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Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT


Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract.

Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of those guys would take the minimum. Without blinking

They reportedly really like Mehmet Okur but the Turkey native has offers from his home country and is reportedly not settling for the veteran minimum. Minnesota would have to make another trade to free up space for that kind of move.

And if they did that kind of trade, they likely would spend that money on Anthony Tolliver, with whom the team continues to negotiate, according to he report.

So, somebody is going to be sitting in a chair when the music stops and get a job. That chair is at the end of the Timberwolves bench and doesn’t come with much playing time behind Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma. But it’s a chair and a job, and that’s what these guys want. And they don’t have much leverage on salary.

  1. money2long - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    blatche on the wolves would be a fine addition. in fact, i think it would push them over the edge of tethering between playoff team/non playoff team.

  2. eugenesaxe - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    “Both of those guys would take the minimum. Without blinking”
    Blinking might require more effort than Biatche is willing to give. But as a Portland fan, I hope MINN does sign him. That is the wrong atmosphere for him to be in.

  3. eventhorizon04 - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Blatche would be a fine addition for the Timberwolves, but it wouldn’t be a great move for Blatche. The Timberwolves frontcourt rotation is too good for him to earn much playing time, and his goal should be to fine a team thin in the front-court so he can earn playing time and rehabilitate his image.

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