A multi-team deal has emerged that could serve to clear cap space for Andrei Kirilenko to return to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kirilenko has spent the last two years in Europe playing for CSKA Moscow where he was named the 2012 Euroleague MVP.
The potential deal comes amid reports that the Timberwolves are interested in signing the 31-year-old Kirilenko.
In the deal, the Phoenix Suns would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans, and the Suns would get Wesley Johnson and a future first-round pick from Minnesota. The source said New Orleans would trade Brad Miller to the Suns. It is unclear what Minnesota would get from the deal.
The Wolves are pursuing Pau Gasol and are offering Derrick Williams in the process, according to two sources.
Minnesota offered Derrick Williams to the Bobcats for the No. 2 overall pick in hopes of helping to acquire Gasol.
The Wolves want to pair Gasol with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.
Ricky Rubio will have an MRI on his left knee on Saturday, several hours after his knee buckled in the final moments of Minnesota’s loss to the Lakers.
“Possible ACL,” the source briefed on Rubio’s condition said. “We’ll know more after the MRI. … There’s a lot of worry right now.”
Rubio came across to trap Kobe Bryant and fell to the floor as Bryant collided with him. Rubio was on the floor for a few moments until teammates carried him to the bench.
Sources say the Lakers are intrigued about he possibility of acquiring Michael Beasley.
The Lakers could absorb Beasley due to their $8.9 million trade exception.
Sources say Minnesota is interested in trading Beasley, who has not matured as hoped while with the club.
Ricky Rubio describes his playing style and talks about how his skills will translate to the NBA.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and star forward Kevin Love have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth between $60 million and $62 million, beating Wednesday’s midnight ET deadline.
Love had originally sought a five-year deal but backed off that request and instead insisted that the final year of a four-year deal would be at his option.
Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the All-Star forward was determined to have the ability to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent after three seasons if he didn’t like the direction of the team.
Free-agent guard J.J. Barea has reached an agreement in principle with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a four-year contract worth an estimated $19 million, according to sources.
NBA.com reported that the Wolves and Barea were finalizing the deal Monday. Barea also expressed disappointment last week over the dimming prospect of returning to the Dallas Mavericks.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be like this after everything we did, after my five years here, after what we did last year,” Barea said on ESPN 103.3′s Ben and Skin Show. “Now you’ve just got to go with it and things happen.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that they are hiring Rick Adelman as their next coach.
News of Adelman’s deal first came out Monday, and the Timberwolves made the official announcement Tuesday morning. An introductory news conference will be held once the contract is signed.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Minnesota’s other two primary candidates were Don Nelson and Sam Mitchell.
After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, Minnesota intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.
When the Timberwolves will interview Brown, who has coached teams to both NBA and NCAA titles, is uncertain because of a recent death in his family.
If they do, they will have interviewed two coaches among the top six all time in NBA career victories. Nelson is No. 1 with 1,335. Brown is No. 6 with 1,098.
The Wolves so far have interviewed Bernie Bickerstaff, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Adelman and Nelson.
The Minnesota Timberwolves fired Kurt Rambis on Tuesday, ending more than three months of uncertainty and awkwardness surrounding the head coach of the worst team in the NBA last season.
“The future of this franchise should be a bright one, and I am thankful for the chance I had, to play a part in shaping that future,” Kurt Rambis said.
“I want to thank Kurt for his contributions to our franchise and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said in a statement issued by the team. “His arrival signaled we were serious about building a championship-contending ballclub over the course of time.
Rambis was 32-132 in his brief stay in Minnesota, including 17-65 this past season.