Sid Hartman: McHale says Garnett rumors are just that

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2007 - 10:05 PM

There's been lots of buzz about the Wolves talking to teams about trading their star player, but the team's VP says the speculation is overblown.

Kevin McHale, the Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations, blames the media for starting rumors that Kevin Garnett is going to be traded.

"You always say, 'We'll see what happens,' but every year it's the same thing," McHale said. "Some guy in a blog writes something and then everybody runs with it. You guys are in the reaction business, to people who are just making things up, and it's just unbelievable."

With those words, McHale is denying reports that he has talked to the Celtics and the Suns about trading Garnett, despite what ESPN.com and other websites are saying.

"You talk to every team in the draft right now and you say, 'What are you looking at? Who are you looking at? What are you trying to do to your team?' " McHale said. "So at this time of the year, you talk to every team multiple times."

Personally, I would be shocked if the Wolves decided to trade Garnett. I don't think owner Glen Taylor would approve the deal. Can you imagine what would happen to the season-ticket base if they did trade Garnett? It would be a disaster.

The Wolves have the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft, but McHale said he is not opposed to moving up or down.

"Well, I'm pretty happy at seven, but again we'll see what happens," he said. "... I think there's enough guys. I know personally I like eight, nine guys in this draft a lot, so I'm really happy at seven.

"We'll get an NBA-ready player, but a young player. He'll be a guy that can come in and be an NBA player, I don't think there's any doubt about that. So, yeah those guys are out there."

Commission to help

This morning, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission will act on a recommendation by the group's finance committee that the commission contribute 50 percent of the option money Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will put down on a two-year option to buy the underground parking garage adjacent to the Metrodome.

Bill Lester, executive director of the commission, said the price of buying the garage would be $13.5 million if the option is exercised the first year and $14.5 million the second year.

Local businessman Bob Lux has a proposal to buy eight city garages. He would keep seven and eventually sell the one next to the Dome to the Vikings.

"It's $250,000 for the first-year option. And I think it's $250,000 for the second-year option, and the Vikings and the commission will split the cost of the options," Lester said. "Then if this thing goes right, we'll have a chance to buy it for a fixed price, so we don't have the same deal that you had with the Twins property."

You have to give credit to chairman Roy Terwilliger and the commission for doing all they can to help the Vikings get a stadium and build the big development on the east side of downtown as they plan to do.

Jottings

Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett continues to have problems with his neck.

"It's something that's going to bother me for the rest of the season," he said. "It's something that's only going to get better during rest. So hopefully I can just maintain the workouts and try to keep it strong. It's just something that, like I said, will get better over time."

Steve Loney, the former Gophers offensive line coach who spent one year in the same position with the Vikings, has been named the new head coach at Drake.

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