J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour will "likely" be traded by the night of the draft.
The Timberwolves have too many point guards on the roster, and although that was previously a staple of the team under David Kahn, he no longer works for Minnesota. Now under Flip Saunders, the team will look to have a better balance. Ridnour is only signed through the 2013/14 season, so he may be an easier sell to interested teams as an expiring deal.
Contrary to an earlier report, Flip Saunders and Nikola Pekovic did not wind up meeting in Europe.
Don't read too far into it. "It was just one of those things that didn't work out," Saunders said. The Timberwolves have made no secret that bringing back Pekovic is a priority, but it may be a situation where the team allows another interested suitor to set the market before matching an offer sheet. Saunders has met with Pekovic's agent, but Pekovic and Saunders aren't going to meet before July 1.
Alexey Shved will not play in summer league but he will play at Eurobasket for Russia.
Shved's production really dipped off toward the end of the season, but he's going to be an important piece in Minnesota's rotation. It's not clear if the team plans to use him at both point guard and shooting guard next season, but they'll expect him to take the next step in his sophomore season.
Rick Adelman is expected to return to the Timberwolves as head coach next season, according to NBA.com
It's not the first report that has indicated Adelman is going to return, and at this point it would be a major surprise if he didn't come back. Adelman had previously contemplated retirement due to his wife's health, but she's doing better and Flip Saunders expects to have Adelman in the fold. "We've talked every day, every other day," Saunders said.
Serbian SF Nemanja Bjelica wants to exhaust the possibility of joining the NBA before signing with a European team this summer.
A rumor out of Russia last week suggested that the Wolves had made an offer to Bjelica, but there is nothing to support that idea. In fact, beat writer Jerry Zgoda has "heard nothing to indicate Flip [Saunders] thinks [Bjelica] or any Euro prospect is NBA ready next season."
The Wolves have fully guaranteed Chris Johnson's minimum-salary contract for 2013-14.
Johnson was signed out of the D-League for emergency frontcourt depth in January, and his early guarantee could influence Minny's decision on Greg Stiemsma's $2.7 million team option. Rick Adelman praised Johnson's quickness and athleticism, but he reiterated that Johnson (6'11", 210 lbs.) needs to get stronger.
Dante Cunningham, who has a team option for next season in his contract, is "close to a lock" to return to the Timberwolves next season.
Cunningham showed the ability to play multiple positions and do whatever the team asked of him last season, so we'd be shocked if Minnesota decided to cut bait and move on. He's a capable backup big man on a very reasonable deal, so there isn't much incentive for the team to part ways with Cunningham.