Lakers anticipate signing D’Angelo Russell in time for Summer League debut vs. Timberwolves


The Lakers open Summer League action in Las Vegas on Friday with a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns.

They expect to have the second overall pick, D’Angelo Russell, signed to a contract and in uniform in time to participate.

Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:

Lakers anticipate D’Angelo Russell will be signed in time to play in Summer League opener, Fri vs. Minnesota. Randle missed opener last year

The amount of a rookie scale deal is, for the most part, already set. Russell, for example, will make at least $4,108,800 in his first NBA season, but will likely sign for 120% of that number, as is often customary for the league’s top lottery picks.

Julius Randle’s deal was held up last summer because of the Lakers needing to preserve as much salary cap space as possible in case one or more of the marquee free agents agreed to sign. They didn’t, and once that was settled, Randle inked his deal 20 minutes or so before L.A.’s second Summer League contest.

Thankfully for the Lakers, there doesn’t appear to be a similar situation brewing with Russell this year.

Report: Kevin Garnett to re-sign with Timberwolves


Kevin Garnett spent the first 12 years of his NBA career in Minnesota with the Timberwolves, and was traded back there in what was mostly a feel-good move by the franchise at the deadline last season.

Garnett appeared in just five games in total for the Timberwolves, and sat out the team’s final 21 games of the regular season.

He was always expected back, though, and met with several players as part of Minnesota’s pre-draft process. Garnett’s return now appears to be somewhat official.

From 1500ESPN:

Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett’s contract is “done,” according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

“I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett said, in a statement passed along to Wolfson.

Marc Stein of reports that it’ll be a two-year deal once the free agency moratorium is lifted later this week.

Garnett will likely act as a mentor for the team’s stable of young bigs, which includes a reigning Rookie of the Year in Andrew Wiggins, a former No. 1 overall pick in Anthony Bennett, and this summer’s top pick in the NBA Draft, Karl-Anthony Towns.

This will be Garnett’s 21st season, which ties him with Robert Parish and Kevin Willis for the most all-time in NBA history.

Jahlil Okafor finishes with 20 points, 10 rebounds in Summer League debut for Sixers (VIDEO)


Jahlil Okafor fell to the Sixers on draft night after the Lakers selected D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick.

But in his first taste of Summer League action, Okafor seemed like anything but a consolation prize.

The big man showed off a variety of skills on the offensive end of the floor, and though he shot just 10-of-22 from the field, he finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and looked NBA-ready at times while doing so.

Report: Timberwolves sign Euroleague star Nemanja Bjelica to three-year, $11.7 million contract


Nemanja Bjelica has been a sleeper for five years.

Now, after a little negotiating, the Timberwolves will see just what the No. 35 pick in the 2010 draft can do. They are bringing him over to the USA.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Euroleague star forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $11.7 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Timberwolves are paying an additional $625,000 – the most allowable contribution – for his buyout clause in Europe, sources said.

Bjelica fits in with the NBA trend of big men who are versatile — he can play inside or out, at the three or the four, plus take on some ball handling responsibilities. He shot 37 percent from three last season, and he pulled down more than eight rebounds a game as well for Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce Ulker.

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Adreian Payne, Anthony Bennett – and now Bjelica. The Timberwolves are stockpiling a lot of talent.

It’s unclear how ready the youngest of that group is to compete, and though Bjelica is already 27, he also must adjust to the NBA. The fit of those players is unclear, too. And he Western Conference is not the least bit forgiving.

But talent is the place to start, and Minnesota is doing just fine there.

Report: Kevin Garnett will “definitely” re-sign in Minnesota next season


When the Timberwolves traded for Kevin Garnett at the deadline, it was unclear what his future held. This was year 20 for the future Hall of Famer, whose skills are clearly not what they once were. There was talk that the trade was simply a feel-good thing for the fans in an awful season, and it would lead to Garnett transitioning into an ownership role with the team. Apparently, he’s going to play at least one more year with the team he played the first 12 years of his career with before hanging it up.

From Charley Walters of

Although it hasn’t been announced, pending free agent Kevin Garnett definitely will re-sign with the Wolves, and Saunders definitely will return as coach.

Even if Garnett doesn’t play much, he’s still a good veteran influence to have on the team, especially for new No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns.