Gold Dust

Benjamin Polk —  June 23, 2010 — 2 Comments

Who’s up for some rumo(u)rs? The internet is simply abuzz. Firsties, Andy Katz at Truehoop reports on the chatter that the Nets have been getting sweet on Wes Johnson. What’s more, says Katz, they’ve been trying to pry Al Jefferson away from good olde MN:

“Johnson told ESPN that he could see himself fit well with New Jersey. According to a source close to Rob Pelinka, Johnson’s agent, the Nets have said Johnson’s professionalism and ability to contribute immediately are major reasons why he has moved ahead of Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors on Jersey’s board. New Nets coach Avery Johnson, according to sources, wants a player who is low maintenance and can have an impact. Johnson answers that on all fronts.”

Seconds, Chad Ford, also a Truehoopist, says that if Johnson is gone, the Wolves would settle for Favors, and that this would be just fine indeed:

“Sources in Minnesota are saying that they’ll take Derrick Favors at No. 4 if Evan Turner and Johnson are off the board. The Wolves may be bummed by this development, but I think it’s a great deal. The team lucked into Rubio at No. 5 last year and get a steal with Favors at No. 4 this year. Those two together could be awesome down the road.”

Ford’s not done either. He goes on to drop this heavy piece of speculative, anonymously sourced knowledge:

“However, the latest thing I’m hearing out of Minnesota may have the most legs. Sources have told me that the Wolves and Grizzlies have been discussing a swap that would send Jefferson to the Grizzlies for Zach Randolph. The deal would allow the Wolves to save a lot of money over time. Randolph has one year, $17.6 million left on his contract. Jefferson has three years, $42 million left.”

Whoa, dudes. Update: Apparently, this thing is dead. Probably for the best.

Meanwhile, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal tells us about a possible deal involving three later first round picks (thanks again to Ms. SG at Canis Hoopus), which discussions David Kahn has himself acknowledged:

“The Grizzlies have discussed trading their late first-round draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an attempt to move up in Thursday’s NBA draft.

A potential deal that would have the Griz exchanging their picks at 25 and 28 for the Timberwolves’ 16th selection has not been agreed upon but is one of several possibilities being seriously considered.”

Lastly, President Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duties as Afghanistan field commander. Does this mean that McChrystal could fall to the Wolves at 16? Sources say that Minnesota likes his length and athleticism but that he’s a bit on the old side for what the Wolves are trying to do (he turns 56 in August).

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2 responses to Gold Dust

  1. Ok… I have long been one of Kahn’s only supporters to date. I truly feel he has done a reasonable job to date. However, if he is going to trade Al Jefferson to Zach Randolph straight up just to clear cap space I am going to be pissed. I can’t imagine that we can’t get a better deal for Al who will likely be a 20/10 guy particularly as numerous teams are in dire need of a power forward. All we need to do is be patient and the offers will come. Indeed, teams are just hoping that we will “blow our wad” prematurely as we attempt to deal either Love or Jefferson precluding us from getting equal value in return. Just wait until a few months if the right deal does not come along and watch all the teams line up to get one of the two.

  2. I’m very interested in seeing what happens – I’ve had my fun blasting Kahn but this offseason will go a long way toward showing whether he’s got a plan or whether he’s just moving stuff around like Isiah or Rick Pitino used to, hoping good things happen mostly by luck. Hopefully it’s the former!

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