Wolves Updates 2/19


Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune
on Thursday’s NBA trade deadline: 
The interesting question is
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.
 
 
Veteran
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.
 
Young,
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.

 

 
 
 
Forward Theo Ratliff, sidelined since mid-November
and recovering from knee surgery, practiced and is on track to being
able to play again sometime in the next two weeks.
 
"He’s heading in the right direction," Wittman said.
 
 
 
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site talks to Greg Buckner about a variety of topics. Buckner on the funniest and least funniest players on the team:

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.
 
 
 
NBA interest in the Twin Cities is at its lowest point in the 19
seasons since the league re-emerged here with the expansion
Timberwolves in the fall of 1999.
 
This has been demonstrated not only by the sections of empty seats in
the home arena, but also horrendous ratings both for the Wolves’ local
telecast and the NBA’s national events.
 
 
 
Sebastian Telfair, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard, was sitting a few rows behind the scorer’s table at Madison Square Garden during the St. John’s-Villanova game Saturday night. 

The kid from Brooklyn, N.Y., was asked about his hometown team, which has clearly fallen on hard times.
 
"I can’t … I can’t talk about it," said Telfair, who skipped college to go pro. "I can’t do that to them. I’m sorry, man."
 
 
    
Previews of tonight’s game against the Sixers:
 
Click here for the forum’s game thread.  
 
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