Northwest Notes: Russell, George, Porter, Adams, Nuggets

Could the Timberwolves figure out a way to sign D’Angelo Russell? ESPN’s Zach Lowe hears that Minnesota will try to make a run at the Nets guard, who will be a restricted free agent unless Brooklyn renounces his rights (hat tip to RealGM). “There has been a lot of Minnesota (signing) D’Angelo Russell noise,” Lowe said. “And it’s not all Karl Towns commenting on Instagram because they’re friends. Minnesota has communicated to the league, not the NBA league, just the league at large that they believe they have a pathway to get D’Angelo Russell.”

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • The Thunder will get a better read on Paul George‘s status in late September, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports. He’s expected to miss most of the preseason after undergoing offseason surgeries to his right rotator cuff and left labrum. “He’s doing well,” GM Sam Presti said. “He’s going to make a full recovery.” Shooting guard Andre Roberson, who hasn’t played since January 2018 after suffering a serious knee injury, has been training in Texas, Horne adds.
  • Forward Michael Porter Jr. will make his Nuggets debut in the Las Vegas Summer League next month and he’s ready to go, Parth Upadhyaya of Denver Post relays. After being selected at the end of the lottery last season, Porter sat out last season to rehab from back surgery. “He’s been in the gym twice a day for a long time,” president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “He’s been fully cleared for several months.”
  • Thunder center Steven Adams won’t play for New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup this summer, according to Sportando.
  • The Nuggets did not retain assistants Mark Price and Bob Weiss, Mike Singer of the Denver Post tweets.
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11 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Russell, George, Porter, Adams, Nuggets

  1. Spike4christ

    The Nuggets are going to be Scary good. Porter maybe a Beast. Bol Bol will be a great bench Weapon as well.

    • yoyo137

      If they stay healthy, Porter Jr. and Bol Bol have some of the most upside among any young players in the league. Add that to a very young but already experienced team who were the #2 seed and were 1 game away from making the Western Conference Finals and they’re definitely the scariest team in the league based on potential. I don’t think Murray or Jokic have scratched the surface yet, crazy as that sounds.

  2. Jason Lancaster

    How the heck does Minny clear enough space for Russell? They must have found a taker for Wiggins… Chicago?

    • x%sure

      There is no path to Russell. They’re just aiming to please Towns, giving it the ol’ college try.

    • They’d have to take back bad contracts in return. Nobody absorbing that dude into space.

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