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September 30, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: More Martin: "No way anybody in my press conference believed I was serious." I blame @Jerry Zgoda for this silliness - ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/kevin-… Twitter @sam_amick

The Kevin Love trade that didn’t happen for the Warriors was revisited as training camp gets going, and from Minnesota’s perspective, the Warriors could have gotten the deal done before the star forward was sent to Cleveland. “Golden State we came fairly close, but they decided not to go ahead with the deal,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told NBA TV, adding that Minnesota wanted players back that would help them in the future. “And finally Cleveland said that they would give us three draft choices.” Contra Costa Times

Rubio is at his best when he's running free, charging up the court on a fast break, putting the defenders on their heels as he prepares to let a no-look pass fly toward the rim. Last year, the Wolves offense was centered around Love and Nikola Pekovic, two bruising players who do their best work under the rim. "For me, it's just strange," Rubio said of Love being gone. "Of course we're going to miss him. He's one of the best, if not the best, power forwards in the league, but we just have to move on. We had a good trade. I think if the young guys do what they're supposed to do and what we expect them to do, it's gonna be great." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 29, 2014 Updates
September 28, 2014 Updates

Rubio's representation has been seeking a five-year maximum contract that could be worth about $75 million. The Wolves are willing to wait if Rubio decides a four-year deal isn't enough. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Contrary to rumor, the Wolves were not seriously interested in restricted free-agent point guard Eric Bledsoe, who re-signed with Phoenix, because a deal would have had to have been a sign-and-trade and simply too complicated. Bledsoe, though, was willing to consider Minnesota, pending Rubio's status with the Wolves. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Q You signed Mo Williams. Is there a place for J.J. Barea on this team? Flip Saunders: Yes, there’s a place for J.J. You list our guys and every guy can make a case they do something the others don’t do, and J.J.’s the same way. You let these guys come in, they all compete and you keep the best team together. Last year in training camp, J.J. was our best player. We’ll see if he comes in at that same level. He’s got to understand I do certain things differently than what Rick did. There are certain things I won’t put up with that Rick maybe did a little bit, how guys act when they come out of games. That’s just not J.J., that’s any of these guys. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 

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