Wolves expected to make a few more moves before training camp opens
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Before the Wolves open training camp Oct. 2 expect a transaction or two.
The Wolves are $473,000 under the salary cap, but can offer a free agent the veteran's minimum.
Regional scout Milton Barnes watched free-agent center Hassan Whiteside in a pickup game Monday in Houston. Whiteside was the 33rd pick in the 2010 draft by Sacramento. He has spent a majority of his two years playing in the D-League.
Free-agent big man Andray Blatche, who two years ago averaged 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game with Washington, also was at the Houston gathering.
Blatche was waived using the amnesty clause in June and is said to be open to taking the minimum. Frankly, this late into the process, he has little to no leverage.
Mehmet Okur, perhaps the best available center, is seeking more than the minimum. A source close to him said the Wolves are a "long shot" to secure his services.
Josh Harrellson, recently waived by Houston, is not an option. The Wolves told his camp that they're looking for someone with more length.
Chris Andersen, formerly of Denver, fits the length criteria. But the Wolves are not in his mix.
The Wolves are still maintaining dialogue with free agent Anthony Tolliver. Like Okur, the strong belief is he won't settle for the minimum. The Wolves have told him to be patient as they possibly attempt to make a trade to create more space under the salary cap.
One free -agent possibility to remember next summer is FC Barcelona forward Joe Ingles. He has an NBA opt-out clause in his contract at that point.
Ingles was a teammate of Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio with FC Barcelona during the 2010-2011 season. David Kahn, the Wolves president of basketball operations, has had several discussions with Ingles' agent.