FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Andrew Wiggins spent the previous month seemingly in hiding, side-stepping questions about a trade that was all but finished and coming to the realization he was not going to be teammates with LeBron James.
On Tuesday -- finally -- Wiggins and the rest of the new Minnesota Timberwolves got to address the issue head on and have their moment in the sun.
The Timberwolves unveiled the bounty they got for All-Star Kevin Love at the Minnesota State Fair, and Wiggins wore an ear-to-ear smile for most of the day as hundreds of fans followed him around the fairgrounds. It was a warm welcome after the disappointment of being drafted No. 1 overall by Cleveland, only to be shipped out when the Cavaliers decided to acquire the veteran Love to help James chase down a championship.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he thinks Kevin Love may get exposed for defensive liabilities now that he has joined the high-profile Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I'm not sure that's how it's going to work in Cleveland," Taylor said on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. "I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense and he's foul prone."
Taylor also said he thinks Love may get the blame if the Cavs have some struggles.
ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert is spending his offseason working on strengthening his surgically repaired left knee and staying off social media.
He's also looking forward to playing in an offense that allows him to do more than "standing in the corner."
Shumpert, speaking at his Citi Basketball Procamp at House of Sports on Tuesday, said he is excited about the upcoming season with new coach Derek Fisher and the possibilities that come with playing in the triangle offense.
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract.
Salmons, whose acquisition was announced by the club Tuesday, has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career.
The 34-year-old Salmons entered the NBA with Philadelphia after being selected 26th overall in the 2002 draft. He has twice played with Sacramento and also spent time with Chicago, Milwaukee and most recently Toronto.
The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.
The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press.
Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game.
Rain or Shine co-owner Raymond Yu on Tuesday denied that his team was speaking to other PBA squads about a potential trade involving disgruntled guard Paul Lee.
Yu made it clear that Rain or Shine was not currently working on a deal after Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy claimed that Lee had been offered to his franchise.
“For the record, we are not in talks with any of the 11 other teams right for a deal involving Paul Lee,” Yu said in a statement.
Stanley Pringle’s contract with Globalport is reportedly just for two years, giving the No. 1 overall pick enough room to get out of the contract much earlier than the usual three-year deal for a top pick.
The short contract leaves many to speculate that the 6-foot-1 Fil-American is looking far into the future and may seek a team with championship potential after the end of his contract. Or he may opt to take his talent abroad should a better offer comes along.
Pringle and Globalport had earlier been embroiled in some kind of pre-draft negotiation that did not seem to go well. The 27-year-old Fil-Am had asked for a $20,000 monthly salary to match what he received from his previous team, the Indonesia Warriors.
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands -- Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.
"I'm not going to compare. I haven't seen Spain play," Krzyzewski said. "If we play Spain, it's a long way away. So I'm just concentrating on U.S. and trying to get better."
There's plenty of time, but his big guys are looking pretty good so far.
MANILA, Philippines – Should Rain or Shine be able to keep All-Star guard Paul Lee with the team, the former Rookie of the Year will make an "explosive" tandem with rookie guard Kevin Alas, predicts head coach Yeng Guiao.
Alas – and ninth overall pick Jericho Cruz – were both taken as "insurance picks" should Lee get his wish and be traded from the Elasto Painters. But Guiao is not counting out a scenario wherein Lee stays and teams up with Alas in the Rain or Shine backcourt.
"'Yung role ni Kevin would be significant. Just in case we're not able to sign up Paul, then he would play a big role in the team," said Guiao. "But even if we sign up Paul, I think Kevin Alas and Paul Lee at the backcourt is certainly an explosive combination."
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corp. (SMC) quickly quashed speculations that it has a hand in Paul Lee’s decision to be traded out of Yeng Guiao’s Rain or Shine.
SMC president Ramon Ang denied that the company -- or its teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) -- has not been negotiating to acquire the 25-year-old point guard from the Elasto Painters.
“We are not in talks with anybody about Lee,” Ang told Snow Badua in a Spin.ph report.