Updates Part IIFrom Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress:
#41 pick Chris Richard is caught in a numbers game, as the T’Wolves already have 14 guaranteed contracts in addition to one partially guaranteed contract of a player who is a lock to make the squad—Craig Smith. They already bought out Troy Hudson to save a spot (bringing them down to 15), and now will have to choose between waiving Theo Ratliff’s very valuable ending contract, and signing their second round draft choice Richard (currently projected as the 4th string power forward on the depth chart). Our guess is they hold onto Ratliff and see what’s being dangled around the trade deadline. Richard is reportedly already working on his third agent in as many months.
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site chats with True Hoop's Henry Abbott.
HoopsHype on Ryan Gomes' non-profit organization, Hoops for Heart Health.
Shannon Booher/SLAM Online on Saturday's scrimmage between Team USA's Senior Team and its Select Team:
The Seniors tried to step it up on both ends, highlighted by a LeBron drive-and-foul (though he missed the free throw) and a strong block by Kobe on Al Jefferson. Jefferson tried to put up a baby hook, and Kobe was right there to stuff it before it left the new Timberwolve’s hand. Sick.
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