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Lee, Mayo Timberwolves targets after Batum offer matched

Jul 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum AP

Minnesota used its amnesty provision on Darko Milicic, they are about to buy out Brad Miller and Martell Webster.

They have cleared the way to make a big four-year, $45 million offer sheet to Portland’s Nicolas Batum. They tried to pressure Portland into a trade and that didn’t work, so they are going to call Portland’s bluff and make them match the offer. Batum is expected to sign it Thursday.

Portland will match. They’ll take their three days to do it, but they will match.

Then what for the T-Wolves? Plan B, says Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

(Team owner Glen) Taylor said the first priority isn’t necessarily a wing player but “We’ve got to get some big guys.”

They’ve been pursuing Boston restricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma and Lakers power forward Jordan Hill and it now looks like those bigs will be the priority over a wing. As for those wings, their best options are, in this order:
1. Courtney Lee
2. O.J. Mayo
3. Andre Iguodala

Lee and Mayo are free agents. Iggy would require a trade with Philly and they are going to want a lot in return.

Just some names to watch as the Timberwolves try to put pieces around an impatient Kevin Love.

  1. Justin - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    ” Iggy would require a trade with Philly and they are going to want a lot in return.”

    I wouldn’t be too sure about that. I heard Minnesota could have landed Iggy before the beginning of last year for cheap but declined the offer because Iggy’s contract is too large and Minnesota didn’t believe they would be in the playoff race before Rubio went down.

    • sknut - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Yeah I heard the same thing, he is making a lot of money so that should diminish what one is willing to give up.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I just hope that if Stiemsma signs in Minnesota, that Celtic fans will respect his decision, will appreciate the time he spent playing in Boston, and won’t hold it against him when he comes back to town to play against the C’s. Even the most loyal Celtic fan has to admit, they did make it clear in free agency that he wasn’t exactly their first priority so they should understand he’s just doing what he feels is best for his career and his family.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      What’s going to happen in 2 years when your Heat will have to decide what to do with Wade, LeBron & Bosh as they will be over the luxury tax? Mickey has never been a fan of paying too high a tax.

      • heat256 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        In this case, Mickey has gone on record saying he will pay the tax as long as the team is competing for a title. If the rumors of the Heat signing a lucrative television contract are true, the tax won’t be that great of an issue.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        What do you expect Mickey to say?

      • heat256 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        As evident by him getting fined half a million by the NBA for his lockout comments, whatever is on his mind. Only way the Big Three will change is by retirement, opting out of their contract, or by asking for a trade. At worst, a S&T will be done and the Heat can retool. I’d expect them to have a window of 3-5 years of title runs if they stay healthy and get good pieces around them. They will pay the tax if that happens, and drop payroll if they can’t do it and start again.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Dude. This post has nothing to do with the Heat and I wrote nothing about the Heat. What is it with you? Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat. You know there are other teams in the league right?

        Why just today, Woodson said that Jeremy Lin will be the starting PG for the Knicks and Jason Kidd will be his backup. HUUUUGE news.

        Why does it alays have to be about the Heat with you?

      • findthetruth90 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Lmao! It’s because he lives in Ohio and most likely is a huge LeBron hater which turns him into a huge Heat hater. But it’s probably mainly because Lebron won a championship, which means he has to hate heat fans because we got what he never did. IJS.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        And not only does this have nothing to do with the Heat. It has even less to do with the Heat in 2014!

        I wasn’t going to talk about the Heat at all today. But since you brought it up….

        The Miami Heat are the Mother Bleepin’ World Champions!!!!! LeBron James was the season MVP and Finals MVP. Undisputed.

        And you were on your knees praying to the lord and savior himself that it wouldn’t happen. But it happened. They were awesome.

        Thanks for bringing it up.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Your earlier comment was clearly defending your fellow bandwagon jumper in Ray Allen 72. It’s not that difficult to read into your stupid comment. Only you & your fellow bandwagon jumpers would be so excited about a championship in a lockout shortened season, one with no training camp & injured stars not even participating in the playoffs.
      So now that the NFL is starting, let me guess, you’re a Giants fan? Possibly a Packers fan? Maybe New England? Do you check Vegas’ odds at the start of the season & decide who you’re a fan of?

      This is for truth: I live in Miami, moron!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        We’ve been over this before. We’re actually on the same side in football. Can’t believe it.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        ’72. Can you name 3 Heat players other than Wade & Haslem on the Heat roster in 2009? Most of these bandwagon Heat fans on here can’t.

      • lawful1 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        you are going to read what you want read reguardless of what the statement actually says. It doesnt make you look cool, smart, or crafty, it make you look uneducated… and when I read most of your post, it screams, “I AM UNEDUCATED!”

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Haslem was on the team?

  3. brewdogg - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I believe that Quentin Richardson and Jermaine O’Neal were on that team, weren’t they? Beasley, James Jones…..That was Chalmers rookie year too, right?

    Now that we’ve established that there are some people on here who pay attention to the entire league and not just one team, how about we get back to the point at hand.
    Note: it’s about the Timberwolves, not the Heat.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Sorry to the 3 TWOLVE fans that are out there. Hey there’s always next year.

  4. paulhargis53 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    1972: Just when I think you aren’t such a bad guy, you go and make a dumb post like that. I won’t make the same mistake again Mr. passive/aggressive.

    To the dude that that came down on the “uneducated” poster….its regardless.

  5. bparmalee - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Martell played okay last year… granted he has his “what the hell” moments. Someone is going to get a decent bench player.

  6. rvt25 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    You would think Philly would want Miller and Webster since they have cheap buy outs. Iggy makes almost 15mil, those two add up to nearly 11.

  7. paulhargis53 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    1972: just when I thought you’d turned a corner, right back to your bs. You’re very difficult to digest.

    Canton: I used to feel sorry for you, not anymore. 3 fans, huh? Rubio doesn’t go down, they are a playoff team last year.

    Are you ticked because the Timberwilves have a future and your team blows?


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