I’ve been away for the last few days at my high school reunion. It’s an odd feeling to see a group of people that you haven’t seen for 10 years, many of which you probably won’t see again for another 10 years. You don’t really get that anywhere else in life.
Anyway, much has happened while I was away, including some breaking news today.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Yahoo Sports, have acquired guard/forward Quentin Richardson from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Sebastian Telfair and forwards Craig Smith and Mark Madsen.
I like this trade – don’t love it, but like it – for a number of reasons:
- Salary cap space. Only in the NBA are expiring bad contracts so valuable. Richardson recently exercised his nearly $10 million player option for this season, but he will be a free agent prior to the 2010-11 season. The Wolves could be players in free agency next offseason.
- Shooting guard depth. Other than first-round pick Wayne Ellington, the Wolves have no other shooting guards on their roster. Richardson’s not a game-changing player, but he is 29 years old and has experience. Hopefully, he understands this is a rebuilding team and doesn’t feel the need to take a tremendous amount of shots. The Wolves can’t lose sight of developing their younger players.
- What was given up? Telfair? Madsen? Hardly two players the Wolves will miss. And while I like Smith, he’s of little value to a team that has Kevin Love and Al Jefferson already at power forward.
In short, the Wolves didn’t exactly turn lemons into lemonade by getting Richardson. But I doubt many fans will sour on the move.
And if you’re former NDSU point guard Ben Woodside, the loss of Telfair might even help your chances of making this team too.
Twins sign 2B Grudzielanek
The Minnesota Twins probably have pulled the plug on any Freddy Sanchez trade rumors by signing veteran second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to a minor league deal.
Grudzielanek hasn’t played in the big leagues since last season with Kansas City. He’s known as a solid player with over 2,000 career hits and a good glove.
Assuming the 39-year-old is still in good shape, he could help the Twins in a few weeks if Alexi Casilla can’t carry his weight at the big league level. Heck, if Casilla could HIT his weight, that would be an improvement.
Shaq pays tribute to the "King of Pop"
I was hearing on the radio on the way back to Fargo-Moorhead about this video tribute that NBA players Shaquille O’Neal and Damon Jones had made in honor of Michael Jackson.
Well, here it is. And it’s great. It’s a remake the knife fight in "Beat it." I absolutely love the slow-motion stuff in it. So funny.
I just never tire of Shaq’s act. I was a big fan of his growing up. He seems to have a pretty good sense of humor.