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T-Wolves Rumors: Batum, Crawford, Gasol, Hill

The Timberwolves are off to an aggressive start in free agency, having reportedly made a "serious offer" to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. According to Yannis Koutroupis of HoopsWorld, sources believe the Trail Blazers' willingness to match a big offer for Batum will depend on whether they're able to land Roy Hibbert. Here are a few more updates on the T-Wolves' targets in free agency and trades:

  • Chris Haynes of updates an earlier story to say that Batum has narrowed his options to the Blazers, with whom he's meeting later this week, and the Wolves, and has postponed visits to other teams.

Earlier updates:

  • Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld has more on the Timberwolves' interest in Pau Gasol (mentioned below). According to Ingram, an offer that includes Derrick Williams and perhaps Wesley Johnson and other pieces is very much there for the Lakers' taking. If they enter three-team trade discussions involving Gasol, the Wolves would like to move Luke Ridnour as part of the deal.
  • If the T-Wolves miss out on Batum, they're hoping Jamal Crawford is still available. They don't expect to target O.J. Mayo, however.
  • The Wolves are "keeping a close eye" on Pau Gasol, and are willing to help facilitate a bigger Lakers deal if it meant Minnesota could land Gasol. So far, the Wolves' effort to trade for Gasol directly have been unfruitful. 
  • Jordan Hill is in Minnesota today to meet with the Timberwolves. The Wolves are one of a handful of teams that have expressed interest in the free agent forward.



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5 thoughts on “T-Wolves Rumors: Batum, Crawford, Gasol, Hill

  1. $1529282

    They damn well better not move Ridnour. Fantastic backup guard who can hit his shots, is lights out at the free throw line, and is underrated on a yearly basis.

    • RFsnapple

      Agreed. I’d rather see Barea go.

      • $1529282

        Amen. Barea’s out of control circus shots and passes wore thin in a SHORT season. I can’t imagine watching him for another three years.

        I suppose with Rubio healthy he wouldn’t be counted on to run the offense as much, but it got downright painful at times.

  2. Mr_Bill_of_Rights

    Trade Pau and Blake or Eyenga for Williams and Beasly

  3. Ballinplaya95

    Pau for Beasley, Williams and Johnson/Randolph

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