Northwest Notes: Wolves, Combine, Singler, Jazz

The Northwest division is no longer represented in the playoffs following Utah’s elimination earlier this week, but Northwest teams will face plenty of key decisions this offseason as they look to improve their rosters. Here’s the latest out of the division…

  • The Timberwolves are formally interviewing a number of prospects this week at the draft combine in Chicago, including Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo and UNC’s Justin Jackson, per Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News (Twitter links). Minnesota is in line for the No. 6 pick heading into the lottery — Adebayo and Jackson aren’t expected to be selected that high, but the team is doing its due diligence.
  • Kyle Singler has two more fully guaranteed years left on his contract with the Thunder, but his future with the franchise remains unclear, writes Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman. As Dawson notes, Singler was virtually non-existent for Oklahoma City this past season, and will be a candidate to be traded or waived.
  • If the Jazz were to re-sign key free agents like Gordon Hayward, George Hill, and Joe Ingles, they’d likely remain a top-four team in the Western Conference going forward, says Brad Rock of The Deseret News. However, given how quickly the club was dispatched by the Warriors, Rock believes it will take more than standing pat for Utah to move toward legit title contention.
  • With Hill and Shelvin Mack facing free agency and Dante Exum and Raul Neto entering the final year of their respective contracts, the Jazz will face some tough decisions at the point guard position this summer, as Mike Sorensen of The Deseret News details.
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