The Timberwolves are showing interest in many free agents, including Ray Allen.
By JOAN NIESENFS North
MINNEAPOLIS – The
Timberwolves confirmed Tuesday that they have met with free agent forwards Greg Stiemsma, Nicolas Batum and Jordan Hill. Team representatives were also on a call with free agent Ray Allen on Monday.
In the first two days of free agency, which began at 11 p.m. on Saturday night, the Timberwolves brought three free agents to Minneapolis. Greg Stiemsma, a forward who spent last season with the Celtics, met with the team on Sunday. Nicolas Batum, a forward who has played on the Trail Blazers since 2008, was in Minneapolis from Sunday night until Tuesday.
Both Batum and Stiemsma are restricted free agents. The Trail Blazers offered Batum a qualifying offer on June 25, which means they would be able to match any offer that the Timberwolves tender Batum. Stiemsma also received a qualifying offer of $1 million from the Celtics, meaning that they too could match any Timberwolves offer.
Jordan Hill, who spent last season with the Rockets and then the Lakers, is an unrestricted free agent. He met with the team on Monday. Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said in a statement released through the team's PR department that all meetings were productive and that the team will continue to talk with all three players.
In addition, the Timberwolves expressed a formal interest in Ray Allen, a shooting guard who's played for the Celtics since 2007. Allen was originally drafted by the Timberwolves in 2006, but he was immediately traded to Milwaukee for the draft rights to Stephon Marbury. The Timberwolves were one of four teams on a call with Allen on Monday.