Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors
Jon Krawczynski: To be clear: Said Wolves are exploring Kyrie trades w/incredible seriousness. Still don’t know if they would part w/Wiggins to do it.
Alex Kennedy: .@APkrawczynski reports Wolves are seriously exploring Kyrie Irving deals. Here’s Jamal Crawford discussing Kyrie’s interest in Minnesota: Jamal Crawford on Kyrie Irving being interested in Minnesota: “I think it’s great. I think now, and in the future, it’ll continue to be a destination that guys want to come to. They have a great fan base. When I was there last week, you could just feel the electricity. You can see how excited they are, how hungry they are, to have a really good basketball team. I think it’s a great place to play. Players want to go play with other great players and they want to be a part of something that’s bigger than themselves. To see [the Wolves] linked to a guy like Kyrie Irving, a player of his stature, is cool. It shows that other people think we’re going to be good. It’s sort of validating; I saw the same thing and that’s why I want to be here…. I’ve known Kyrie a long time.”
But when Jimmy Butler took a shot at his friend Kyrie Irving in Malibu this week, we’re guessing it’s all in good fun. With all the Kyrie rumors going around, we asked Jimmy Buckets if he wanted Irving to join him in Minnesota. Jimmy’s response: “I don’t even know who that is.”
I know you wanted to stay with the Clippers after you re-signed with them on a three-year deal last summer, so what was it like when you found out you’d been traded and did the move surprise you? Jamal Crawford: Yeah, absolutely. And if you go back even before my trade, the whole trade involving Chris Paul caught me off guard too. I was digesting everything and realizing, “I’m not going to play with Chris again.” Chris is one the main reasons why I went to the Clippers and I was there five years with the guy; then, all of a sudden, he’s not coming back. And then J.J. [Redick] wasn’t coming back either. At that point, I was still a Clipper and just digesting everything. I was thinking, “Man, this year is going to be different.” That was before I knew that I might possibly be traded, I was just thinking things would be really different because Chris and J.J. were gone. Then, I went to L.A. for a couple-day span to try to get Blake [Griffin] to re-sign and we successfully pulled that off. Then, two days later, I started hearing rumblings about a trade. It was just so much to digest and it all moved so, so fast. I was shocked because I hadn’t heard anything about me potentially getting traded.