Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune on Thursday’s NBA trade deadline:
whether the Wolves could use their only real valuable bargaining chip —
Theo Ratliff’s expiring $11.6 million slot — and a couple of their
young pieces to fetch something substantial (say, Memphis’ Miller, who
just turned 28) rather than save it for down the road for free-agent
signings or to pay for new contracts for the likes of Randy Foye, Ryan
Gomes or Sebastian Telfair.
forward Antoine Walker is a proven shooter who won an NBA title with
Miami two seasons ago, but his limited game and his $8.5 million salary
makes him difficult to trade.
little-used guard Gerald Green — the runner-up to Dwight Howard in
last weekend’s NBA All-Star slam dunk contest — wants to be traded
because he figures his days in Minnesota are over when he becomes an
unrestricted free agent this summer anyway. But Green has little value
unless packaged in a bigger deal.
and recovering from knee surgery, practiced and is on track to being
able to play again sometime in the next two weeks.
The funniest dude would have to be myself. Wait, you know what? The
funniest dude is Dog. Mad Dog (Mark Madsen), and the least funny is
probably Theo Ratliff. He’s not much of a jokester.
seasons since the league re-emerged here with the expansion
Timberwolves in the fall of 1999.
the home arena, but also horrendous ratings both for the Wolves’ local
telecast and the NBA’s national events.
The kid from