AP and Strib on Wolves acquiring Beasley, Kahn says team not trading Flynn and more
The Miami Heat just cleared a little more room for LeBron James.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Heat have agreed to send forward Michael Beasley to the Timberwolves for Minnesota's 2011 second-round pick and a swap of future first-round picks.
The Wolves agreed to absorb Beasley's $5 million salary in exchange for a 2011 second-round pick and a swap of future first-round picks that the Wolves can extend out to seven years from now.
In return, they get another athletic player who's 6-9 and can play both forward spots.
It sounds like Beasley didn't too much like the Heat's disciplinary system and ways, but there's no doubt the guy's got talent.
Point guard Jonny Flynn was unavailable to reporters after the Timberwolves' first day of a three-day minicamp Thursday afternoon at Target Center.
The same is true for the NBA, according to team President David Kahn, who quashed reports from Cleveland indicating the Cavaliers were targeting Flynn to fill their backcourt in anticipation of the departure of free agent superstar LeBron James.
"Jonny Flynn's not being traded," Kahn said about the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
"At this time of year, everybody on our roster is open for discussion. We're not looking to move Jonny Flynn. At the same time, we're not in a position where we'll say, 'No, we won't talk.' At this time of year, there's just a lot of talk."
From Jonah Ballow/Timberwolves: Thursday Mini-Camp Report
Speaking of point guards, Kahn also confirmed a visit from six-year veteran Luke Ridnour this week, "Well again, as we explore ways to make our team better, I think that all the positions that we have need to be seriously considered."
"I didn't think he had a feel for us and I didn't think we really had a feel for him. And in order to have any discussions, either now or later, I think it's important that he come pay a daylong visit."
Prior to Travis Outlaw inking a five-year deal with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday morning, he also took a trip to Minneapolis and met with the front office staff. The team has now spent time with three free agents, forward David Lee, Ridnour, and Outlaw. No deals seem imminent at this point while Kahn waits for some of the dust to settle on the first official day teams can sign free agents.
* Kahn said Thursday morning he expects to finalize the signings of Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic by Sunday and hopes to have rookies Johnson and Lazar Hayward signed by Monday's first summer-league game, although it's not essential he do so by then.
* Kahn got Biblical when I asked him about some of these deals made in recent days, such as $34 million for Amir Johnson and $35 million for Travis Outlaw.
Remember this is the guy who guaranteed Darko $16 million for four years.
"Well, lest he who is without sin cast the first stone," Kahn said. "I've fielded a lot of questions about Darko's contract over the last several days. I feel very comfortable with what we did and especially with the way we capped our exposure, assuming that's the way it finally ends up. If people say, It'd be very hypocritical for me to turn around and say how couhttp://www.sbnation.com/admin/entries/new?community_id=51&entry_type=Storyld they do that? I don't want to participate in that. It is what it is."
In an interesting side note, with the Timberwolves showing intent interest in Ridnour they are starting to get calls about the availability of Jonny Flynn. Flynn didn't exactly flourish in the triangle as a rookie, but other teams are intrigued to see what he can do in a different system. The Cleveland Cavaliers are among those interested, though that may be nothing more than a last-ditch effort to keep LeBron James in town, as the two share an agent and are good friends. The Wolves, for their part, would much rather part with Ramon Sessions.
Kahn said the summer league is critical in the development of young players.
"You want to see them get as much experience and exposure as possible," he said. "Not just on the court during games, but at practice, at shootarounds. I'm looking at it as an opportunity to see our guys grow."
During the morning program "Coffee or Tea" aired on TVP1, Polish national team and the Orlando Magic Marcin Gortat said that he received news that he would be traded to another club.
Asked whether the club is unable to guarantee him a place in the starting five, Gortat just smiled mysteriously.
Later, he said that he will be traded to Minnesota.
"I do not know how much truth in this, waiting for further news. Timberwolves is the second worst team in the NBA, but they play in her talent. I guarantee you that if I had a chance to play there, it will be fantastic" added Gortat.