Kurt Rambis’ Future w/MIN continues to ‘hang in the balance’
Minnesota Timberwolves’ President David Kahn has yet to make a decision on the future of current Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis. Two months into the offseason, Rambis is still left clueless as to whether he’ll be back with the Timberwolves next season.
Word today came that Kahn wants to speak with TWolves owner Glen Taylor before making any decisions. Rambis & Kahn met a few weeks ago, after 6 hours of meetings, with no decision made.
David Kahn has been criticized for the way he’s handled this situation and in my opinion, he should be. There’s no reason that he should let his coach continue to flap in the wind. It’s been seen as quite unprofessional and the longer the situation drags on, the more criticism he’ll rightly receive.
You’d think with the draft now just 2 days away, the Wolves would want to have their ‘11-‘12 head coach to have input in the 2011 NBA Draft, apparently David Kahn wants complete control over the draft, like he had in 2009 when he drafted 4 guards: Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, Ty Lawson & Wayne Ellington, hopefully the result will be a bit more favorable for the TWolves.
That’s all for today, this isn’t the first Rambis Update and it certainly won’t be the last. Remember to check daily for Timberwolves news, information & updates all year round. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Jonny Flynn…to the Knicks?
UPDATE: According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports the Timberwolves have reportedly offered a trade package—that includes Flynn to the Philadelphia 76ers for Andre Iguodala. The Sixers have stated that they want an impact player for Andre, not a salary-dump, as such, Flynn will not be enough for the TWolves to snag Andre Iguodala.
The 6th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft Jonny Flynn is reportedly on the trade block and the Knicks may be looking to acquire the 2nd-year vet.
Flynn’s numbers took a major hit last season after missing a good portion of the season to recover from offseason hip surgery.
With Ricky Rubio now coming to Minnesota and clearly the point guard of the future for the Wolves and Luke Ridnour as the probable backup next season, Flynn is now expendable.
The New York Knicks have had preliminary discussions with Minnesota, but no formal deal is in place as the Knicks debate whether or not Flynn would be a viable backup to Chauncey Billups for at least one season.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News states that New York guard Toney Douglas would likely be the player traded for Flynn. However, Isola points out that Douglas is coming off major shoulder surgery, which may make him hard to deal.
This obviously isn’t the first rumor we’ve heard regarding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Jonny Flynn, he’s been linked to the Phoenix Suns & Toronto Raptors among others in the past.
Stay tuned for the news, information and updates on your Minnesota Timberwolves all year round. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Ricky Rubio Talking ‘Future’ with Regal FC Barcelona
According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, the Wolves 5th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft is talking about his future with his current team-Regal FC Barcelona.
Barcelona won the ACB Finals yesterday (June 14th) in a sweep over Bizkaia Bilbao. As such, there season has now come to an end and Rubio is talking about a buyout, which would cost around $1.4M, $500,000 of which the Timberwolves could pay. The Wolves organization is also looking to local sponsors around Minnesota to finance the remaining $900,000 of the buyout for Ricky.
There have been numerous sources-the Star Tribune, ESPN, Pioneer Press, Yahoo Sports, KFAN, Associated Press etc. that have all confirmed that Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves have come to an agreement to play in the Twin Cities next season.
Rubio is expected as early as Monday to come over to Minnesota for an introductory press conference, though nothing is official yet.
Thanks for reading and remember to check daily for all your TWolves news, information & updates all year round right here! GO WOLVES!
Watch Ricky Rubio in Action
UPDATE: Ricky Rubio’s team-Regal FC Barcelona, won the ACB Finals today (June 14th) by defeating Bizkaia Bilbao 64-55. There are some rumors he’ll be introduced within a week or two-keep an eye out for that!
UPDATE: Regal FC Barcelona won the second game on Saturday 74-67. Ricky played just 11.5 minutes and had 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds and a turnover. Game three and the potential final game is set for Tuesday. FC Barcelona can sweep the ACB Spanish title with a win.
UPDATE: Regal FC Barcelona won 74-64 in Finals Game One. Rubio had 0 points, 5 assists, 4 turnovers and 2 rebounds. Game 2 is set for Saturday, these finals are a best of 5 series.
