Northwest Notes: Wolves, Bledsoe, Barea

Yesterday, University of Texas quarterback David Ash announced that he will give up football after dealing with concussion symptoms throughout his time in Austin. Thunder star Kevin Durant, who spent a season at UT, took to Twitter to send Ash a supportive message. “Thank you David Ash, you gave your all to the University of Texas. I respect your decision and good luck in the future my brother,” Durant wrote.  Here’s today’s look at Durant’s rivals in the Northwest Division..

  • Even after the completion of the Kevin Love trade, the Wolves have talked with the Suns about a deal for Eric Bledsoe, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter).  However, there’s no real match there between the two teams.  Bledsoe has been offered a four-year, $48MM deal from the Suns and while there’s currently a stalemate, the Suns may be willing to sweeten that proposal if talks open up again.
  • More from Wolfson (link) who is asked by a reader if the Wolves are getting interest in J.J. Barea.  No bites yet, he says, as other teams would want another piece in a trade.  There’s nothing imminent on that front and the Wolves will wait to see if another team loses a guard to injury in preseason.
  • Wolves GM Milt Newton says that he’s hopeful that he can hammer out a new deal with Ricky Rubio, tweets Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press.  “I feel optimistic. Knowing Ricky the person, he wants to be here. Now we just have to deal with his agent,” Milton said.
  • In their preview of the Trail Blazers, HoopsHype expresses concern over the state of Portland’s bench.  With sixth man Mo Williams gone, few of the remaining reserves can be trusted to give the team much, in their view.  They have the Blazers finishing second in the Northwest Division and fifth in the Western Conference.

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