News and notes for your Wednesday.
With training camp fast approaching, the Wolves once again missed out on a quality veteran they were chasing to the New Orleans Pelicans. Dante Cunningham agreed to a deal with the Pels yesterday, choosing them over the Wolves about a week after Tony Allen also signed with them. While I agree jambalaya and po’-boys are more appealing than...hot dish and lutefisk, what else do they got that we don’t?
The answer is playing time, I suppose, which, grumble, OK. Fair enough.
According to David Aldridge, the Wolves made a push for Andrew Bogut, who ultimately signed with the Lakers. If true, that’s completely baffling. Bogut has bee plagued by injuries and bad politics, but regardless of those things, why on earth would the Wolves bring in another center? They already have all the centers. At any rate, it didn’t happen, so we’re moving on and forgetting all about it.
Meanwhile, the Wolves still have 12 players under contract for next season, in addition to one (Anthony Brown) on a two-way deal, so expect a couple of signings in reasonably short order. At the moment, I’m rooting for the return of Wolves legend Gerald Green to the squad. They will likely add another point guard as well.
Gorgui Dieng reports to camp with a bronze medal from the recently completed Afrobasket. His Senegal team beat Morocco in the third place game (with Tunisia beating Nigeria in the gold medal game.) Dieng went for 18 and 10 to lead his team to the bronze. Well done Gorgui.
Elsewhere, Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst reported that several teams lost money last season, despite huge new television revenues. I dunno, this seems like it should be a feature rather than a bug: there’s no law that says pro sports ball teams HAVE to be profitable. The problem, to the extent there is one, is that profit does not appear tied to success and/or being well run, rather to market. Revenue sharing papers that over to an extent, but not entirely. However, on the whole NBA teams had a net income of over half a billion dollars last season.
The Timberwolves were among the teams that lost money before getting their revenue sharing check, but were in the black after getting that money.
What to do about this is about how we define sports leagues—as 30 separate businesses or as a single entity, or somewhere in between. It’s a bit awkward, and most of the league issues that come up are related to this question, including the recent discussion about changing up the lottery odds (again.) This is something I plan to write about at some length (again) in the next week or so.
Finally, a reminder that the Lynx will open the WNBA Finals on Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. Neil will have more on the series later in the week, but we are getting a rematch of last season’s epic Finals against the Los Angeles Sparks. It’s gonna be great.
Enjoy your Wednesday.