Ricky Rubio said that his knee is now 100 percent healthy, and he will play for Spain in the European Championship in September.
Rubio was upset when he wasn't able to play for his country during the 2012 offseason, but he'll be able to give it a go this time around. The bigger news here is that his knee is 100 percent sound and he should enter training camp firing on all cylinders after being limited when he initially returned this year.
Flip Saunders is "expected to return" to the Timberwolves as president of basketball operations replacing David Kahn, sources told NBA.com.
Some might be surprised, but this has been brewing for far too long for it not to happen. Saunders is reportedly negotiating a contract that could run through 2017-18 and pay him over $9M during that span. The move is expected to become official as early as next week, and Kahn's option for the 2013/14 season will not be exercised. Some of Kahn's more "notable" draft picks include Jonny Flynn and Wesley Johnson, both top 10 selections.
Rick Adelman said this will be a "big" summer for Derrick Williams.
After an abysmal rookie season, Williams responded this season with averages of 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.8 triples on 43 percent shooting. Most notably, Williams improved his three-point percentage to 33.2 after struggling his inaugural season with a mark of 26.8 percent. As a starter, Williams averaged 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, so he's still got plenty to prove if he's going to remain in Minnesota for the long haul. "He's certainly shown he can do some things for us, it's just a matter of how consistently he can do it," Adelman said.
President of basketball operations David Kahn reiterated that the Timberwolves want to re-sign restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic.
Pekovic will enter the offseason as one free agent sure to draw a ton of interest, and the Wolves may have to pony up a deal worth north of $10M annually in order to keep him. Pekovic has also said that he's intent on staying with the T-Wolves, but things could change during the bidding process if a desperate team makes a big offer.
President of basketball operations David Kahn is hoping to re-sign unrestricted free agent Chase Budinger.
The Timberwolves have made it clear that they plan to target a legitimate shooting guard in the offseason, but the club also wants to keep Budinger around after he made a positive impression in limited action this season. It's unclear what kind of deal he'll be seeking, but it's worth noting the team gave up a first-round pick to acquire him before the 2012/13 season began.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is waiting to learn the status of Rick Adelman for next season before making a decision on President of basketball operations David Kahn.
Adelman has taken on an increasingly large role in the front office since he initially was hired in Minnesota, and if Adelman does indeed return, it would not be a surprise to see the team let Kahn walk out the door. Kahn's contract expires after the NBA Finals. "All I'm doing is doing my job every day," Kahn said.