Big Al to Dallas trade rumors, Beasley deal not yet finalized and more
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The Dallas Mavericks are continuing their pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson, according to sources, but talks between the teams have stalled due to Dallas' insistence that the Wolves take on contracts other than that of center Erick Dampier.
Sources say the Mavericks want Minnesota to take on the contracts of guards DeShawn Stevenson (set to make $4.1 million next season) and Matt Carroll (who has three years and $11.7 million remaining on his deal), and are reluctant to send Dampier to Minnesota for Jefferson, whom the Wolves have been shopping for several weeks, and who has three years and $42 million left on his deal. But Minnesota has no interest in either player, with point guards Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions on the roster, having acquired shooting guard Martell Webster from Portland in a Draft day trade and taking swingman Wes Johnson fourth overall in the first round.
Sources told ESPNDallas.com that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been urging Dallas to part with Dampier's contract -- and draft considerations -- in exchange for Al Jefferson, who has three years left on his contract at $42 million.
The Mavericks, sources said, keep telling the Wolves that they won't surrender Dampier's contract in a Jefferson deal because they have it earmarked for a Pau Gasol-type trade, such as the centerpiece of Dallas' longstanding pursuit of New Orleans point guard Chris Paul.
Dallas, though, does remain interested in Jefferson if the Wolves would accept a deal that does not involve Dampier's contract.
David Kahn wouldn't talk today about Michael Beasley and the trade agreed upon with Miami late Thursday night because the deal hadn't been finalized with the league office.
That might not come until Monday now.
Seems like the Heat is busy with a few other details, like getting LeBron, Dwade, Bosh and Mike Miller signed to contracts.
"He's so misunderstood. I think his demeanour and the way he is as a person, a lot of people think he doesn't care about basketball," Flynn said. "But that's just the way he is. A lot of things he went through growing up, a hard lifestyle, can shape a person in different ways. A lot of people just misunderstand Mike and I'm happy he's a teammate."
The Timberwolves like Beasley's athleticism and versatility, and he could play some small forward as well.
"He's an animal," said Wolves rookie Wes Johnson, who played against Beasley in college.
From Tom Ziller/Fanhouse: Michael Beasley Traded to Wolves
But Minnesota, sources said, is convinced that it will trade Jefferson before the start of next season and felt it couldn't pass up the opportunity to acquire a talent like Beasley without surrendering any assets.
From John Hollinger/ESPN: Timberwolves get Beasley from Miami for picks
Even with that, he's not exactly chopped liver. He's averaged better than a point every two minutes for his NBA career and he's only 21 years old. This is exactly the type of player the Wolves should be looking to snatch as part of their rebuilding project -- young, talented players that circumstance places on their doorstep for a pittance.
And Kahn also acknowledged Thursday that the Wolves had visited the previous day with free-agent point guard Luke Ridnour.
So could Flynn end up being out?
Flynn, who is preparing for the Las Vegas Summer League next week, arched an eyebrow Friday at the trade talk but dismissed it as typical offseason chatter.
"Right now, we just have a bunch of good young talent and we have to mold together," he said. "We have to really trust in (coach) Kurt (Rambis) and make ourselves into a winner."
Outlaw ran into Martell Webster, who was traded by the Blazers to Minnesota on draft day, when he was at the Timberwolves’ practice facility to speak to team officials about signing. Although he and Webster didn’t get a chance to have a long talk, Outlaw said it was fun to see Webster’s familiar expression.
"Marty, he’s always got that serious look," Outlaw said. "But he looked he liked he was going to get to work."
Darko Milicic, Minnesota Timberwolves – 4 years, $20 million: Most people want to kill the Wolves for this deal, but I like it. If Milicic is fully motivated to play in the NBA (agreed – big if), $5 million per season for a starting center who can rebound, defend, and provide a little bit of crazy is a great deal.
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves – 3 years, $13 million: Everything I have heard from people I respect within the game say Pekovic is going to be a solid player. Never having seen him play, I have to go off the opinion of those I respect. If he brings some offense to the post for the Wolves, it's a great move.