnesota has everything to do with his inability to run the triangle, not his overall ability to play the point. Considering that the Timberwolves are seeking little beyond cap relief in return, don't be surprised to see Sessions moved soon.
Another player who seems to be the odd man out in Minnesota is center Ryan Hollins. He had his moments last season, playing especially well during the team's season-long five-game winning streak, but with the re-signing of Darko Milicic and the addition of Nikola Pekovic it seems likely Hollins will be moved.
The Hawks finish their 2010 NBA Summer League schedule with an 3-2 record, while the Timberwolves head back to Minnesota with a record of 1-4 at the desert classic.
From Jonah Ballow/Timberwolves site: Wolves Suffer Loss In Summer League Finale
From Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports: NBA summer league: Winners & losers
LOSER: Minnesota Timberwolves
Wesley Johnson(notes), the third overall pick for the T’wolves, played in just one game in Las Vegas because of a hamstring injury. Second-year Wolves guard Jonny Flynn(notes) also didn’t play in the summer league because of a hip injury.
With Johnson and Flynn out, it was the Patrick O’Bryant(notes) and Wayne Ellington(notes) show for Minnesota in Vegas.