Mar. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Wesley Johnson (4) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Wes Johnson To Phoenix Deal Is Done, Allowing Wolves To Sign Andrei Kirilenko

The Minnesota Timberwolves gave up on the Wesley Johnson experience, trading him to the Phoenix Suns so that they could sign Andrei Kirilenko.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Targeting Andrei Kirilenko, According To Reports

The Minnesota Timberwolves are making things quite interesting in the post-summer league NBA offseason. Building on earlier reports that Minnesota plans to trade former first-round pick Wesley Johnson the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda confirms what the T'Wolves might be up to following the trade.

Reports earlier in the day had Andrei Kirilenko in the cross-hairs of the Brooklyn Nets and Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Kirilenko was quoted in the article mentioning he had options and it appears Minnesota may be a favorable one for the Russian forward. Kirilenko played ten seasons with the Utah Jazz before playing last year for CSKA Moscow and has made it known he plans to return to the NBA this season.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Wes Johnson To Suns As Part Of Robin Lopez Deal?

The Minnesota Timberwolves have already made small deals this summer to ship out Wayne Ellington and Brad Miller, but the newest NBA trade rumor carries quite a bit more weight as the team is apparently shopping former fourth overall pick Wesley Johnson.

Johnson struggled mightily last season and, after showcasing him a bit in the NBA Summer League, the team has apparently found a way to get good value for him as a part of a three-way deal apparently centered around the Phoenix Suns shipping Robin Lopez to the New Orleans Hornets.

Wojnarowski has yet to report what the team would get in return (aside from the minor pieces of Jerome Dyson and a return of Brad Miller), but the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda is guessing that they'd receive Carl Landry and possibly another piece.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves And Trail Blazers Discussing Move For Nicolas Batum

The NBA trade rumor mill has elected involve the Minnesota Timberwolves again this week as the team tries to acquire restricted free agent Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers. It doesn't sound like it's going to be easy, but at least there's apparently a deal being discussed.

The Blazers and Timberwolves are discussing a deal that would seemingly cripple the Wolves' chances at continuing to rebuild in the future in exchange for the immediate impact Batum could have, according to a report from ESPN's Ric Bucher.

The Trail Blazers and Timberwolves are discussing a deal that would bring Portland free-agent forward Nicolas Batum to Minnesota in exchange for two future first-round draft picks and a veteran small forward acquired from a third team, a league source told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.

If the Blazers continue to balk, Bucher says, the Wolves will simply sign Batum to an offer sheet Wednesday night -- which Portland has said it'll match, keeping Batum in a Portland uniform.

That's quite a nice haul for the Blazers considering one of their alternatives is to let Batum play out this season and then walk for nothing next year, but maybe they believe another team will chip in with something else before that happens.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia, Blazers And Timberwolves Could Strike A Deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves are putting their best effort toward acquiring Nicolas Batum, but after the Portland Trail Blazers said they'd match whatever offer David Kahn and Co. put forth, that task is proving to be a bit difficult.

There are other ways the Wolves could acquire Batum, though, and 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson reports that a three-way trade with the Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers is one way things could get done.

According to the source, the way to get Batum here is still via a sign-and-trade. David Kahn, the Wolves' president of basketball operations, will continue to talk with the Portland Trail Blazers throughout the weekend.

One scenario involves a three-way trade with Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala would go to Portland, Derrick Williams would go as part of a package to the Sixers and Batum would come to Minnesota. So far, Portland is balking.

It's unclear what else the Wolves would have to send to the Sixers in that deal, but it's certainly intriguing. The problem is Portland, though, so Wolfson reports that the Wolves might just look at acquiring Andre Iguodala instead of Batum -- thereby cutting out the middleman.

If Portland doesn't change its mind, the Wolves could revisit talks solely with Philadelphia about Iguodala. But as has been the case since the teams first started talking two years ago, the Wolves aren't big fans of his contract. It has two years left -- the second is a player option -- at approximately $30 million total.

The Wolves are obviously looking at making moves ... hopefully they're the right ones.

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NBA Rumors: Nicolas Batum Will Stay A Blazer, Not Become A Timberwolf

The Minnesota Timberwolves had been angling at acquiring Nicolas Batum, a restricted free agent, from the Portland Trail Blazers. Unfortunately that won't be happening, however, as the Blazers have apparently deemed Batum to be too important to their team.

The Timberwolves reportedly offered Batum $11 million per season and, while that sounds like a lot, no amount will be enough to lure Batum to the Twin Cities. Not necessarily because he's not interested, but rather because the Blazers have decided they'll do whatever it takes to keep him.

With those options off the table, Batum will now have the option of either playing out the final year of his rookie deal -- worth just over $4 million, according to ShamSports' salary database -- or signing a long-term deal with the Blazers. The latter option happens more often than the former and, if the Wolves decide to submit their offer anyway when the moratorium on free agents ends July 11, they'll have to match whatever long-term deal Minnesota puts down on paper.

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Nicolas Batum Offered $11 Million By Minnesota Timberwolves, According To Report

On Thursday afternoon, it was reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves had submitted an offer to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum in the range of $11 million per season. Bartum was given a qualifying offer by the Portland Trail Blazers on June 25, which means that if Batum accepts the Timberwolves offer, Portland will have three days after July 11 to match the offer.

If they do, Batum will have to play out the proposed deal with the Trail Blazers.

Batum has spent the last four seasons in Portland averaging 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 26.2 minutes per game over that span.

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