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Wolves Updates 7/7

Lee's agent talking to Kahn "quite a bit," Wolves announce summer league roster, Rickert invite to team's mini-camp and more


From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Bartelstein on Tuesday followed what Lee himself said Saturday night as he left town after his nine-hour visit and called Lee's trip a "great visit" with Wolves boss David Kahn, coach Kurt Rambis and owner Glen Taylor.

"They've got some ability to make some moves quickly so they'd have the ability to sign David," Bartelstein said. "They have a lot of interest. Yes, I've been talking to David [Kahn] quite a bit. We're sorting through a bunch of stuff. Hopefully we'll have a decision in the near future.":


From Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune:

The Wolves either would have to work a sign-and-trade involving Al Jefferson with New York through a third team -- Knicks won't take Al straight up now that they've agreed to terms with Amare Stoudemire, if they ever would have -- or trade Jefferson's $13 million contract for a non-guaranteed contract such as Dallas' Erick Dampier.


From A Wolf Among Wolves: David Lee: the Rumors, the Windmills


From the Timberwolves:

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team’s roster for the 2010 NBA Summer League, which runs from July 9-18 at the COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The summer league includes entries from 22 NBA teams and features a 58-game schedule over a 10-day span in which the Wolves will play five games.
The Timberwolves Summer League roster features 2010 First Round draft picks Wesley Johnson (fourth overall) and Lazar Hayward (30th overall), along with 2009 First Round picks Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington. Patrick O'Bryant, a native of Blaine, Minn., and the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, is also slated to join the Wolves roster in Las Vegas.
Prior to the 2010 NBA Summer League, the Wolves will host a three-day mini camp at Target Center from July 8-10


The Timberwolves site  has the team's summer league roster and schedule


From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:

Rick Rickert is getting another chance with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound former Duluth East and Gophers standout who was the Wolves' second-round draft pick in 2003 has been playing for New Zealand in the National Basketball League the last few years. He has signed a new contract with the Gold Coast Blaze in the NBL. That season begins Aug. 15.

Rickert, just 27, will take a Wolves physical Wednesday, then participate in a three-day mini-camp Thursday through Saturday. If all goes well, he'll play for the Wolves' summer league team in Las Vegas.

"I'm really anxious; I feel it's my time to crack into the NBA, and I feel I can help the Wolves," Rickert said this morning. "I'm playing the best basketball of my life."


From Rick Weegman, Duluth News Tribune:

Rickert received a call from his agent, Dan Greene of Minneapolis, on Friday about being invited to the camp. Rickert said he is among 15 candidates, of which the Wolves might take 10 to next week’s summer league in Las Vegas.




Darko Milicic won't play FIBA World Championship with Serbia, late in August. The Serbian big man did not show up at the preparation camp of his national team and then stated that he did not have the permission of T-Wolves to play in Turkey.

He was informed that the club's officials would contact the Serbian Federation and that is why he didn't show up without any notice.


From NBA announces affilations for NBA D-League teams in 2010-11

Entering the sixth year of direct affiliations between NBA and NBA D-League, a number of teams continue to build on strong affiliation relationships developed over past seasons. The Washington Wizards begin their fifth year as the parent club of the Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), while the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) have also been affiliated since the 2006-07 season.