Northwest Notes: Finch, Horford, Jerome, Lindsey

Taking over in midstream puts new Timberwolves coach Chris Finch in a difficult spot, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic writes. Not only does he have to forge relationships with his players on the fly, Finch doesn’t have two of his best players available. Malik Beasley is serving a 12-game, league-imposed suspension and D’Angelo Russell is sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. The fact that the front office passed over assistant David Vanterpool to hire Finch away from the Raptors adds to the awkwardness of the situation.

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • Thunder big man Al Horford is well aware that he could be dealt again to a contender, as he told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. Horford’s contract runs through the 2022/23 season, though the final year is only partially guaranteed. “I think anything is possible,” Horford said of getting moved again. “But I’m not going to dwell on [any trade talk] too much.” Oklahoma City is in no hurry to deal Horford and sees value in keeping the veteran around, Mannix adds.
  • The Thunder recalled guard Ty Jerome from the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue, according to a team press release. Oklahoma City needed more depth in the backcourt due to a groin injury that will keep Hamidou Diallo sidelined through the weekend, coach Mark Daigneault said, per The Oklahoman’s Joe Mussatto (Twitter link). Jerome, a 2019 first-rounder, made an immediate impact, contributing nine points and seven assists in 22 minutes during the team’s victory over Atlanta on Friday.
  • Former Jazz forward Elijah Millsap has expressed doubt about an NBA investigation concerning his allegation that executive Dennis Lindsey made a racially-charged comment to him during an end-of-season meeting in 2015, Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press reports. Millsap said Friday that he has not yet heard from any investigators and wonders if it will be carried out fairly. “I don’t feel he is a racist, but I do know what he said to me,” Millsap said. The investigation will include the sharing of detailed notes taken in the April 2015 meeting that was attended by Millsap and three Jazz officials, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Lindsey has denied the allegation.
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8 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Finch, Horford, Jerome, Lindsey

  1. Sillivan

    If you don’t have head coaching experience, you take the job like following to win championships as a rookie coach
    Kerr join Warriors
    Lue join Cavs
    Nurse join Raptors
    Or Nash join Nets

    You don’t take Wolves Rockets or Kings jobs and expect the big thing

    I mean
    If possible

    • Steven St Croix

      You are showing why you can’t/don’t work in the NBA. Houston has one of the best records in the past 10 years and have draft capital to turn it around quick. Their owner gets a lot of heat, rightfully so, for wanting to be cheap, but he wants to win more. Read about an organization from somewhere other than the comments sections and you would know that. Maybe you should start over with a new screen name.

    • cadagan

      If possible, join a team with superstars in their prime.
      That summarizes what I think you said.

  2. x%sure

    Mannix accidently reports on the NBA’s ageist environment. Why should anyone ask for Horford to go away and donate his minutes? (And second string is Mike Muscala.). Horford has the second-best PER on the team and is a fine leader with a successful history on a young team that aspires to be more than a wandering bunch of kids.

    Horford would improve many contenders, but there would be an acquisition cost. Why would OKC buy him out?

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    If Horford only has 14 mill guaranteed In his final yr. Means a trade is more accessible. Celtics should just go for it. He fits their team and makes them better. A Title run or three is not worth that money. Stop being cheap.

  4. Benboy

    What Elijah Millsap should’ve done is asked for an apology right then and there. I know that’s not easy, but not doing that opens up the door for carrying a grudge. Bringing it up now just seems odd, to say the least. Maybe he’s become vindictive and trying to throw off the team’s rhythm? Is money related now that the team has a deep pocket owner? Doesn’t look good to wait this long. If you say he’s not a racist then why make him look like one? Perhaps he said something else and misheard him?

    That being said, even if Lindsay doesn’t remember saying it, he should should just apologize if he made Elijah feel like he did, made him feel uncomfortable, or something to that effect. Maybe take him to lunch and talk it out.

    Regardless of what happened, the fact that the media are involved means it’s going to be blown away out of proportion. Media you make it much harder for people to make apologies and make up for their mistakes. You don’t have to be vultures.

  5. Elijah Millsap has zero credibility. Who makes a 6 year old accusation? ZERO CREDIBILITY.

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