To recap July 2012, we started the month by reviewing the Timberwolves 2012 free agency options which began with the pursuit of restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. While the pursuit of Batum ultimately proved futile with Portland eventually matching the Timberwolves 4-year, $46.5 million offer sheet, the Wolves were able to sign former Boston Celtic center Greg Stiemsma.
In the process, Minnesota said goodbye to Michael Beasley as he signed with the Phoenix Suns for 3 years and $18 million. Darko Milicic was waived via the amnesty clause, Martell Webster was waived, and Brad Miller was traded to the New Orleans Hornets, despite the likelihood that he will retire anyways. Wayne Ellington was shipped to Memphis in exchange for forward Dante Cunningham who will likely fill the role of Anthony Tolliver shall he decide to sign elsewhere.
The Timberwolves dipped into the international free agent market by signing the electrifying Russian guard Alexey Shved for 3 years and $10 million, and went ahead and signed his teammate on the Russian national team and former Utah Jazz standout Andrei Kirilenko to a two year, $20 million pact.
After originally trading him on draft day 2006, the Wolves signed Brandon Roy as he emerged out of retirement in an attempt to come back to his All-Star form. I began to ponder if the Portland Trail Blazers are becoming a legitimate on and off court rival to our Wolves, and Timberpups welcomed new writer John to the fold. We also released our first version of our 2013 NBA Mock Draft. We’re looking forward to what August has in store.