as a free agent last summer for $18 million over five seasons. The Mavs
hoped he would add perimeter defense and toughness, but he was erratic
Wolves coach Randy Wittman praised Buckner’s professionalism,
leadership and versatility. Buckner’s lighter contract also might make
him a better candidate to have his contract bought out if the Wolves
cannot otherwise reduce their roster from 16 to 15 or fewer by opening
night Nov. 2.
includes a buyout clause, was a reason for the trade that sent Trenton
Hassell to Dallas on Friday. Buckner is guaranteed $3.5 million this
season and $3.76 million next season. But after that, the Wolves can
get out of the remaining two years on the deal with a $1 million buyout.
the Wolves at Target Center, showing his commitment to the team even
though he hadn’t signed a contract. Now he has – terms weren’t
disclosed – and he can move forward.
he’s the reluctant Timberwolf who said he will guide this team by
committee with veterans Theo Ratliff and Mark Madsen for as long as he
is in Minnesota.
Marko Jaric, attending the Timberwolves media session Friday,
made it very clear that he has asked to be traded and would prefer to
play for another team this season. … Wolves forward Mark Madsen,
who injured his shoulder in a personal watercraft accident in August,
said his "rehab is coming great. … Hopefully I’ll be other playing
full speed in six weeks."
than a few people were interested in buying the midcourt Target Center
seats that were owned by departed Kevin Garnett, and they sold the other day for $26,500 each for the coming season.
"I’m not worried about any comparisons or anything like that. I’m my own
player. I know we’ve got some big shoes to fill because of the things he has
done here. But it’s a challenge for me. I always like a big challenge."