The Minnesota Timberwolves President Of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders is in Los Angeles looking to sign a shooting guard to fill a potential hole on their roster. He has about $7 million to play with.
Shooting guards that live in Los Angeles include J.J. Redick, Kevin Martin, Mike Dunleavy and O.J. Mayo.
The Minnesota Timberwolves originally drafted O.J. Mayo but sent him to the Memphis Grizzlies in a draft day deal for Kevin Love.
But the trip to southern California could serve additional purposes for Flip Saunders.
According to the Star-Tribune:
“Wolves unrestricted free agent Chase Budinger — who along with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic is one of the team’s top two priorities, according to Saunders — also lives just down the freeway in San Diego.”
“The Wolves will have to agree to and finalize a contract with a free agent from another team before they can re-sign Pekovic and Budinger on or after July 10. They can exceed the league’s salary cap — $58 million last season — and push their payroll right up to the luxury tax ($70.3 million last season) by signing each because both are their own players.”
Any deal with free agents cannot be officially signed until July 10th, essentially making any deals that are struck verbal agreements.