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.

T-minus 12 hours and counting

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves management, Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: June 30, 2010 - 10:58 AM

Chill some drinks, grab a seat and get ready for the big show.

Free agency begins at 11:01 p.m. tonight and it's going to be a wild ride.

"I have no idea what's going to happen," David Kahn said.

Neither does anybody else.

Teams can negotiate starting tonight, but can't officially sign players for a week, until the league's salary cap for next season is set on July 8.

Kahn's planning to call two agents at 11:01 tonight, one of which I believe will be Rudy Gay's agent, to try to set up visits for clients.

He also at some point tonight or Thursday will call Darko Milicic's agent, seeking to sign the unrestricted free agent who finished last season with the Wolves in a mutual lovefest with coach Kurt Rambis.

When the season ended, Milicic said if he was going to return to the NBA rather than stay home in Europe, it'd be with the Wolves.

I asked his agent, Marc Cornstein, this morning if that still holds true.

Of course, he didn't say the Wolves are the only option, but he said say this, "There's no question he has a lot of appreciation for the Timberwolves and Coach Rambis for giving him a legitimate chance. He certainly had a good stretch for those last 30 games and if we can continue that, that'd be great."

Cornstein said he didn't think the Wolves' negotiations with European prospect Nikola Pekovic would affect the Darko negotiations, although it will in this way:

You can bet Milicic won't take less than what Pekovic gets. Pekovic's agents could be seeking as much as $5 million a year, which, of course, doesn't mean they'll get that much.

"He was the starting center for them," Cornstein said about his client.

 

 

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