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Report: Timberwolves sign Tayshaun Prince


The Timberwolves re-signed Kevin Garnett and signed Andre Miller.

Enough veteran leadership on the young team?

Not for Flip Saunders.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Saunders coached Tayshaun Prince on the Pistons, but that was a long time ago. Prince, 35, is an even more methodical player and no longer an elite wing defender.

Still, his length and intelligence make him a capable defender. He can make jumpers, too, and he’s a solid passer for his position (though he bogs down the offense with the ball in his hands).

Prince played reasonably well for the Celtics and Pistons last season after the Grizzlies traded him, so he might have a little juice left. He was in over his head in Memphis, often starting for a fringe contender.

That shouldn’t be the case in Minnesota. He’ll fill a limited role, provide a good example for the team’s younger players and sometimes take minutes that slow the development of Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett and Nemanja Bjelica. (Andrew Wiggins is getting the same playing time regardless.)

There’s an outside but realistic chance the Timberwolves can compete for a playoff spot. For that reason, signing Prince makes sense. Minnesota wouldn’t want to find out later it was a veteran on the wing away from the postseason. If the Timberwolves fall from the race, Saunders can always turn more toward developing younger players.

Prince gives Minnesota 17 players – two more than the regular-season roster limit. The most likely cuts are Lorenzo Brown ($75,000 guaranteed) and Damjan Rudez (acquired in the Chase Budinger salary dump). Perhaps, the Timberwolves can trade Rudez and get something for him or deal another player in a more significant move. But they have to do something to trim the roster.

Flip Saunders angry after Jazz broadcasters accused Timberwolves of trying to lose on purpose

Flip Saunders

The Timberwolves had only seven players available for Monday night’s contest against the Jazz, and that was a blatant attempt at tanking, at least as far as Utah’s television broadcast crew was concerned.

Rookie sensations Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine played heavy minutes, but so did guys most fans have never heard of in Adreian Payne, Lorenzo Brown and Sean Kilpatrick. The rest of the more well-known Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Garnett included, were all out due to injury.

Minnesota won in overtime anyway, behind a 27-point performance from LaVine which included a couple of huge threes down the stretch. But once word of what the broadcasters said on the air reached Flip Saunders, he was in no mood to celebrate.

From Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:

Instead of being in a celebratory mood, he was incensed after he returned to a joyous locker room and found what he said were 25 text messages informing him of comments made by Utah’s television broadcast earlier in the game. …

Jazz announcers said, to paraphrase, that teams purposely losing games to improve draft lottery odds by dressing only seven available players is bad for the league, bad for fans who pay good money to see Kevin Garnett and the league needs to do something about it. …

“That’s totally irresponsible, we’re not tanking games,” Saunders said. “If that’s so, then [Utah] got beat by a team who was tanking. … We’re playing to win. Our guys are out there: We won two games ago at New York, we lost in the fourth quarter against Charlotte last night. We’re not tanking games. It is irresponsible for them to go on TV saying that. If you work at ESPN, you get fired for saying stuff like that.”

Only Saunders and the Minnesota training staff know the extent of his players’ injuries, but the reality is that he wouldn’t need to fake their status.

Plenty of teams are resting healthy stars these days for various reasons, and Saunders could do so whenever he wanted, publicly and without penalty, even under the guise of wanting to develop his young players by giving them the bulk of the available minutes.

It’s worth reminding that tanking is an organizational decision to field the least talented lineup possible, and that the players and coaches who are involved in the games are never trying to lose on purpose. The Jazz broadcast crew may have believed the former was true, even as the latter was evident once the game was finished.

Clippers embarrass Sixers, coast to 45-point win

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The Los Angeles Clippers won by 45 and it wasn’t that close.


Sunday night was just a perfect storm of everything going right for the Clippers and everything going wrong for the Sixers. This was a game where the Clippers were ahead 100-51 after three quarters and went on to win 123-78.

Here are just some of the notable numbers from destruction.

• The 45-point win margin set a franchise record for the Clippers.

• To quote Ron Burgundy: “Well, that escalated quickly.” The Clippers started the game on a 13-0 run and led by 31 in the first quarter.

• The lead peaked in the third quarter when the Clippers were up 89-33.

• Philadelphia shot 27 percent on the night, the worst shooting night the Sixers have had since March 2004 when they had the same kind of night against Boston.

• At one point Philly went on a 14-0 run and that cut the lead to 42.

• Some individual numbers for Philly: Spencer Hawes 0-for-8, Evan Turner 1-for-8, Michael Carter-Williams 5-for-18, Lavoy Allen 2-of-10, Lorenzo Brown 1-of-6, James Anderson 1-of-6.

• Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in 25 minutes.

• Oh, and by the way Blake Griffin did this to the Sixers:

Report: Timberwolves interested in Marquis Teague also

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For a guy in Tom Thibodeau’s doghouse, Marquis Teague has a lot of suitors around the league.

We passed along the report yesterday that the Jazz may have interest in Teague now that Trey Burkes is out for at least a couple months.

But they are not alone, reports the Chicago Tribune — you can throw the Minnesota Timberwolves in the mix as well.

Marquis Teague struggled Saturday night against the Wizards and, with the Jazz’s Trey Burke fracturing his right finger Saturday, ESPN.com speculated the Jazz could pursue trade talks for Teague. A league source said the Timberwolves also have shown interest in the past in Teague.

The Timberwolves don’t have a lot of minutes at the point behind Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea, but they are looking for a third guy (sorry Lorenzo Brown, it may not be you) and maybe Teague is it.

Teague is still a project, but he’s just 20 years old and in his second season. In his limited playing time this preseason he has not shown any kind of leap in playmaking ability or defense from his rookie season. He can attack off the dribble as a rookie but struggled to finish those attempts, shooting less than 50 percent in the restricted area.

Teams are willing to give him a shot the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau are not. Don’t be shocked if he is moved before the season starts.

Seven collegiate 2013 second round draft picks have international contracts

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We have mentioned this before, the draft and stash is not just for European players anymore. Used to be a time when teams drafted a young Euro in the second round, let him develop overseas, then brought him over if and when he was ready. See Marc Gasol as a prime example.

But now teams are drafting American born players and letting them head overseas to develop. The teams retain the rights and don’t have to pay the players a salary, the players get a much bigger check overseas then they would have if cut and put in the D-League. Most of those players never suit up in the NBA, but the trend is growing.

SLAM laid out the seven players who have already gone that route this year:

• Pierre Jackson, (drafted at No. 42, traded to the Pelicans) with ASVEL Villeurbanne in France.

• Mike Muscala (No. 44 by the Hawks) with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro in Spain.

• Erick Green (No. 46 by the Nuggets) with Siena in Italy.

• James Ennis (No. 50 by the Heat with Perth in Australia.

• Colton Iverson, (No. 53 pick by the Celtics) with Besiktas in Turkey.

• Alex Oriakhi (No. 56 by the Suns) with Limoges CSP in France.

• DeShaun Thomas (No. 58 by the Spurs) with JSF Nanterre in France.

There could be more, remember that second rounders Grant Jerrett, Ryan Kelly, Romero Osby, Lorenzo Brown and Arsalan Kazemi all are without contracts.

The odds say not many of these guys will make it back to the NBA, but if they can show some development they will get a shot. Just some names to watch.