On Wednesday, the Timberwolves had two of the bigger names in the upcoming draft in for a workout. So, naturally, all people wanted to talk to Kevin McHale about was Kevin Garnett.
So, moments after Florida's Al Horford and Georgetown's Jeff Green had finished their auditions in the team's practice facility, the Wolves vice president for basketball operations walked over and tried his best to scoff at rampant trade rumors involving Garnett.
But he didn't quite squash them.
"Who knows what's going to happen?" he asked. But: "We're not actively shopping Kevin Garnett around the NBA. We've had different phone calls. But we've had different phone calls every year."
One difference, perhaps, is that the Wolves might be listening a little more intently.
Owner Glen Taylor said earlier this week that the team is listening more than ever when teams call about Garnett. On Wednesday, McHale suggested those calls have always been taken.
And will continue to be.
"I just didn't bring it to Glen very often," McHale said. "You always listen. Guys call up and say, 'Hey, look, we'd like you to [consider] this or that.' You listen and it doesn't go very far. It hasn't gone very far right now. ... There are no deals done for Kevin Garnett."
At least not yet.
McHale, loath to deal in speculation, was asked if the timing now made moving Garnett a wiser move. After all, the Wolves' salary situation doesn't allow a lot of wiggle room and most believe Garnett's trade value will only diminish over time. So, is this the right time to do it?
"No," McHale said. "At this time of year all teams are talking to each other. It's 'What are you looking at, what are you thinking?' Everybody talks about a lot of different stuff. "Unfortunately, some of that talk seems to creep out or get speculated on. ... It happens at every trading deadline, or at this time of year. This is one of those times when a lot of stuff happens, and people put out [rumors] like fact."
Two players who might not even be available when the Wolves draft at No. 7 worked out Wednesday.
Many mock drafts have both Horford and Green being gone, with some having Horford going third and Green fifth.
So why come to Minnesota to work out?
"You never know with the draft until the night of the draft," Horford said.
Horford is considered to be the most NBA-ready player after Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.
Green, meanwhile, is a nice mix of size and ball-handling skill.
|NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda||0||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: D. Hutchison||2|
|Detroit - LP: M. Scherzer||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale||6|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: F. Doubront||5||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: J. Masterson||1|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley||3|
|Minnesota||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Philadelphia||1||Top 5th Inning|
|Miami||2||Top 5th Inning|
|Boston||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Detroit||2||Top 4th Inning|
|Texas||0||Top 5th Inning|
|Colorado||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Chicago Cubs - T. Wada||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - M. Gonzales|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy|
|Milwaukee - M. Fiers||8:05 PM|
|San Francisco - J. Peavy|
|Oakland - J. Samardzija||8:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Rasmus|
|Washington - S. Strasburg||8:10 PM|
|Seattle - R. Elias|
|Green Bay||9/4/14 7:30 PM|
|(6) Jacksonville St||7||FINAL|
|(8) Michigan State||45|
|(5) Ohio State||34||FINAL|
|(17) Notre Dame||48|
|(10) South Dakota St||18||FINAL|
|(16) Clemson||21||3rd Qtr 5:42|
|Liberty||15||3rd Qtr 11:35|
|(23) North Carolina||21|
|Ohio U||14||3rd Qtr 6:38|
|Louisiana Tech||0||2nd Qtr 10:00|
|Stephen F Austin||0||2nd Qtr 9:29|
|(20) Kansas State||21|
|Fresno State||0||1st Qtr 1:21|
|Southern Miss||0||1st Qtr 3:50|
|Texas-El Paso||7||1st Qtr 11:16|
|North Texas||0||1st Qtr 11:22|
|(1) Florida State||0||1st Qtr 15:00|
|(14) Wisconsin||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||9/4/14 7:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||9/5/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/5/14 9:30 PM|
|SMU||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Fla Atlantic||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Buffalo||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(24) Missouri||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Arkansas State||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(8) McNeese State||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Central Mich||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Akron||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Ill||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(20) Kansas State||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(4) Oklahoma||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Ky||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|SC State||9/6/14 11:30 AM|
|Navy||9/6/14 12:00 PM|
|UAB||9/6/14 1:00 PM|
|South Alabama||9/6/14 1:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||9/6/14 1:00 PM|
|Colorado||9/6/14 2:00 PM|
|Fresno State||9/6/14 2:00 PM|
|(1) Eastern Wash||9/6/14 2:00 PM|
|(15) USC||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Ohio U||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Middle Tennessee||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Northern Ill||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Missouri State||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Ball State||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Maryland||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Eastern Mich||9/6/14 3:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||9/6/14 3:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss||9/6/14 3:30 PM|
|Old Dominion||9/6/14 5:00 PM|
|(8) Michigan State||9/6/14 5:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|San Jose St||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|East Carolina||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Duke||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|(17) Sam Houston St||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|Michigan||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|Lamar||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M|
|Northwestern St||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|BYU||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|Citadel||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|San Diego St||9/6/14 7:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Virginia Tech||9/6/14 7:00 PM|
|(5) Ohio State|
|Memphis||9/6/14 9:00 PM|
|Colorado State||9/6/14 9:15 PM|
|Air Force||9/6/14 9:15 PM|
|Oregon State||9/6/14 9:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||9/6/14 10:00 PM|
|Columbus||0||1st Half 15:00|
|FC Dallas||7:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake||9:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||9/7/14 12:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||9/7/14 3:00 PM|
|Chicago||34||3rd Qtr 8:45|