It's no secret that the Minnesota Timberwolves have made Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum their No. 1 target this offseason. Batum's a restricted free agent, though -- what will Minnesota do if Portland matches the offer sheet?
According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, there are multiple backup plans:
The Wolves, like every team, have Plans B and C. It involves possibly trading for Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, although the source said that contract is troublesome.
They also have reached out to representatives for free-agent shooting guards O.J. Mayo and Louis Williams. Neither is scheduled to visit for now, but that could change based on Batum.
It is unknown what the Timberwolves would be willing to send the Sixers' way for Iguodala and there's no word on how serious they are about Mayo and Williams at this point.
Minnesota has also been linked to Russian guard Alexey Shved and, while Wolfson maintains Shved remains a Plan B or C, his agent says that the Wolves are one of three teams that have extended him an offer.
No contracts can be signed until July 11, when the NBA moratorium period is over.