In moves that don't matter: The T'Wolves cut Lorenzo Brown (NC State, Flip's second-round pick this year) and also Othysus Jeffers (who actually played pretty well in the action I saw). If you'll remember, Lorenzo Brown left school as a Junior.
I was in favor of hanging on to him as the 15th guy because of his size. He's 6'5", only just turned 23. The Timberwolves are going to need a backup PG for the future that can check in during certain situations where Ricky Rubio needs a breather. Lorenzo is completely unrefined, but why not keep him around and hope through some proper direction and repetition he can carve out a spot? Oh, well.
I mean, nothing to really care about. Especially nothing worth actually writing that paragraph I just typed above.
Snippet from an ESPN article published on March 28th of this year:
Gottfried says he spoke with representatives of about 15 to 20 NBA teams and believes that Brown can be a first-round pick. He pointed out that Brown has only played the point for the past two years after bouncing between the point and the off-guard positions during his freshman year under Sidney Lowe.
"I think guys like the fact that they would potentially get a player that's kind of on the front end of all the growth that may happen for him," Gottfried said. "I know there's a lot of teams that like him a lot. ... I think he's going to have a good future."
The lines between read like he received some bad advice.
Random: Lorenzo Brown's coach his freshmen year was Sidney Lowe, who played for the Timberwolves in 1990, was the Timberwolves head coach from early 1993 through the 93-94 season, AND a Timberwolves assistant coach from 1991-1993, 1999-00, and 2003-2005.
Don't look now, but Sidney Lowe is an assistant for the Utah Jazz right now. Trey Burke is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, and the other options are John Lucas III and the guy-who-I-think-we-all-want-to-be-good Scott Machado. That spot is in flux right now.
I'm not predicting that they'll sign Lorenzo because a vet would be a more stable option, but for a team silently trying to lose, don't ignore that connection.
ANYWAY. The waiving of Lorenzo Brown and Othysus Jeffers (who I'm just glad I don't have try to spell the name of anymore) leaves the one, final spot open on the roster. It'll be between Chris Johnson, Robbie Hummel, or A.J. Price. Johnson is guaranteed $916,000 this year, which David Kahn got in writing DAYS before he was fired. Seems jaded, no? I mean, any basketball executive wouldn't intentionally make bad moves because there's always a chance of that next job, but how about a guy like David Kahn, who is fully aware his name has been dragged through the mud by everyone in the national media to the point where there is absolutely no coming back.
I could see his arrogant *** trying to put the franchise in a bad spot if he knew what was coming.
Ultimately, I think Glen Taylor buys out Chris Johnson's ridiculous contract (especially with the Ronny Turiaf signing), and they go with Robbie Hummel as the last man.
It'd be a nice story, if nothing else.