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Report: Minnesota making push for O.J. Mayo, Anthony Randolph

Dec 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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For a guy that the owner doesn’t sound like he wants to trade there are certainly a lot of teams asking about getting O.J. Mayo out of Memphis.

The latest rumor is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to push to get Mayo, according to Ken Berger of CBS The Wolves actually drafted Mayo but moved him in a draft-night trade that brought Kevin Love to Minnesota.

The Wolves envision Mayo playing in the backcourt next season alongside (Ricky) Rubio, who according to a person familiar with the situation has given team officials his word that he will join the Wolves next season. The buyout that Minnesota must pay FC Barcelona is down to $1 million, but it’s not clear how Rubio’s decision could be affected by a lockout. Even if Rubio comes to Minnesota, there’s no guarantee he’ll thrive immediately.

Sources say the Wolves also are targeting Anthony Randolph, who is languishing on the Knicks’ bench after being acquired from Golden State as part of the sign-and-trade arrangement that landed David Lee in the Bay Area.

Rubio is not likely to come to the NBA next season. The lockout is part of it (Rubio would have to opt out of his Barcelona contract in the summer, when things with a new CBA very likely still will be unresolved). Another issue is that while the buyout is “only” $1 million the Wolves can only pay half of that, the rest has to come from Rubio. Finally, if Rubio waits until 2012 to come to the NBA he will be three years removed from the draft and no longer have to play under a pure rookie scale contract. So, 2012 is more likely. Much more likely.

Still, if the Wolves could acquire Mayo and take a flyer on Randolph, those would both be good moves. But pardon us if we’re not convinced it would be that simple.

  1. jstrizzle - Dec 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    I wish their was some word on who the wolves are looking to move. No sense getting excited or mad until we hear something on that.

    • dmo84 - Dec 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM

      Any two out of Flynn, Brewer, and Peklovic. So if they get Mayo, is he a sixth man? If that’s the case I would much rather have Brewer coming off the bench. Does Mayo sub for Beasely(foul trouble), and Wes moves to the 3. I like the fact the Kahn is always trying to add talent, but right now they don’t have trouble scoring(unless it’s in the final two minutes). They need a shut down defender.

      • jstrizzle - Dec 30, 2010 at 2:24 AM

        Yeah I agree completely. After watching the game against the Nuggets we need someone who can defend the point. Maybe Rubio is that guy because people forget that he is actually a very good defender. Unless Memphis is basically looking for salary cap relief I don’t see much benefit in trading undeveloped talent for different undeveloped talent. If we can somehow throw Brewer and Ellington at them for Mayo that would make me happy.

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