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Old 07-04-2010, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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David Lee has 'great visit' with Timberwolves

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Unlike Rudy Gay, free-agent forward David Lee kept his word and visited the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. His agent says it was worth the trip.

Mark Bartelstein said his client "had a great visit" and was "really impressed" by the pitch put on by team president David Kahn, coach Kurt Rambis and the rest of the Timberwolves.

"You have to give David Kahn and Kurt a tremendous amount of credit," Bartelstein said. "They had an impressive proposal and really showed a lot of enthusiasm."

Lee spent about nine hours in the Twin Cities, catching some of the Rays-Twins game with Kahn and Rambis before grabbing an evening flight home and Bartelstein said the two would talk things over. He declined to say if the Timberwolves made an offer.

Lee averaged 20.3 points and 11.7 rebounds for the New York Knicks last seasons and has been one of the most productive players in the league over the last three seasons.

"We had a very good meeting with David Lee today," Kahn said in a statement issued by the team. "We enjoyed getting to know David and providing him an opportunity to hear our vision for our team, and his potential role with us. This was the first step in the process and we will be in contact with his representatives later this week."

If the Timberwolves are to do a deal with Lee, it likely will require a sign and trade to make it happen. Agreeing to deals with Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic has eaten a big chunk of their cap space, which means the Wolves will almost assuredly have to deal Al Jefferson and his $13 million salary to create enough room for Lee.
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Re: David Lee has 'great visit' with Timberwolves

Lee and Love seem like they would be redundant, but whatever. On the other hand, SOMEONE IS SIGNING WITH THE WOLVES?!?!?!!?
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Lee and Love seem like they would be redundant, but whatever. On the other hand, SOMEONE IS SIGNING WITH THE WOLVES?!?!?!!?
They've already signed two players, one from Europe.

Don't be completely shocked if this happens. They could also do a sign and trade sending Love, Brewer, and maybe Sessions since the Knicks cleared most of their players.
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They've already signed two players, one from Europe.

Don't be completely shocked if this happens. They could also do a sign and trade sending Love, Brewer, and maybe Sessions since the Knicks cleared most of their players.
Sorry, I should rephrase that "SOMEONE RELEVENT IS SIGNING WITH THE WOLVES?!?!?!?!" happy?
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Re: David Lee has 'great visit' with Timberwolves

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Following a productive meeting with David Lee, the Timberwolves are working to make a deal to bring aboard the free agent.

"They've got some ability to make some moves quickly so they'd have the ability to sign David," Lee's agent Mark Bartelstein said. "They have a lot of interest. Yes, I've been talking to David [Kahn] quite a bit.

"We're sorting through a bunch of stuff. Hopefully we'll have a decision in the near future."

One possibility is that the Wolves could engineer a trade of Al Jefferson's $13 million contract to a team with a non-guaranteed contract like that of Erick Dampier.

Such a move would afford Minnesota the salary-cap room it needs to sign Lee outright.

Read more: http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_ar...#ixzz0sxp5u9pA
Not sure why the Wolves have so much interest in Lee. Sure he's a good player(though a bit overrated as of right now IMO) but he and Love are very similar and since it seems that Jefferson is the one that will be shipped out(which is odd considering Love was the one that didn't get PT this year) a front court of Love and Lee is perplexing. Both are very VERY good rebounders and would be a menace in that regard. And both are very good passing big men. But neither is a defensive minded player. And they don't really compliment each other all that well. Odd. But then again it's the T'Wolves.
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Re: David Lee has 'great visit' with Timberwolves

I do like the T'Wolves but I'm pretty shocked that Lee is seriously considering going there. Glad to hear it though, hope it happens.
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Who's in charge? Every move Minnesota has made since KG leaves me confused
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Who's in charge? Every move Minnesota has made since KG leaves me confused
David Kahn, former GM/exec with Bird in Indiana. The JO, Rose era.
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