Sid Hartman, June 21: KG traded? Taylor says don't bet on it

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 25, 2007 - 5:35 PM

The Timberwolves owner said only a fabulous deal would persuade him to part with his star, and what the team has been offered so far hasn't come close.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor made it clear that a blockbuster trade offer would be the only type he would listen to for All-Star forward Kevin Garnett.

And even then, the chances are nothing would happen, Taylor said.

"I've talked to Kevin and he is very happy staying here with us," Taylor said. "He was excited about the acquisition of Juwan Howard [in the Mike James trade with Houston]."

Taylor verified that Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge called Wolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale to find out if Garnett was available.

"We're going to listen to any offer," Taylor said. "It would just have to be an exceptional deal for us. "I mean you're right, the odds are just extremely high [Garnett will remain with the Wolves]. I don't know what kind of a deal it would be, but it would have to be something. ... You know it isn't likely that we're going to get the No. 1 or No. 2 draft [pick] because of where they went. [The deal would have to be] something like that, but that's not going to happen. I can tell you nobody's come close.

"You know Kevin's preference is that he stays here. So it isn't like he's out looking for a trade and it isn't like we're looking for a trade."

Taylor said he had no comment about a report on ESPN.com quoting Garnett's agent, Andy Miller, that Garnett wouldn't agree to go to Boston and that Garnett might name teams he would go to in two days.

If you listened to Taylor, you too would be convinced there is zero chance that Garnett will be traded.

No land deal

Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat, who has been the spokesman for the county in its negotiations to buy the land where the Twins ballpark will be built, said talks have broken off with Texas-based Hines Interests Inc. in trying to settle on a reasonable price for the land so it won't have to go to condemnation.

The condemnation hearing will be held Monday, and a source close to the situation said he expected Hines to ask for a price of more than $50 million for the land, which has been appraised by Hennepin County at $13.75 million.

"I thought we were having some good discussions with them last week, but ... our position is that they remain unreasonable," Opat said. "They want many times more for the land than their tax value and that we think it's worth, and the public will get to see just how unreasonable they are next week when the hearing begins.

"We remain open to a reasonable agreement, but they are not being reasonable at this point, and it's really a waste of our time to sit down and hear that they want an amount of money that would force us to gut all the infrastructure and street lights and bridges and things around the ballpark. We're not going to agree to that willingly."

Vikings quit vs. Giants

Former Vikings safety Robert Griffith, who is a free agent after being with the Cardinals last season, spoke to SI.com this week and said a number of Vikings quit in that 41-0 loss against the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game at the end of the 2000 season.

"It might have been me and a couple of other guys who didn't and that's it," Griffith said. "It was so frustrating, because it wasn't like [the Giants] did anything we didn't practice for."

On the subject of his former teammate Randy Moss, Griffith told SI.com he believes the receiver will have a great year for the Patriots. "He's going to be on a team that is going to win and will have the national spotlight -- those are two big things for Randy," Griffith said. "I'm not sure you will see Randy of 1998, but I think you'll see 15 touchdowns."

Jottings

The Twins have insurance covering career-ending injuries on all their top players, including catcher Joe Mauer.

Thomas Vanek, the former Gopher who has become a big star for the Buffalo Sabres team that went to the Eastern Conference finals, said he will be a restricted free agent this season and a free agent the following year, putting him in a good position to get a big contract. ... Ex-Gophers defenseman Mike Vannelli, who would be a good addition for any NHL team, said he is talking to Atlanta and some other teams but hasn't made a decision.

Al Nolen Jr., the Minneapolis Henry guard signed by former Gophers basketball coach Dan Monson's staff, is in school and has been working out with the other players. Tubby Smith's staff does not expect to bring in any new recruits for the 2007-2008 season. ... Gophers booster Dick Ames had Smith and former Gophers coach Clem Haskins speaking at the Somerby golf course in Byron, Minn., on Thursday for a fund raiser for the YMCA.

Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi and football coach Tim Brewster will attend the funeral of Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner. Maturi was the athletic director at Miami of Ohio when the late Randy Walker coached the team to a 10-1 record in 1998, losing only to Marshall, before Walker left Miami to coach at Northwestern. Maturi promoted Hoeppner to head coach in 1999 after Walker left. In 2003, current Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the RedHawks to a 13-1 record and the Mid-American Conference championship. Maturi was close to Hoeppner and Walker and had nothing but respect for two coaches who died too young.

After his Azovmash team won the Ukraine Super League playoffs, former North High and Connecticut point guard Khalid El-Amin was named the best guard in the Super League and the Super League MVP. ... Jon Schemmel, son of former Gophers associate athletic director Jeff, who is now athletic director San Diego State, was released by the Mets after spring training but signed by the San Diego Padres. He was assigned to Fort Wayne, Ind., their lower Class A team, where the second baseman led the team in on-base percentage and was just called up to their high Class A team in Lake Elsinore, Calif. His brother, Justin, is working as an intern in the compliance office of the Gophers athletic department.

