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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 8/24/2020 10:12:11 PM   
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I do NOT trust Straus to keep the team in Minnesota at all.

https://www.cnbc.com/2014/06/04/insurance-company-cheated-medicare-out-of-1-billion-says-lawsuit.html
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 8/24/2020 10:51:39 PM   
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I do NOT trust Straus to keep the team in Minnesota at all.

https://www.cnbc.com/2014/06/04/insurance-company-cheated-medicare-out-of-1-billion-says-lawsuit.html

Glen needs to get some ironclad language in the contract requiring he keep it here.

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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 8/25/2020 11:12:08 AM   
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Straus froze bottom tier health care workers’ pensions and eliminated paid lunch breaks:

m.dailykos.com/stories/2012/02/05/1061070/-For-evidence-of-a-war-on-workers-look-no-further-than-the-rise-of-the-lockout
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 8/25/2020 11:12:39 AM   
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Canis comment:

How wealthy is he?

Has anyone found his net worth? Some that I’ve seen are older, but he doesn’t seem to be super wealthy. I just worry, as others have, that’s he’s trying to flip the Wolves. Come in, cut costs, move them to Seattle or Vegas, increase the team’s value, then sell the team for 2 billion + and use the profits to buy a team out east – Like the Wizards or Sixers or something like that down the road.

It just would have been great to have someone from the Midwest or with Midwest ties, who is worth a couple billion to buy the team. A sort of rich east coast guy looking to make a profit seems like the worst option.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 8/25/2020 11:45:01 AM   
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That speculation has shades of semi-rich New Yorker and self-professed NY Giants fan Zygi Wilf coming in to buy the Vikings.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 8/25/2020 12:23:32 PM   
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It just keeps getting better and better...

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Amid ongoing legal battles in 2016, CareOne sought the help of Michael Cohen, the New York lawyer who worked for many years as a fixer for President Donald Trump.

Cohen, who went to prison in connection with some of his work for Trump, hired an IT company, RedFinch Solutions, to set up websites filled with positive stories about Straus to help offset unflattering Google search results, according to RedFinch’s CEO, John Gauger.


www.propublica.org/article/careone-nursing-homes-said-they-could-safely-take-more-covid-19-patients-but-death-rates-soared
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/3/2020 11:16:22 AM   
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BROWNS OWNER JIMMY HASLAM EXPLORING PURCHASE OF NBA’S TIMBERWOLVES

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is exploring a bid for the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Sportico reported in July that billionaire T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor had retained The Raine Group to sell the National Basketball Association franchise he has owned since 1994.

The Straus Group, the family office of Daniel Straus—a former investor in the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies—had entered into exclusive talks to buy the NBA team, but no agreement was reached by its expiration, said the people, who were granted anonymity because the matter is private.

Raine declined to comment. Haslam Sports Group in a statement said it “is regularly evaluating potential investment opportunities in sports and entertainment but any speculation about us currently being in the process of pursuing that investment would be inaccurate.”

Haslam, whom Forbes says is worth about $2.9 billion, is one of several people eyeing a purchase of the Timberwolves, the people said, adding that Straus was still in talks to acquire the team.

Haslam is the chief executive officer of truck stop company Pilot Flying J, which was founded by his father in 1958. A former investor in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haslam and his wife, Dee, acquired control of the Browns in 2012. Dee Haslam is chair of the Haslam Sports Group.

Taylor is seeking at least $1.2 billion for the franchise, Sportico has reported.

Haslam is seeking to become one of a handful of people who own multiple teams in the major U.S. sports leagues, joining, among others, Stan Kroenke (Rams, Nuggets, Avalanche), Ted Leonsis (Wizards, Capitals), Terry Pegula (Bills, Sabres), Jim Dolan (Knicks, New York Rangers) and Jerry Reinsdorf (Bulls, White Sox).

Jimmy Haslam in 2018 wasn’t charged in a multimillion dollar fraud committed by top executives of Pilot Flying J. Haslam had denied any wrongdoing.

The WNBA’s Lynx are also part of the sale, which has attracted the attention of former Timberwolves star, Kevin Garnett, who is part of another group pursuing the NBA franchise.