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2009 Draft pick Ricky Rubio is playing today in the Spanish finals and you can stream the game live online, tipoff is set for 1:30pmCT
Follow the link below to watch the future Minnesota Timberwolves point guard in action. Ricky Rubio plays for Regal FC Barcelona.
A full update on how Ricky did today as well as the results of the game can be found right here following the final horn. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Wolves-Raps Trade Rumor
As we get closer and closer to the 2011 NBA Draft, the rumor mill continues to churn out a lot of potential trades and stories.
The most recent feature our Minnesota Timberwolves and our friends to the North the Toronto Raptors.
The reported trade features two 2009 Draft picks: DeMar DeRozan & Jonny Flynn. The trade would send Flynn & the #2 pick to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan & the #5 pick.
There are updates flying both ways however, one group of people say there’s no way that deal could/would ever happen. While the other says it’s practically a done deal and will almost certainly happen. The important thing to remember is that these are rumors and nothing else, until there’s a press conference called to make any announcement, these are nothing more than RUMORS!
However, if it did go through, the Wolves would be acquiring a player they passed on in the 2009 Draft, for a player (Flynn) that many have begun to label BUST. The Raptors are reportedly very high on Derrick Williams, which is obviously the reason they’re mentioned in these rumors.
With the #5 pick that the Wolves would then acquire, if Enes Kanter is still available (most mock drafts have him going #4 to the Cavaliers) he’d be the likely pick-up.
With Jonny Flynn, the Raptors would have their point guard of the future. Flynn would most likely improve, being injury-free and out of the triangle offense, with a little more freedom.
DeRozan would certainly bring some solidity to the shooting guard position for Minnesota. He’d also bring a whole lot of athleticism and scoring ability (17.2ppg last season). Furthermore, we could bring Wesley Johnson off the bench and have him play as more of a small forward (something he’s clearly more comfortable doing).
That’s all for now. Stay tuned all year round for your latest TWolves news, information, updates and rumors. Until then, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Hello Rubio…Goodbye Flynn?
UPDATE (Sunday June 5, 2011 @1:55pmCT) A report from Sports Illustrated has the two teams most interested in Flynn as the Sacramento Kings and the Toronto Raptors.
UPDATE (Friday June 3, 2011 @2:05amCT). According to a report, there are a few other teams, also interested in Flynn. Toronto does seem like the likeliest destination as they’re looking for a young talent to run the squad and Flynn is actually from Niagara, which is quite close to Toronto. Other possibilities include the New York Knicks (if Chauncey Billups is traded (there have been reports he’s on the block) the Knicks could target Flynn). Phoenix is also another possible destination as noted below, but there’s also been a report (that most call highly unlikely) of a trade for Phoenix’s All-Star and former MVP point guard: Steve Nash, who would come over to be the Wolves starting point guard and more importantly-a mentor to the young Ricky Rubio.
Big news was leaked yesterday as it seems on Tuesday (5/31) the Minnesota Timberwolves and their #5 2009 NBA Draft pick: Ricky Rubio had indeed signed to join the team for the ‘11-‘12 campaign.
With this news, the rumor mill has begun to churn as it now appears the #6 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft: Jonny Flynn will be traded. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Flynn’s name come up in the trade rumors. The TWolves tried more than once to swing a deal with the Rockets for Aaron Brooks (who eventually was traded to Phoenix for a pick and Goran Dragic).
It is likely that Ricky Rubio will be the starting point guard for the Wolves next year, moving veteran Luke Ridnour to a reserve role which leaves Flynn the odd man out.
Possible destinations have been listed, as of now: the Toronto Raptors (they’re looking for an upgrade over Jose Calderon/Jerryd Bayless), Detroit Pistons (they don’t have a true point guard, Flynn would be a good fit), Sacramento Kings (they’re looking for a young star to complement Evans in the backcourt, he could certainly be a big piece for Sac-Town next to Cousins & Evans), Portland Trailblazers (they’ll be looking for a starting point guard if Andre Miller doesn’t return and possibly a backup for Miller when he eventually does retire), Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash is getting in up there in years and he won’t be around forever, Aaron Brooks is down there, but many believe he won’t be the future point of Phoenix).