If former Eden Prairie defensive tackle Walker Ashley, who has left Southern California twice, decides to enroll at Minnesota, he would have to sit out a year as a transfer student. USC coaches were thinking of making him into an offensive lineman before he left.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Detroit 69 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Portland 94 FINAL
Cleveland 99
Sacramento 102 FINAL
Toronto 119
Boston 98 FINAL
Minnesota 110
Dallas 94 FINAL
Houston 99
Denver 93 FINAL
New Orleans 85
Brooklyn 102 FINAL
Atlanta 113
Oklahoma City 92 FINAL
New York 100
Charlotte 86 FINAL
San Antonio 95
LA Clippers 94 FINAL
Utah 89
Washington 98 FINAL
Phoenix 106
Toronto 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 0 FINAL
Washington 4
Chicago 3 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Temple 86 FINAL
UCF 62
Winthrop 75 FINAL
Coastal Carolina 68
Lafayette 59 FINAL
Colgate 54
Northeastern 60 FINAL
Drexel 65
Wake Forest 76 FINAL
Florida State 82
Rhode Island 64 FINAL
Fordham 63
Delaware 82 FINAL
James Madison 88
South Carolina 58 FINAL
LSU 64
New Hampshire 63 FINAL
Maine 58
Seton Hall 80 FINAL
Marquette 70
Binghamton 68 FINAL
UMBC 56
American Univ 54 FINAL
Navy 64
Elon 65 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 82
Wright State 76 FINAL
Oakland 84
Minnesota 58 FINAL
Penn State 63
Duquesne 55 FINAL
Richmond 86
SMU 63 FINAL
South Florida 52
Hartford 66 FINAL
Stony Brook 72
Albany 47 FINAL
Vermont 44
Hofstra 79 FINAL
William & Mary 100
UNC-Asheville 74 FINAL
Longwood 64
Radford 84 FINAL
Char Southern 77
Holy Cross 0 Postponed
Loyola-Maryland 0
Duke 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 77
Texas Tech 36 FINAL
Oklahoma 81
Oregon State 55 FINAL
Arizona State 73
Morehead State 82 FINAL
Austin Peay 69
Drake 69 FINAL
Bradley 57
Lehigh 62 FINAL
Bucknell 68
Rice 48 FINAL
Houston 59
Missouri State 57 FINAL
Illinois State 67
Loyola-Chicago 47 FINAL
Wichita State 58
Nebraska Omaha 64 FINAL
South Dakota St 86
Northern Iowa 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 52
Louisville 81 FINAL
Boston College 72
St Johns 74 FINAL
Creighton 77
East Carolina 58 FINAL
Memphis 70
Georgia Tech 70 FINAL
Miami-Florida 50
Miss State 73 FINAL
Ole Miss 79
Clemson 68 FINAL
NC State 57
Indiana 67 FINAL
Purdue 83
Kansas 64 FINAL
TCU 61
Oregon 56 FINAL
Arizona 90
Air Force 66 FINAL
San Jose St 52
Stanford 84 FINAL
Washington 74
Rider 56 FINAL
Siena 49
Dayton 76 FINAL
Richmond 62
Eastern Kentucky 53 FINAL
Jacksonville St 73
Saint Josephs 0 Postponed
Saint Louis 0
UMBC 71 FINAL
Binghamton 55
Akron 60 FINAL
Ohio U 72
Ball State 72 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 55
Memphis 56 FINAL
Cincinnati 44
East Carolina 32 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 87
Murray State 59 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 75
Kent State 63 FINAL
Central Michigan 65
UT Martin 64 FINAL
Tennessee St 58
Eastern Michigan 56 FINAL
Western Mich 83
Bucknell 61 FINAL
Lehigh 76
Indiana 57 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Colgate 56 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Fordham 66 FINAL
Davidson 45
Duquesne 76 FINAL
St Bonaventure 64
George Mason 66 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 70
Detroit 59 FINAL
Youngstown St 58
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 58 FINAL
Tulsa 74
Oklahoma St 54 FINAL
Kansas State 52
West Virginia 57 FINAL
Texas Tech 73
Denver 56 FINAL
South Dakota 82
Northwestern St 46 FINAL
Central Arkansas 63
Austin Peay 67 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 87
Kansas 61 FINAL
Iowa State 56
Bowling Green 50 FINAL
Northern Ill 67
Penn State 64 FINAL
Minnesota 75
San Jose St 80 FINAL
Air Force 83
Boise State 82 FINAL
Colorado State 83
Utah State 51 FINAL
Wyoming 86
San Diego State 50 FINAL
Fresno State 57
Nevada 52 FINAL
UNLV 75

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What chance does the Wild have of making the playoffs?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close