Darren Wolfson: No traction yet for the #Twolves on the trade front. Teague and Dieng are tough contracts to move, and even Taj’s big expiring number offers roadblocks. There’s enough interest in Tolliver that I’d hope they can find a match in the next 6 1/2 hours.
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The Timberwolves have also gauged the trade market again on Gorgui Dieng, league sources told The Athletic. Earlier this season, Minnesota attempted to attach him in Jimmy Butler trade talks as well.
Dane Moore: Not only would the roster be frail this yr but it would have taken NUMEROUS future assets to have cleared $19M. In this salary cap environment, multiple league execs told me it would have taken “two 1sts” to move Gorgui Dieng’s contract (only $16M of $19M needed). Gorgui Dieng: Keep my name out of your mouth. You always talk about me. If you want this money suit up then.
Drafted 21st overall and acquired in a trade by Flip Saunders on Draft Night 2013, Gorgui Dieng is the longest-tenured player on the 2018-19 Minnesota Timberwolves roster. He is also the most likely player on the roster not named Jimmy Butler to be traded in the coming days, according to league sources.
The Wolves would like to dump Gorgui Dieng in any Butler deal, league sources say. Dieng is a backup set to earn $48 million over the next three seasons.
Darren Wolfson: Text from an Eastern Conference GM: “Annual reminder: Lots of lies going down right now.” Also said Dieng is the guy they’d move, but nobody will take his contract. Outside of maybe Shabazz, not sure I see the #Twolves doing anything trade-wise. #AllEyesNorth
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Brad Townsend: League source’s texted reply when asked if Horford-Mavs reports are accurate: “Not really.” No elaboration or reply, as of yet, to follow-up. Interpret as you will.
Eric Woodyard: Donovan Mitchell to @usatodaysports on Mike Conley trade: “He’s a great player. He’s very underrated in my opinion. He does a lot of getting into the lane and being able to find guys and also I can learn a lot from him so as far as being a point guard.”
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Vivek Jacob: Nick Nurse on potential White House visit: “We’re here, let’s visit Trudeau. We’re Canada’s team.” Said that plans are already in the works for the visit to Parliament Hill. Haven’t heard from the White House.
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With the New Orleans Pelicans poised to use the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick to select Duke phenom Zion Williamson, one Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen location in New Orleans will wheel out a gigantic chicken tray dubbed the “wingspan box.”