The Browns haven’t had a winning season under Haslam’s ownership, including a 1-15 mark in 2016 and a winless record the following season.

The team went 6-10 last season

https://www.sportico.com/business/sales/2020/cleveland-browns-jimmy-haslam-timberwolves-1234612602/
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/10/2020 2:20:56 PM   
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"The Afflalo Group"

"Afflalo’s team held discussions with the Raine Group, the search firm working with Wolves owner Glen Taylor to identify candidates, on Wednesday. Afflalo is partnering with entrepreneur Jay Bloom and several other deep-pocketed investors to make a run at buying the team, which first became available at the end of July. The group has not yet met with Taylor or any representatives of the Timberwolves for advanced discussions but is confident it has the financial means and long-term vision for talks to progress to that point."

"He has an affinity for the Wolves organization, in large part because of the Saunders family. Flip Saunders was Afflalo’s first NBA coach with the Pistons and Afflalo has strong relationships with Wolves coach Ryan Saunders and president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, among others in the organization."

"If Afflalo’s group emerges as winners in the process, there would be a desire to become pillars in the Twin Cities community, sources said. The group has observed from afar as CEO Ethan Casson, Rosas, Saunders and the rest of the organization has thrust itself into community engagement following the death of George Floyd, which sparked riots across the country and put law enforcement relations with people of color under the microscope. The group includes several people of color who have an interest in the franchise playing a role in the discussion, sources said."

"Another question for any transfer of power would center on the futures of Rosas, Saunders, Casson and the rest of the Wolves leadership group. Sources say Afflalo’s group, much like Straus, believes strongly in the leadership core and would not look to make any major changes at the top of basketball or business operations. But no deal, with either group, is imminent. "


theathletic.com/2055189/2020/09/09/sources-group-led-by-arron-afflalo-engaging-in-talks-to-buy-timberwolves/

The good news: It sounds like they’d keep the Wolves in Minnesota forever.

The bad news: It sounds like they’d keep Saunders as Head Coach forever.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/10/2020 4:05:25 PM   
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The good news: It sounds like they’d keep the Wolves in Minnesota forever.

The bad news: It sounds like they’d keep Saunders as Head Coach forever.


I'm revising this.

Jay Bloom is a Vegas guy that wants to be a big shot here, and I didn't realize Afflalo has also lived here for the past decade.

So I guess the good news is actually "I may soon not need to buy League Pass to watch the Wolves anymore..."
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/14/2020 11:06:10 AM   
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Facundo Campazzo Could Leave Real Madrid To Sign With Wolves

Facundo Campazzo could leave Real Madrid for the NBA this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves considered the most likely team, per Marca.

Campazzo is a 5'11 point guard from Argentina. Pablo Prigioni is an assistant coach with the Wolves.

The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs are also referenced as possibilities.


basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/259570/Facundo-Campazzo-Could-Leave-Real-Madrid-To-Sign-With-Wolves
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/14/2020 11:06:36 AM   
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29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/14/2020 11:06:47 AM   
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Known as a great defender

Campazzo is small and kind of old, but he has been named Defensive Player of the Year in Spain and there are several YouTube videos dedicate to his defense.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqQvbjPcm80&t=175s
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/15/2020 10:29:36 AM   
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Getting more interested. He's got some real skills:

https://youtu.be/ELs8k1Frcg4
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/15/2020 3:56:35 PM   
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Sounding more and more like the Kings will hire Gupta.

My fear is his first move will be to hire Vanterpool as HC.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/16/2020 5:40:17 PM   
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Darren Wolfson@DWolfsonKSTP
Hear that #Timberwolves associate head coach David Vanterpool's Zoom interview with the Indiana Pacers is tomorrow.

Vanterpool in the mix in Ind. and Chi., and likely N.O.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/16/2020 8:26:09 PM   
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Shams Charania@ShamsCharania
The Sacramento Kings are hiring Houston Rockets assistant GM Monte McNair as new head of basketball operations, sources tell me and @sam_amick.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/17/2020 8:57:55 AM   
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ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?

