When asked about not being traded Thursday, Walker
said, "Yeah, I’m disappointed, because I’m not going to play here. I’m
not part of the future here."
Walker said he’s not interested in a contract buyout
— he’s making more than $8 million this season and $9 million next —
because he doesn’t want to "give up a lot of money."
Walker said if he’s not going to be a part of the future, and it doesn’t look like he will be, then he and his agent will have to talk again to the Wolves’ front office after the season.
Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves, said the team had plenty of interest in some of their younger players before dealing Gerald Green to Houston for Kirk Snyder.
"We had many teams call interested in Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes," Taylor said. "But we weren’t going to, under any circumstance, trade these young players.
Word at Indiana is that the Hoosiers might be willing to offer Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman
$10 million over five years to return to his alma mater. Wittman has
two years left on his Wolves contract, but the second year is his
option, not the team’s.
The team will use the remainder of
the season to see if the shot blocker fits into its long-term plans.
"I’m going to do a Brett Favre," Ratliff said. "Every year I’m going to retire."
How’s this for apathy?
TNT’s coverage of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday had a 0.8 rating in
the Twin Cities, placing this market last among the 56 metered markets
in the United States. That means 13,654 households in this area watched
the game. By comparison, last month’s NHL All-Star contest on Versus
had a 2.1 rating (35,841 households) in Minneapolis-St. Paul. That
placed fifth out of the metered markets.