The Minnesota Timberwolves may be working in subterranean free agency. Kevin Love offers and deals must take up most of their waking hours — but not all of it. Young star Evan Turner may be on their radar. A source told 1500espn.com that the Wolves are targeting the former Sixers and Pacers shooting guard.
After exploding on a haphazard Sixers team that seemed to play more backyard ball than they did an actual, strategic offense, the Pacers nabbed what seemed to be a promising former no. 2 overall selection. The structure of the Pacers’ offense seemed too much for Turner, however. He became an unrestricted free agent after the Pacers didn’t extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer.
The Timberwolves must see something in Turner that they like, as 1500espn.com reports that he is “a priority” free agent — which, frankly, is a little sad considering the talent in this year’s free agency. They can do better, or at the very least they should try.
He does fit a niche in the Wolves’ plans. He will require only an inexpensive one-year deal. Their only known competition is the Cavaliers, who have a bit more important things on their mind at this moment.
Via Darren Wolfon of 1500 ESPN:
The Wolves have also expressed interest in free agents Kris Humphries, Trevor Booker, Steve Blake, and did so with Shaun Livingston before he signed a 3-year deal with Golden State, according to sources.
Needless to say, if the Cavaliers don’t sign LeBron and the Timberwolves can’t get a good deal for Love, Evan Tuner is not much of a consolation prize.