Northwest Notes: Beasley, McCollum, Connelly, Farnam

The Timberwolves’ ceiling on retaining Malik Beasley could go into the range of $18MM annually, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune opines. Offering Beasley, a restricted free agent, an annual salary of $15-16MM seems like a fair price, Hine continues. Jerami Grant‘s three-year, $27MM contract with Denver might be the upper limit for another of Minnesota’s restricted free agents, Juan Hernangomez, Hine adds.

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum remains optimistic the season will resume, he told Casey Holdahl of the team’s website. “I think we’re in a good place and I think the NBA has been at the front of the line in terms of making decisions that are health-based and not based on finances,” he said. “I think as long as we continue to follow those guidelines, we’ll be in a great spot to return at some point. Whenever that is, I know they won’t rush it, I know they’ll make sure everything is in place the way it should be.”
  • Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said the suspension of play has accelerated the timeline for offseason preparations, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post“The bulk of your energy is spent toward the draft, but you also have an eye on the offseason, free agency, any potential trades,” Connelly said. “There’s no shortage of video. We’re going to have a pick at No. 21 (from Houston), so you’re going to have to know a lot of players and know them as well as you possibly can.”
  • The Timberwolves’ longtime trainer, Gregg Farnam, has tried to remain a calming presence during the pandemic, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic writes. “I’ve learned to remain calm and just kind of be able to evaluate what’s going on, dig through the process and provide the best information and care we can to the athlete,” Farnam said. “Let’s try not to get too excited because it seems like everybody else is very excitable, so I think that’s a good trait to have in my situation.”
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4 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Beasley, McCollum, Connelly, Farnam

  1. Simmons>Russ

    As soon as Beasley got traded I said he would be a starter and would play at a level that makes his value soar. He went from about 12-18 mil in the space of about 15 games if that.

    Big Portland and Big Sixers fan.
    Radical Trade idea cause I’m stuck at home cause of Covid19.
    How about Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid for C.J. McCollum, Zach Collins and 3 first round picks.

    Portland get a top 3, 1-2 punch with Dame Lillard and Joel Embiid which pig Portland back into a playoff lock. Richardson is a nice complementary guard next to Lillard cause of his defence and ability to help play make. A playing group of Lillard JRich Ariza Melo and Embid with Simons Hood Scott and Swanigan off the bench is nice.
    They can use Hassan Whiteside 28mil expiring deal to bring in some more depth if they need it.

    Sixers get a backcourt shooter to pair with Simmons. McCollum is also a great ball handler and work really hard off the ball cutting and running around picks to get free. Horford moves into centre, Harris to PF which opens up SF for Korkmaz, Thybulle, or Glen Robinson. Off the bench Zach Collins is a young big that can play PF and C that also doesn’t clog the lane. Plus they get themselves three first round picks to continue building for the future

    • El Don

      No mon! When you have a big like Embiid, you can never, ever, ever trade him!

      • DVail1979

        Im with you … id keep Embiid with one caveat if im Philly … if there was a way to get Whiteside in the deal and extend him then id consider it

  2. DVail1979

    Id dare say Beasley gives the Wolves their own big 3 to build around with Towns and Russell

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