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Wolves Notes: Exceptions, Deadline, Payne

The Wolves had a few options regarding trade exceptions and their pair of swaps today. It’s likely that they created an exception worth Troy Daniels‘ $816,482 salary, and they had to have dipped into either their $6,308,194 exception left over from the Kevin Love trade or their $4,702,500 exception from the Corey Brewer trade. It’s unclear whether they absorbed Gary Neal‘s $3.25MM salary into one of those exceptions and created a new exception worth Mo Williams‘ $3.75MM salary, or simply matched salaries for Neal and Williams, creating a $500K exception. If they made an exception worth Williams’ full salary, they could have used that to absorb Adreian Payne‘s $1,855,320 rookie scale salary, but if they only made an exception worth $500K in the Williams trade, they would have had to take Payne into either the Love exception or Brewer exception.

Here’s more on the Wolves in the aftermath of their busy day:

  • President of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders said he doesn’t expect to be active again between now and the trade deadline, as he told reporters, including Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter link). Thaddeus Young, Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger have all been in trade rumors of late.
  • Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press reiterated that he still doesn’t believe the team will move Martin (Twitter link), adding that he doesn’t think it’s likely the team will add a point guard, either.
  • Saunders also told reporters that he found it a tough choice between Zach LaVine and Payne when the Timberwolves drafted at No. 13 overall this past June, as the Wolves’ Twitter account notes. The team now has both after drafting LaVine and trading for Payne.
  • Although losing more games to get better odds in the 2015 lottery seems like the team’s best route, winning some games might be in the Wolves’ best interest, opines Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. Scoggins cites the need to show the fan base that the franchise is building toward something as reason not to pursue a tanking strategy. Minnesota won three games in a row before Monday’s loss to the Hawks.

Chris Crouse contributed to this post.

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