Draft Picks Coming: 2014 second round (Golden State); 2014 second round (New Orleans); 2015 second round (Denver); 2017 second round (New Orleans, protected 31-55)
Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Phoenix, 1-13); 2015 second round (to Portland)
Trade Exceptions: Malcolm Lee ($762,195), expires June 27, 2014
Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax
Amnesty Provision: Used on Darko Milicic (2012)
Stretch Provision: Available
|Luc Mbah a Moute||$4,590,000||$4,380,000|
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Flip Saunders had a busy first offseason as Minnesota’s new GM, adding pieces that should make the Timberwolves better – and keep Kevin love in town.
Love wasn’t exactly enthralled with previous GM David Kahn, who did not offer him the five-year maximum extension and made some questionable roster acquisitions. Saunders has spent the summer plugging holes while keeping the team’s payroll under control.
Even after re-signing center Nikola Pekovic to a five-year, $60 million extension, the Wolves are under the luxury tax threshold. Not bad when you consider Pekovic’s salary was doubled, Chase Budinger got a big raise and Saunders added shooting guard Kevin Martin and reserve wing Corey Brewer at a combined $12 million.
Saunders gained some flexibility when Andrei Kirilenko foolishly declined his $10 million option and became a free agent in search of similar money in a multiyear deal. Kirilenko was squeezed by the market, and by unloading Luke Ridnour to Milwaukee, Saunders got the cap room he needed to land Martin and Brewer.
In the fall of 2014, Saunders will have to make a decision on an extension for Ricky Rubio. The following summer, Love can opt out of his deal, so the Wolves need to end their playoff drought ASAP.