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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/17/2020 11:02:58 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?


Yeah. Not a bad comp.

More rugged than Rubio, so a little different style of defense. Campazzo is more of a bulldog, while Rubio uses his length to disrupt.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/17/2020 11:09:14 AM   
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ORIGINAL: David Levine

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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?


Yeah. Not a bad comp.

More rugged than Rubio, so a little different style of defense. Campazzo is more of a bulldog, while Rubio uses his length to disrupt.

Seems like he's a better finisher than Rubio.

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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/17/2020 11:16:15 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Elliot

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?


Yeah. Not a bad comp.

More rugged than Rubio, so a little different style of defense. Campazzo is more of a bulldog, while Rubio uses his length to disrupt.

Seems like he's a better finisher than Rubio.


A better shooter too. Although that is not much of a reach

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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/17/2020 11:23:44 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

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ORIGINAL: Elliot

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

quote:

ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?


Yeah. Not a bad comp.

More rugged than Rubio, so a little different style of defense. Campazzo is more of a bulldog, while Rubio uses his length to disrupt.

Seems like he's a better finisher than Rubio.


A better shooter too. Although that is not much of a reach


Pretty close. For their careers:

Campazzo: 40/34/82
Rubio: 39/33/84

And they're both all over the place - especially from 3:

Rubio's last 3 years: 35, 31, 36

Campazzo last year shot 40% In 21 Liga ACB games and 31% in 28 Euroleague games.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/21/2020 3:17:48 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

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ORIGINAL: Elliot

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

quote:

ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

quote:

ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?


Yeah. Not a bad comp.

More rugged than Rubio, so a little different style of defense. Campazzo is more of a bulldog, while Rubio uses his length to disrupt.

Seems like he's a better finisher than Rubio.


A better shooter too. Although that is not much of a reach

Looks good for the Wolves. Is this a sign that Rossa is not interested in Melo for the Wolves?
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/21/2020 4:24:18 PM   
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ORIGINAL: ruffenach

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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

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ORIGINAL: Elliot

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ORIGINAL: David Levine

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ORIGINAL: Hats4Bats

quote:

ORIGINAL: David Levine

29 years old. 5'10, 190 lbs.

Career 40/34/82 shooter.


A smaller Ricky Rubio?


Yeah. Not a bad comp.

More rugged than Rubio, so a little different style of defense. Campazzo is more of a bulldog, while Rubio uses his length to disrupt.

Seems like he's a better finisher than Rubio.


A better shooter too. Although that is not much of a reach

Looks good for the Wolves. Is this a sign that Rossa is not interested in Melo for the Wolves?


No.

First, we haven't signed him. We're just one of the teams looking at him. We may have genuine intrest, or we could be linked to him because Pablo Prigioni briefly coached him in Spain.

Second, you don't base your drafting around a 29 year-old that has never played a second in the NBA.
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/27/2020 1:03:15 PM   
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www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29984989/minnesota-timberwolves-guard-malik-beasley-facing-felony-weapons-drug-charges

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was arrested Saturday and is being held without bail on felony weapons and drug charges in Minneapolis, according to police records.

Beasley, who averaged 20.7 points in 14 games with the Timberwolves after being traded by the Denver Nuggets, is charged with felony controlled substance/narcotics and felony receiving/concealing stolen property, according to Hennepin County Jail records.

Beasley, 23, was arrested after brandishing a gun at someone who then called police, according to sources. After obtaining a search warrant, officers found marijuana and guns in his home in Plymouth, Minnesota, the sources told ESPN.

"We are aware of the situation involving Malik Beasley and are in the process of gathering information at this time," the Timberwolves said in a statement.

A spokesman for the Plymouth Police Department declined comment because it is an open investigation.

"At the time of the incident, multiple individuals were present at the residence," Steve Haney, Beasley's attorney, told ESPN in a statement. "The allegations against Malik will be defended vigorously."
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RE: Wolves 2019 Game Day - 9/27/2020 7:42:11 PM   
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I heard that Beasley has been released and no charges have been filed.

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