Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Glen Taylor, Wolves go to BRoy, Hill and Stiemsma coming here

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: July 1, 2012 - 12:37 AM

The clock has struck midnight -- or 11 p.m. here in the Midwest -- and free-agency frenzy is here.

The Wolves got it started early, when owner Glen Taylor, David Kahn, Rick Adelman and athletic trainer Gregg Farnam flew to Seattle to visit with free agent Brandon Roy.

They must be serious, huh?

Yahoo!Sports reported Roy will also visit with Chicago, Dallas, Indiana and Golden State in Seattle before he makes his decision.

Yahoo! also reported late Saturday night that Los Angeles Lakers unrestricted free agent Jordan Hill will visit the Wolves on Monday.

And Chicago sports agent tweeted that the Wolves called a minute into free agency to set up a visit with his client, Boston restricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma.

You might remember the Wolves signed Stiemsma for a summer, signing him the final day of the 2009 season so injured Al Jefferson would have a summer workout partner and just in case they needed his contract for a trade chip.

Also expect the Wolves to go after Portland's Nicolas Batum, although restricted free agents are notoriously hard to sign, especially away from kajillionaire Paul Allen.

After declining to make Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, the Wolves could have nearly $15 million or more to spend if they also decide to amnesty Darko Milicic starting July 11.

The Wolves also reached agreements with Brad Miller and Martell Webster to extend in July the deadline to pick up their team options for next season.

Yes, Miller says he's retiring -- although his agent Saturday said that's not completely definite -- but his contract isn't retired thanks to the NBA's confounding salary-cap rules.

Getting those extensions gives the Wolves more time to work for a trade -- Pau Gasol, anyone? -- in which they could include those salary-cap friendly contracts for a team looking to ease its luxury-tax penalties.

Webster's contract calls for about a $600,000 buyout if his $5.7 million salary for next season isn't picked up.

"Sure, why not," Webster said at Jamal Crawford's charity game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday night about agreeing to the extension. "We'll see what happens, if they pick it up. I'm going to worry about the things I can control, like my health. The numbers, I'll leave that up to my agent."

"I love the city, I love the team, I love the coaching staff," he said about Minneapolis and the Wolves.

Webster has been in Florida for much of June training with coach David Thorpe and will return to work with him in August.

Roy also was supposed to play in Crawford's game Saturday, but Crawford said he didn't show because he was meeting with the Mavericks.

The Wolves already have pursued Crawford twice since December and could come calling again.

"I don't see why I wouldn't be interested in playing there," Crawford said. "I think my agent has been in contact with them. I haven't had a chance to talk to them. If they have interest in me, then I have interest in them.

"It was so rushed last year," he said about negotiations with the Wolves after the lockout ended in late November, "but the warm feelings sare still here, at least from my end. I've always been a big fan of Coach Adelman and Coach Sikma and I think David Kahnis doing some real good things as well."

 

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