Shams Charania: Guard Jordan McLaughlin is signing a two-way deal (qualifying offer) to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. McLaughlin is betting on himself, will return to the market in 2021 free agency.
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Darren Wolfson on Jordan McLaughlin: It’s a stare off. Will the Wolves budge? Will McLaughlin budge. He’s a restricted free agent, so he doesn’t have much wiggle room. But he’s looking for a little bit more on the backside if the Wolves want to make a move after a year that he gets some financial protection.
Darren Wolfson: It looks like restricted free agent Jordan McLaughlin will eventually be back. He’s got some league-wide interest but I don’t foresee an offer sheet coming anytime.
The Timberwolves are considering bringing back one of their two-way players from last season. The Wolves and point guard Jordan McLaughlin have discussed a new contract, a source said, with the source adding those talks are ongoing.
Beasley, Hernangomez and McLaughlin are restricted free agents and Johnson has a $16 million player option. “We obviously are very, very happy with the things that we were able to see from those guys that are free agents this summer,” Ryan Saunders said. “They’ll continue to be priorities. Gersson, we work closely, and it has been a great partnership of getting guys that fit our time line, fit the system, the style of play that we want to play and guys that fit around Karl and D’Angelo.”
Jordan McLaughlin: Excited to be joining the @Timberwolves this season! Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the vision. 🙏🏽🏀 Jon Krawczynski: McLaughlin has signed a 2-way contract. Good opportunity for him on a PG-thin team after he played well in Summer League.
Jordan McLaughlin: Excited to be joining the @Timberwolves this season! Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the vision. 🙏🏽🏀
The Nets announced the signings of Jordan McLaughlin and Mitch Creek. McLaughlin comes from USC and has played the NBA Summer League with Nets. Creek comes from Adelaide 36ers.
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Ryan Saunders will remain coach of the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves, at least until he gets an opportunity to coach a stretch with star Karl-Anthony Towns in the regular lineup. “I haven’t even talked to (basketball president Gersson Rosas) about that — he hasn’t brought it up, but you’re asking me, and it’s probably hard to tell a guy that you aren’t doing the job when your best guy isn’t playing,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Saturday from his home in Mankato.
Taylor could make a popular diversity statement by naming hard-driving Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to coach the Wolves. “I kid her about that, but I’m not making any changes — I’m talking to Cheryl, and we’re trying to put a really good team together for the Lynx right now,” Taylor said. “She’s planning on coaching them. “But,” Taylor added, “she’s an interesting person, isn’t she?”
For most of a year, Taylor has explored a sale of the Wolves and Lynx. How’s that coming? “Well, it’s not coming is the best way to say it,” Taylor said. “I haven’t found anything that for sure says I should move ahead.” Taylor’s price tag for the Wolves and Lynx is estimated to be in the $1.5 billion range. With NBA expansion — Las Vegas and Seattle have been mentioned — current team owners could each be in for a reported $160 million expansion fee windfall. “Obviously I’m aware of that — you’ve got to pick your time,” Taylor said, adding that no definite decision for expansion has been made. “The other question: Is now a good time to sell when you don’t have fans? And it’s not a good time.”