Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors
EuroLeague MVP Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday exercised an option in his contract with his Turkish team that allows him to leave for the NBA and clears the way for the Timberwolves to sign a player they drafted in the second round five years ago.: 1 more rumor
Bjelica exercised his reported $1.3 million “out” clause — partly paid by the Wolves — just hours after his contract expired with the Fenerbahce Ulker team in Istanbul. He did so on the same day NBA teams collectively and astoundingly threw money by the hundreds of millions at free agents — everyone from three-time All-Star Kevin Love staying in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler headed to Phoenix to role players such as Al Farouq Aminu and Amir Johnson changing teams — in a flurry of deals during the opening hours of free agency.
Bjelica probably won’t play with the Wolves’ summer-league team that begins practices Monday and will play a free 7 p.m. public scrimmage Wednesday at Target Center. Andrew Wiggins, Towns, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, Dieng and first-round pick Tyus Jones all are expected to play in the scrimmage, although Wiggins is not expected to play with the team when it begins Las Vegas Summer League play July 10 against D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bjelica is a unique case and his passing ability makes him a great fit for the triangle offense. That’s probably why the Knicks are really interested on him and they seem willing to offer him a better deal than the one he alreadt has on the table from Minessota. It remains to be seen what Minessota will decide, since the Timberwolves also want the Serbian Forward and Euroleague MVP of the season on their roster for next season. What’s also evident – for quite some time – is that Fenerbahce is losing him and the Turkish club is already searching for the player who will replace him.
The Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker overnight announced that Euroleague MVP Nemaja Bjelica has exercised an opt clause in his contract to leave for the NBA,
The Bulls also began casting a wide net to add a veteran guard. Rodney Stuckey, Gary Neal, Mo Williams, JJ Barea and Jeremy Lin are just some on the Bulls’ list, sources said.
Darren Wolfson: Back story on Demetris Nichols, Euroleague 3-pt sniper: agent emailed all teams. #Twolves saw & have inquired, like many. Nothing more yet.
Darren Wolfson: I’m told no QO for Justin Hamilton. So he is now an unrestricted free agent. #twolves
Nemanja Bjelica is ready to make the jump to the NBA, Minessota has his rights, but the New York Knicks are pursuing him and hope to get him via a sign and trade deal. According to Eurohoops sources, the Euroleague MVP has already decided to continue his career in the NBA. He has to sign his new contract until the 10th of July, the date his opt out clause in the contract with Fenerbahce/ Ulker expires. Bjelica has been in contact for a long time with the Timberwolves, however now the Knicks entered the picture.: 1 more rumor
Eric Pincus: The Minnesota Timberwolves have given Robbie Hummel a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent @BBallInsiders
Darren Wolfson: Chicago is one team interested in Gary Neal. Some other Eastern Conf. playoff teams too. … Quiet FA for #Twolves. Bjelica the headline.
The Wolves are expected to sign Garnett for a 21st NBA season sometime after July 8 and before training camp begins in October. Garnett made $12 million last season. An educated guess at a new deal: As much as $8 million a year, perhaps on a two-year deal that includes an out-clause after the first season for each side. Saunders would like to bring utilitarian and cost-efficient forward Robbie Hummel back as well. Saunders won’t discuss Garnett specifics because, per league rules, no NBA team can talk contract with Garnett or any free agent until 11 p.m. Tuesday. But he also speaks as if Garnett’s presence in the coming season is a certainty. “Listen, he wanted to come back to Minnesota; I think that’s an indication of where his heart is,” Saunders said. “That’s all I’ll say.”: 1 more rumor
Amin Elhassan: Saunders: I think we will bring Bjelica over, he’s given every indication he wants to come to the NBA. Has ability to play SF/PF @espnradio
Although it hasn’t been announced, pending free agent Kevin Garnett definitely will re-sign with the Wolves, and Saunders definitely will return as coach.: 1 more rumor
Andy Greder: Andrew Wiggins is having new Adidas shoe designed to include white maple leaf silhouttes to honor Canadian roots, @Charley_Walters wrote.
Do you get tired of people talking about your jumper? Ricky Rubio: I was. I was at one point. But like I say, I learned how to not get everything too personal. I know I have to work on my jump shot, and I’m doing it. It’s not that I’m not aware of it. I know, but it’s not easy. If it were to be easy, a lot of players would be playing in this league, you know. I have a lot of gifts, I know how to be a point guard. And know I have to learn other stuff. So it’s a process. It’s not going to be easy. And maybe I’m never going to get it, but I’m going to try. I’m going to try hard every day and nobody can tell me that I’m not working hard because I know that I have to work on that.
I don’t know if you have an exact number, but how many shots do you get up when you’re healthy? Ricky Rubio: I shoot a lot. But at the same time, I thought that I was getting a lot of repetitions at one point and even doing a lot of repetitions didn’t help me. And at one point it’s more about quality than quantity. Still you’ve got to shoot a lot but at one point it’s no more about the time you put in, it’s the quality of the time you put in. So I’m trying to learn every single practice. I’ve been working this past year with [Wolves shooting coach] Mike Penberthy and I really like the way he works. I really improved my shot the last year. I couldn’t show it because I was hurt, but my jump shot was feeling good. And I feel pretty confident that working ahead with him is going to really help me.
What’s the difference between the Ricky Rubio who came into the NBA and you now? I grew up a lot. I’m still the same kid, I would say, with the same energy and the same — I would say there’s something inside of me that wants to learn every day. At the end of the day, I learn how to take advantage of every situation. I’m more smart, more experienced. I know how tough this league is. When I came to the league, I actually didn’t have any bad years. And coming here with injuries and all the stuff made me realize how tough it is. And I appreciate it even more. But at the end of the day I’m still that kid that came into the league, where everything was overwhelming. You know, like it was amazing. Still, it is. I still want to be the best I can. I work hard to be the guy I want to be. I’m enjoying every single moment.
Darren Wolfson: Brady Heslip in for #Twolves summer league, I hear. One of the best shooters around, IMO. Like to see him stick w/ shooting still a need.
Euroleague star Nemanja Bjelica is in serious discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves on an approximate three-year, $12 million-plus deal, but the two sides have been exploring all options, league sources told RealGM.
Flip addressing the media: “Outside of Kevin Garnett in ’95, Towns had the most impressive workout I’ve seen.”
Michael Schramm: Can you see Flip adding a FA NBA vet Jon? Or is Flip done adding players? And just needs to move some guys. Jon Krawczynski: Flip said free agency probably be pretty quiet.