A summary of what everyone is saying about the potential sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
We’re a few days beyond the initial news that the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise is apparently on the market.
At Dunking With Wolves, we’ve covered the news at length. But there are plenty of takes out there, and there’s nothing that we need more than to have them all compiled in one place for reference’s sake.
So, welcome. Here is a list of what everyone has been saying about the potential sale of the Wolves over the past few days.
Minnesota Timberwolves: What everyone is saying about a potential sale
First things first. In case you missed what we’ve covered at DWW, here’s a rundown.
- Dylan Jackson had the initial reaction to the news, followed by thoughts on Kevin Garnett’s rumored interest.
- Then, yours truly chimed in with the pros and cons of Garnett being involved in a new ownership group.
- Phil Ford attempted to tackle the question of whether or not Karl-Anthony Towns could eventually surpass Garnett as the franchise’s best player ever. Of course, the ownership thing could throw a wrench in everything.
- Finally, our own Tyler Metcalf did an outstanding job summing up Taylor’s time as owner, as well as the recent developments.
That’s what we at your friendly neighborhood Wolves site had to say. But we weren’t the only ones with thoughts on the subject, as you might guess. This side of the initial reporting on the matter, which we summarized thoroughly above, there were also some solid commentary pieces from around the web.
Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic tackled both sides of the Glen Taylor-Garnett saga (subscription required at both links). First, a look at Garnett’s desire to be involved, as well as the pointed words he’s spoken over the past months and years about Taylor and their relationship. Then, Krawczynski approached things from the perspective of Taylor’s largely successful ownership of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
There’s also been a ton of interest in this story on a national level, and for good reason.
- A trio of ESPN NBA insiders put together a piece with something of a “frequently asked questions” format. Perhaps the most interesting nugget to come out of this is that Taylor could reportedly fetch more than the roughly $1.4 billion that Forbes has valued the franchise at if he were to sell to someone with a desire to move the team. We know from Taylor’s own words, however, that he’d accept less to keep them in Minneapolis.
- There was also the news from late Tuesday regarding reported interest from the Wilf family, who owns the Minnesota Vikings. Since then, Krawczynski has reported that there are no ongoing talks between the Wilfs and Taylor, but that things could always change quickly.
- The potential sale was also covered on a pair of ESPN podcasts that can both be found on the Minnesota Timberwolves page at ESPN.com.
As things stand today, well … we don’t know much more than we did on Tuesday. Basically, the Wolves are on the market and there are multiple suitors. There was one that wanted to move the Wolves that is no longer in the running, and the Wilfs are also no longer considered major players.
There is a group involving Garnett and one involving current minority owner and New York real estate developer Meyer Orbach, but we don’t know anything else about the other groups.
And that’s about it. Here’s hoping that The Big Ticket and Glen Taylor can let bygones be bygones and move ahead with a reasonable agreement. Perhaps most importantly, we can all root for this to be wrapped up before we get too deep into the offseason.
The draft lottery was recently moved up to Aug. 20, and the draft is in October. Yes, it’s still July, but the clock is ticking and Gersson Rosas and Co. don’t need this hanging over their heads any longer than necessary.