Notebook: Wolves coach Kurt Rambis at prospect camp again on final day
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kurt Rambis was once again in attendance for the third and final day of the NBA draft prospect camp hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but there is still no clarity on his future with the team.
In a situation that has now become downright bizarre, Rambis was back at the workouts a day after surprising just about everyone with his presence. But unlike Monday, when the two were in different parts of the gym, Rambis was sitting next to president of basketball operations David Kahn during the media availability following the first session.
For a second straight day, neither Rambis or Kahn were made available to the media. The team had no statement about the strange coaching purgatory Rambis has found himself in, leaving it open for speculation who will be the coach when the NBA Draft rolls around in less than a month.
It has been six weeks since Kahn's three-ring circus of a season-ending press conference, in which he all but said Rambis was fired by dodging questions about the his future, saying he needed time to evaluate a coach that won just two more games (17) in his second season than he did in the first.
Rambis has not spoken publicly about his future since the season ended and Kahn has refused comment every step of the way. Until one of them does go on the record, this awkward and bizarre scenario of NBA franchise-turned-teenage melodrama will continue.
Overshadowed by the Rambis-Kahn quarrel is the fact there have actually been NBA hopefuls in town to workout for scouts and coaches.
The three-day camp gave guys projected to be late first-round and second round picks a chance to showcase themselves as they work towards the draft on June 23.
"I think overall it was a very successful camp," assistant general manager Tony Ronzone told the media Tuesday. "Overall it gave us a good look on a few first-rounders and second-round picks and, again, it is just nice to have them in our state and in our facility and in Minnesota."
The workouts were not attended by the high-profile players such as Duke's Kyrie Irving and Arizona's Derrek Williams, who could be the Wolves' target at No. 2 overall.
"Of course, you always want to get the number one, two, three, four, five players in here," Ronzone said, "but in this day-and-age, it doesn't work like that."
Love for Mack
One player Ronzone was particularly high on was Butler guard Shelvin Mack. Ronzone, who worked with Mack in the Team USA select team last summer, says he can play point guard at the next level.
"He was pretty impressive out there today," Ronzone said. "He can guard you, he can run a team, he is strong enough to bounce off ya and if you look at the NBA today, with Deron Williams and Derrick Rose you have these big point guards and you have to match up with those guys. ... For (Mack), trust me, you have a lot of interest in this league."
Florida's Chandler Parsons, Kansas' Josh Selby and UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt were among the bigger names that rounded out the final day of workouts.
Honeycutt is projected by multiple mock drafts to be available when the Wolves pick at No. 20, but Ronzone all but ruled out the 6-foot-8 shooting guard/small forward.
"He's interesting, he's a teaser, I'm still trying to figure him out, I know him but does he fit with us?," he said. "He kind of duplicates what we have with Wes Johnson so it probably doesn't make sense (drafting him)."
Finding a second?
The way it sits now, the Wolves will have two first-round picks but no second-round selections in the draft.
Of course, anyone familiar with Kahn's wheeling-and-dealing style of running an organization knows this all can, and likely will, change.
Ronzone made it no secret the team will be looking to acquire a second-round pick.
"You have to prepare for every scenario -- top, lower, and down at the end," Ronzone said. "We will probably end up with something down in that second round. I like second-rounders."
Free agent camp
Ronzone also announced the team will be hosting a free agent camp on June 2 and 3 to get a look at 15 unsigned players.
"These guys have played in the league," he said. "We are going to be the first team in the NBA to do this. There are a lot of teams doing free-agent camps, but we will be the first one. It is just a free look for us."
Former Memphis Grizzly Steven Hunter, former Washington Wizard Cedric Gordon and Quincy Douby of the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China are scheduled to attend, per Ronzone, who said a full list would be made available shortly.