This isn’t the last we’ll hear of this until he’s playing for another squad. It could be likely that the Wolves could decide to move Flynn during the draft for another pick (or what have you). That’s all for now, thanks for reading, stay tuned all offseason long for your up-to-date TWolves news and information. GO WOLVES!
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ #5 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft: Ricky Rubio still has some ‘obstacles’ to hurdle if he’s going to be in a Wolves uni for the ‘11-‘12 campaign (whenever that may start).
The TWolves were hoping to have a buyout negotiated and a contract signed with Rubio earlier this month, but that has yet to happen. If Rubio wants to avoid the new rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he has until May 31st to sign with the Wolves, otherwise he’d have to sign a contract under the new rules of the CBA (most likely: a lot less money).
One source with knowledge on the situation, put the chance of Rubio coming over to the Wolves for next season at 90%, however there is still a very good chance he could spend another year over in Spain.
According to a source, Ricky has ‘warmed up’ to playing for Minnesota after the Timberwolves representatives have made numerous & regular trips to Spain, since he was drafted in 2009.
Rubio has been coming off the bench for Barcelona and according to this source, they’re looking at making some ‘personnel’ changes and they think it may be time for Rubio to move on.
If Rubio comes over, there’s a very good chance he could be the TWolves starter for next season. Before that happens however, he’d need to negotiate a buyout with Barcelona, which would cost him $1,000,000, half of which the Timberwolves organization could/would pay ($500,000).
That’s all for now, thanks for reading and remember, you can find all your up-to-date TWolves news and information right here all offseason long. GO WOLVES!
Rubio Deal “Close”
First and foremost, I assure you, the above image is photoshopped, so don’t get too excited Wolves fans! That being said, according to sources, the Minnesota Timberwolves are extremely optimistic that their “future point guard” will be sporting the blue & green for the ‘11-‘12 campaign…whenver that may begin.
Word is GM David Kahn is on the verge of signing the ‘09 Draft pick after multiple tries in multiple summers. Although nothing is yet finalized, things should be “coming together” in the coming weeks.
If Rubio does sign that creates the NBA Draft debacle. Theoretically if the Wolves get the top pick (they have the greatest mathematical chance: 25%), then the choice has to be point guard Kyrie Irving, as he is the best player in the draft. Come May 17th (the NBA Lottery date) if the Wolves obtain that top pick and they’re able to sign Rubio, you can expect the Wolves to trade the top pick for a veteran for their “League’s Youngest Team”.
Obviously a lot of scenarios, but something to keep an eye on. Stay tuned to <minnesotatimberwolves.tumblr.com> for all your TWolves Offseason news. Until then, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Wolves’ Staff Travel to Spain for Rubio
Minnesota Timberwolves ‘brass’ are traveling internationally for a week this May to Spain, to visit…Ricky Rubio! No Kidding! They’re still looking to sign their first pick of the 2009 Draft to an NBA contract. Ricky Rubio has been pegged as the TWolves point guard of the future.
The Euroleague Final Four is currently going on, but Rubio is not playing in it. However, Ricky is playing currently in the Spanish League.
In terms of his contract, Rubio currently has a $1 million contract buyout with Regal Barcelona. He has to opt-out of that contract and sign with the Timberwolves before May 31 to his current rookie deal if he wants to avoid the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Of that $1M, the TWolves can contribute $500K.
The Timberwolves sent General Manager David Kahn and Assistant General Manager Tony Ronzone, the left on Wednesday (May 4th). They’ll also be visiting draft picks Henk Norel, Nemanja Bjelica and Paolao Prestes.
Many people with knowledge on the situation are confident that Rubio will sign with the Wolves this summer. First off, his skills have actually regressed in the Euroleague int the past two season, rather that improve. Both his playing time and development have dropped off playing with Regal Barcelona: his hometown, veteran-filled, championship-caliber team.
Chances are we could see Ricky Rubio in blue & green sooner than you may think, next season?…whenever that may start.
That’s all I’ve got for now, continue to check for updates on the TWolves offseason. Also check out the previous posts of the NBA Free Agency which details all the free agent possibilities for the Wolves at each position: PG, SG, SF & PF can all be found in previous posts, with the Center position coming soon. Also stay tuned for Draft updates, offseason & summer workout information all on this blog all summer! Until then, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!