Odds & Ends: Timberwolves, Nets, Daniels

There's a chance that Minnesota could bring Hassan Whiteside into training camp, but Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 believes that it would have to be a non-guaranteed contract. Wolfson also covers a few more miscellaneous notes surrounding the Timberwolves, including the status of Nikola Pekovic, other players under consideration along with Louis Amundson, and that Chicago businessman Richard Chaifetz has been "kicking the tires" on the prospect of owning the team. Here's what else we've heard from around the league tonight:

  • Greg Payne of ESPN Boston writes that many members of the Celtics were in Los Angeles last week to participate in team scrimmages organized by Rajon Rondo, among them being newly drafted Jared Sullinger. Today, the rookie big man elaborated on that experience, briefly talking about Fab MeloKevin Garnett, and also touching on concerns about his weight.    
  • Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press says that although Ricky Rubio does not have a timetable for his return, he is aiming for a return by December or early January. The Spanish playmaker had suffered injuries to his ACL and MCL during a game against the Lakers in March, and does not want to rush anything during his rehabilitation process. 
  • Tim Bontemps of the New York Post writes that the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement could impact the Nets' ability to sign and bring their overseas draft picks (specifically Bojan Bogdanovic and Ilkan Karaman) to Brooklyn in the near future. 
  • Antonio Daniels remains undecided about his future in the D-League, telling Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside that while he wants to keep playing and possibly make an NBA comeback, he doesn't want to be taking anyone's position in the D-League either. 
  • Earlier, Chris Thomasson of FOX Sports Florida reported that David Falk, the agent of Juwan Howard, was optimistic about trying to get a deal done between his client and the Heat. Falk also asserted that the 18-year-veteran strongly prefers Miami and is not considering retirement. However, with the Heat roster now at the maximum of 20, it will be interesting to see where Howard's camp goes from here. 
  • According to an ESPN report via the Associated Press, the NBA is coming to terms on procedures that would penalize players for flopping. League spokesman Tim Frank says that the NBA's competition committee has engaged in discussions to implement this plan during the upcoming season. 


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