Word is out. The league is trying to save Wolves G.M. David Kahn from himself. So sayeth Yahoo! Sports:
The Minnesota Timberwolves were turned down on an offer of Brandon Roy and a first-round pick to Denver for center Timofey Mozgov, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Denver is combing the market further for offers on Mozgov. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the emergence of Kosta Koufos could make it hard for Denver to match an offer sheet for Mozgov.
The Timberwolves are trying to include Roy’s contract into offers, selling the non-guaranteed value of his 2013-14 year as an appealing factor. Roy is rehabilitating his knees, and neither the Wolves, nor Roy, truly expect he’ll be able to play again in the NBA, sources said.
Timberwolves GM David Kahn has been interested in negotiating a buyout with Roy, presumably as a way to show owner Glen Taylor he can get some money back on a failed free-agent signing.
A buyout could possibly come after the trade deadline, if Minnesota is unable to use Roy’s contract to balance out the money of a trade.
Teams who’d consider including Roy in a deal understand that he’s unlikely to ever play again, sources said.
Minnesota has offered multiple first-round picks for established wing players in the league, sources said.