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December 22, 2014 Updates
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While Batum is grateful for the way things turned out, he still believes the decision to sign that offer sheet was the smartest route for him back in the summer of 2012. “At the time when I signed [Minnesota’s offer sheet], it was different,” Batum said. “We had no coach, I didn’t know Damian [Lillard] back at the time. And Minnesota was a different situation. They had Kevin Love, Rick Adelman, Ricky Rubio that was the way it was set up really. Now that I see the way we play, how I am right now with Terry Stotts, I’m glad I’m here now.” Basketball Insiders

That April night, Williams said he reacted to some transgression he wouldn’t specify. “He know what he did,” Williams said repeatedly after the Blazers beat Houston Only Daniels swore he didn’t have any idea what he had done. That’s because Williams later admitted the incident was just a veteran’s tactic, an attempt to fluster a rookie. That night, though, he attributed his actions simply to the “emotion” and “intensity” of the playoffs. “The crazy part about this league is we might be teammates one day,” he told reporters that night, “and I might be going to battle with him just like I’m going with [my team] now.” Funny how the world turns: Suddenly now they are, and he is. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“It’s all in competition and it was all in fun on my part,” Williams said. “He really didn’t do anything to me. He just made a couple of shots and I was like, ‘Where did this kid come from?’ It was like, ‘Let me get in his head, being the veteran I am,’ and I got a lot of attention on me, which was good. It took a lot of attention off my team, off LaMarcus [Aldridge] and Damian [Lillard] and put it on me. I was playing maybe 20 minutes, so I did what I had to do. “But it wasn’t to any point to where we were about to fight.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Timberwolves veteran forward Thaddeus Young visited Washington and its sights many times during the first seven NBA seasons he played just up the freeway in Philadelphia, but he never saw it quite like he did on Wednesday. Young and his teammates toured the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, spending 30 minutes with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey at their first stop and visiting with the wife of a U.S. soldier slain in Afghanistan at the second. Afterward, he called it a sobering, unifying moment for his young team. “It was definitely one of those eye-opening, life-changing experiences for us,” he said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 20, 2014 Updates

On Friday he sent Alexey Shved to the Houston Rockets in exchange for the Rockets' 2015 second-round pick and Ronny Turiaf from the Minnesota Timberwolves and the rights to Spanish League player Sergei Lishouk. The Sixers will waive Turiaf. Lishouk, 32, will never make their roster. The team is expected to trade his rights at some point. Philadelphia Inquirer

Jerry Zgoda: Flip said if Mo can play 10-15 mins & is OK, team probably won't have to add a pguard. He's hoping Ricky will be ready for contact in 2 wks Twitter @JerryZgoda

December 19, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced they have completed a three-team trade with Houston and Philadelphia in which they have acquired guard Troy Daniels, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets. As part of the deal, the Wolves send guard/forward Corey Brewer to Houston and forward/center Ronny Turiaf to Philadelphia. Philadelphia sends guard Alexey Shved to Houston and receives Houston’s 2015 second round pick and the rights to Serhiy Lishchuk. NBA.com


Kevin Garnett remains unquestionably the No. 1 player in franchise history. The other Kevin can no longer threaten that position.


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