Luring The Answer raises major financial questions

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 9, 2006 - 10:08 PM

Yes, Kevin McHale is making a strong bid to make a trade that would bring Philadelphia superstar Allen Iverson to the Timberwolves, even though team owner Glen Taylor says he can't understand how a deal could be made where he would wind up getting rid of $16 million in salaries and replace them with the former league MVP, who is being paid that much for 2005-06 and $18 million for 2006-07.

But look for Taylor to approve the trade if McHale can work out the figures.

"They are going to trade him to somebody," McHale said. "We are one of the teams talking to them."

McHale has a good relationship with Billy King, president of the 76ers, having been involved with him in the four-team trade that brought Latrell Sprewell to the Wolves three years ago.

The Sixers have lost 14 of the past 16 games, and apparently Iverson, who has started in seven consecutive All-Star Games and is averaging 32.1 points per game, has asked for the trade and hinted he would like to play with Kevin Garnett.

The rumors have Wolves No. 1 draft choice Randy Foye, Eddie Griffin, Ricky Davis and Troy Hudson going to the 76ers for Iverson.

Told of the rumor, Garnett lit up. "Bring it on, I love The Answer," Garnett said with a big smile. "We welcome A.I. with open arms. Where is Kevin McHale? C'mon, boy. I can't think of anybody who wouldn't want to play with him."

Taylor did look at the many empty seats in the Target Center on Friday night and had only one explanation: "We have to win to draw."

Taylor added, "We have better players than our record."

An indication that there is a little pressure on coach Dwane Casey, too.

Knight considered

Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi made it clear that if Texas Tech coach Bob Knight was available, he would be on the list of candidates to be the new men's basketball coach.

Knight doesn't have a bigger booster in this area than yours truly, but I had always assumed that neither Maturi nor the administration would consider Knight. But Maturi asked me Saturday, "Whoever told you that I wouldn't consider Bob Knight?"

There are already some influential alumni pushing Knight for the job.

Is Knight available? I know he misses the Big Ten. I know that he considers the Gophers job one of the best in the country.

But he recently signed a contract extension including a clause requiring his son, current assistant coach Pat Knight, to succeed him when he retires.

One thing for sure, Knight would sell out season tickets at Williams Arena overnight. He would give the Gophers athletic department the best fundraiser they ever had.

In addition, when Indiana was competitive in football under coach Bill Mallory, Knight was his best recruiter.

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