Glen Taylor Rumors
The price tag on the Target Center renovations increased to at least $138 million with the addition of at least $9 million from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner, the professional basketball teams announced in a news release Tuesday.
The latest infusion from Timberwolves-Lynx owner Glen Taylor will go toward fortifying the building’s Wi-Fi, new seats, a new railing in the lower bowl, more digital signs and a new skyway off the back of the arena. Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune, will contribute another $9 million to $12 million.
The Timberwolves explored several trade options in June, including for Chicago star Jimmy Butler, but Thibodeau, also Minnesota’s president of basketball operations, now sounds as committed as anyone in the franchise to his young trio. Outside the organization, executives wonder about Minnesota’s inclination to keep all three. But within the franchise, there is no question: management and owner Glen Taylor will do whatever it takes financially in order to win. “I love our core three guys, and what I love most is their work ethic, their dedication to work,” Thibodeau said. “They understand the level we need to reach, particularly defensively, and their work shows that they will work to get it right. We understand that it’s going to take some time and we need to work at it each and every day.”
“I wanted to be here,” Dieng said after Tuesday morning shootaround before tonight’s home-opener game against Memphis. “I rather take the money now or just wait and get a different offer. If I go to another team, am I go to be happy? I don’t know. To me, after over $10 million (a season), you can do whatever you want. The money wasn’t an issue. I just wanted to be happy and make sure I’m comfortable where I am… At the end of the day, it’s not all about the money.” Dieng had a conversation with Wolves owner Glen Taylor Monday afternoon that help put things perspective and helped convince Dieng to sign now rather than waiting until he became a restricted free agent next summer.
Somebody asked Dieng if his new wealth means he’s buying dinners now for his teammates. “No, I’m not doing that,” he said with a smile. “Let’s just keep using Glen’s credit card, you know. Let’s just keep using Glen’s credit card and we’ll be fine.”