All the other Wolves workouts have included media availability. This one is closed.
Still curious if the Wolves don’t work something with the Thunder with that 18th pick to get to 3 to ensure they get the guy they want, which could be Tyreke Evans before Sacramento gets a chance to take him.
NBA officials confirmed that Harden was supposed to be at Wednesday’s media session in New York but had an unscheduled workout thrust onto his schedule late Tuesday night.
According to a source close to Harden, Harden flew to Minneapolis for an interview and light shooting workout with the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
The source said Harden was told by Washington that he would have been the Wizards’ pick at No. 5 prior to Tuesday’s trade that shipped the fifth pick to Minnesota for Randy Foye and Mike Miller, with three Wizards — Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov — also heading to Minnesota.
The source said Harden would go to either Oklahoma City at No. 3 or Minnesota at No. 5 or 6, pending further moves by the Wolves.
Thomas had to sign an agreement that he wouldn’t exercise his early termination option on July 1 and pursue free agency. He has, and now, the teams can submit everything to the league offices.
Presumably, one of those picks will be a lead guard. This draft is loaded with point guards, and the Foye trade leaves the Wolves with only Sebastian Telfair to play the position. The other is likely to be a wing to shore up another soft spot in the rotation, or perhaps a combo guard such as Tyreke Evans.
Minnesota also added more than $8 million to its salary-cap bottom line for the summer of 2010; they weren’t going to be a major player in the LeBron Sweepstakes anyway, and they still will be well under the cap, so this is of comparatively little significance.
Listen, this team was thin, and set to have to extend Miller and/or Foye’s contracts. And these were Kevin McHale acquisitions. Why act all sentimental with this lot?
When he’s done lording over the draft with his four first-round picks, Kahn is expected to target a young coach to take over his young team. That’s one of the reasons ESPN’s Mark Jackson has been widely billed as the favorite for the job, ahead of ex-Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell in spite of Mitchell’s status as a longtime favorite of Wolves owner Glen Taylor.
Bonus Wolves nugget: Kahn’s willingness to take on Darius Songaila, who is scheduled to earn $4.5 million next season, looks like the clincher that persuaded Washington to take Minnesota’s offer over New York’s for the Wizards’ lottery pick: Randy Foye and Mike Miller in exchange for No. 5, Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov and Songaila. Shedding Songaila wasn’t an option in a deal with the Knicks built around Wizards ex Larry Hughes.
The word was Kahn was really after Rubio. Minny was supposed to have met with Rubio today. Or were trying to.