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Updated: June 27th, 2012 3:02pm
Notebook: Wolves executive confirms team has interest in Brandon Roy

Notebook: Wolves executive confirms team has interest in Brandon Roy

by Judd Zulgad
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in Brandon Roy and have been in contact with the free-agent guard.

David Kahn, the Wolves' president of basketball operations, confirmed the interest during a pre-draft news conference Wednesday in which newly acquired forward/guard Chase Budinger was introduced at Target Center.

The NBA draft is Thursday night and right now the Wolves only have a second-round pick (58th overall) after dealing the 18th-overall selection to Houston for Budinger on Tuesday.

"I don't want to talk about that other than to say we're interested in him," Kahn said when asked what the Wolves saw in Roy.

Two league sources told 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson on Monday that the Wolves planned on making the three-time All-Star a two-year contract offer. The money is unknown.

Roy, 27, sat out the 2011-2012 season because he lacks cartilage between the bones of both of his knees. He would likely have to pass an extensive physical before signing anywhere.

While still a clear injury concern, he is training hard in his hometown of Seattle to make a comeback.

Roy will sign when NBA free agency opens on Sunday or after, and there's a strong belief that he'll favor a championship contender, not a cusp-playoff team. Roy went as far as to use friend Will Conroy's Twitter account on June 15 to announce his desire to return.

Not done yet

Kahn said the Wolves are getting "calls all the time on our players," and made it clear that the Budinger trade likely wasn't his final move.

"I wouldn't say what move (we would make), but you should assume there will be other changes made," Kahn said. "I'm pretty confident in stating that today. How many? What type? That I can't clarify. But we're very active, and I'm confident we'll be able to do some other things as well."

As for the chance that the Wolves might try to get back into the first round of the draft on Thursday, Kahn said that if that happened, "it would be very targeted for one or two players that I think we still have some interest in."

"I don't think we would just jump in just for the sake of jumping in," he said.

No decisions yet

With three days to go before the June 30th deadline to make qualifying offers to Michael Beasley ($8.1 million) and Anthony Randolph ($4 million), Kahn said no decisions have been made.

Beasley and Randolph will be restricted free agents if qualifying offers are made to them. That would mean the Wolves can match any offers those players receive. Failure by the Wolves to make an offer, however, would mean Beasley and Randolph would hit the unrestricted market.

The Wolves also have until Saturday to buy out Martell Webster's contract for a small portion of his $5.7 mllion salary.

"Those (decisions) will be made on the 30th. The last day," Kahn said. "If they're necessary to be made that day."

The feeling is the Wolves' acquisition of Budinger, a shooting guard and small forward, means that Webster won't be back and the $5.7 million will be spent elsewhere.

Rubio progressing

Point guard Ricky Rubio, who underwent surgery in late March to reconstruct the torn ACL and LCL in his left knee that he suffered on March 9 against the Los Angeles Lakers, was accompanied by Kahn last week for his regular checkup.

"The doctors are very pleased with his progress," Kahn said. "It was a very, very upbeat checkup."

Kahn made no promises about when Rubio might be back on the court when asked if he could be ready for the start of training camp.

"I would never put that kind of pressure on him," Kahn said. "The start of camp is pretty accelerated. That's only late September. ... We're only three months into this. That's not very long.

"The last thing I'd like to do at this early stage is start coming up with dates and timetables. He just needs to keep making the steady progress he's making. I believe that whenever he comes back, the most important thing is that he comes back better, stronger and secure, more than ever."

With Rubio returning to Spain, Kahn said the Wolves will send somebody from their training staff with him. "I think you can not take any chances," Kahn said. "It's not that we don't trust people in other parts of the world, or across the street for that matter, but I just felt very strongly. So we have Andrew Tai, our physical therapist, flew with him Tuesday. Somebody from the Timberwolves will be with him literally every day he's not here in Minnesota.

"His checkups are about every six weeks. So he'll be back in Colorado ... the next time I'll see him probably would be that last part of July."

Jump shot

• Kahn said the Wolves haven't talked to the agent for 6-9 Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu, whom the team also received from Houston in the Budinger trade. Eliyahu is 26 years old and was a second-round pick in 2006. "(It's) not for lack of trying," to talk to his agent, Kahn said, "we've just missed each other." Kahn said the situation regarding what Eliyahu's contractual status is with his club team will be figured out in the next 48 to 72 hours.

Darren Wolfson contributed.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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