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Updated: July 18th, 2012 3:09pm
Wolves want Anthony Tolliver back but he will have to be patient

Wolves want Anthony Tolliver back but he will have to be patient

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have made it clear they want forward Anthony Tolliver back, but the veteran will have to wait until the Nicolas Batum situation has been resolved before anything can be done, according to an NBA source.

There are four other teams interested in Tolliver, including Cleveland. The Cavaliers, however, are believed to be in talks for a possible three-team deal that would send Dwight Howard from Orlando to the Los Angeles Lakers.

That trade wouldn't be expected to lessen the Cavs interest in Tolliver, but Cleveland needs to wait to see if it ends up being part of the deal.

Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers were expected to announce Wednesday afternoon that they had matched the four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet that Batum, a restricted free agent, signed with the Wolves. The offer sheet was submitted to the NBA on Sunday and Portland had until 10:59 p.m. Wednesday to make an announcement.

Tolliver also likely would have to wait for the Wolves to finalize other deals, such as its agreement with guard Brandon Roy on a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Wolves also need to complete their deal with Russian guard Alexey Shved.

The Wolves renounced their rights to Tolliver last Friday. This was done in an attempt to clear cap space for the Batum offer sheet. In additions to the Cavaliers, the Bulls, Mavericks and Lakers all have reportedly expressed interest in Tolliver.

David Kahn, the Wolves president of basketball operations, is scheduled to meet with some agents on Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas. The Wolves have a summer league team playing in that city this week.

Kahn also had a personnel meeting with owner Glen Taylor and coach Rick Adelman on Wednesday.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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