Johnson listed as rookie with a "chance to shine" this year and more
From Daniel Marks/Dime Magazine: Dime Q&A: Corey Brewer on Losing, Shopping & the Dunk of the Year
Dime: How helpful will it be this year having stability at the coaching position, especially since you guys run the triangle?
CB: That will help us a lot. We know what Coach (Kurt Rambis) wants, we know what we have to do for him, what kind of plays he wants to run. We are familiar with the triangle now and know what to expect and what we can get out of it, last year was definitely an adjustment period. But myself, Jonny Flynn, Kevin Love, Darko, we’re familiar with it now so it helps a lot going forward.
From Shaun Powell/NBA.com: Ten rookies with a chance to shine this season
6. Wesley Johnson, Timberwolves. With Al Jefferson gone, somebody has to score for the Wolves, and Johnson (along with Michael Beasley) is the most likely candidate. He brings 3-point range along with an ability to get to the rim, and has the tools to flourish in the triangle offense. Assuming the Wolves aren't going anyplace special this season (a safe bet), they'll give Johnson plenty of minutes (should he earn them) to work through his mistakes and show progress by spring.
From John Vomhof Jr/Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal: Morneau, Favre MN’s highest-paid athletes
The Timberwolves had seven players on last year’s list, including power forward Al Jefferson, who tied Favre for No. 1 with a salary of $12 million. But none of those Wolves players are on the list this year. In fact, Kevin Love is the only one who’s still on the team.
The Wolves have five players on this year’s list, four of whom are new to the roster. Recently acquired power forward Michael Beasley is the team’s highest-paid player with a salary of just under $5 million, ranking 15th overall.
From Luke Byrnes/Hoopsworld: Ranking the Northwest Division
5. Minnesota Timberwolves – Few teams in the NBA had a more difficult season a year ago (thanks, Nets!) and, after a major roster overhaul, it doesn't look like the T-Wolves will be a whole lot better in 2010-11.