August 11, 2022 | 7:20 pm EDT Update
There is a growing belief among rival teams that Durant knew when he issued that me-or-them ultimatum that Tsai had no intention of yielding to the request and firing Marks and Nash. One resultant theory that the Durant/Tsai meeting spawned is the idea KD has begun trying to manufacture as much behind-the-scenes discord as he can in hopes that it will lead the Nets to lower their asking price and trade him out of exasperation.
Appearing on The Scoop podcast with Darren Wolfson of SKOR North and 5 Eyewitness News, Glen Taylor said new Wolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly had his eye on multiple impact trade targets, but Gobert was his â€śnumber one option.â€ť The input of head coach Chris Finch, who expressed confidence in his ability to use Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, was also a key factor in Minnesotaâ€™s decision to pull the trigger on the blockbuster deal. â€śWhat I did when Tim and Chris talked to me about this trade is to ask (Finch) is there a system that he knows how to utilize these players,â€ť Taylor said. â€śAnd he was very confident that he did understand how to utilize their skill sets, being two big guys. We talked about a lot, so he convinced me that this is something that is going to take us to a winning situation, and gave us the go-ahead to make the trade.â€ť
Asked if heâ€™d like to see Dâ€™Angelo Russell sign an extension before the season begins, Taylor said it might benefit both sides to hold off and see how the 2022/23 season goes. â€ś(Finch) believes that with the new lineup, and with Russell in that lineup, that heâ€™ll have a much better year just because of the way weâ€™re going to play,â€ť Taylor said. â€śHe says he thinks thereâ€™s a big upside for Russell with this group of (players). Thatâ€™s to his advantage and to our advantage if it works out.â€ť
The plan remains for Taylor to hand over control of the franchise to incoming owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez in a little over a year. The Wolvesâ€™ longtime owner said heâ€™s not having any regrets about giving up control of the team as it becomes a more legitimate contender. â€śNo, I donâ€™t have any second thoughts. I think itâ€™s the right thing to do,â€ť Taylor said. â€śWeâ€™ve left some options open that Iâ€™ll continue to be involved if I want to be involved, and that suits me just fine.â€ť
â€śMy favorite NBA player to watch besides Steph is Luka,â€ť Green said on the latest edition of his eponymous podcast. â€śLuka different. I mean, the way he sees the floor, scores the basketball, gets to his spot, his pace. Itâ€™s Luka for sure.â€ť
August 11, 2022 | 5:46 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be gathering in Los Angeles for voluntary, player-led pre-training camp workouts next week, sources tell cleveland.com. All-Star point guard Darius Garland and Rookie of the Year runner-up Evan Mobley — two guys who spend time on the West Coast during the offseason — are helping organize the workouts.