Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
The Timberwolves roster could face significant changes based on contract decisions that need to be made Saturday, June 30, on forwards Michael Beasley and Martell Webster and backup center-forward Anthony Randolph.
All three have had key roles for the Wolves, but club management has the opportunity to free up more salary-cap space and move in a different direction if it decides not to extend their contracts by Saturday's midnight deadline.
Beasley and Randolph are due qualifying offers worth a combined $12.2 million. Both could become unrestricted free agents Sunday and would be free to sign with any team if they don't receive offers from the Wolves. The Wolves have team options on Webster and backup center Brad Miller, who announced his retirement after the 2011-12 regular season, that need to be resolved.
Buyouts can be negotiated with Webster and Miller, shaving approximately $10.8 million off the Wolves' player payroll.
If none of the four players returns, the Wolves could have available at least $22 million in additional salary-cap space, in the event a trade is generated with the Los Angeles Lakers to bring center- forward Pau Gasol to Minnesota. Gasol, the subject of trade rumors with the Wolves, has a guaranteed salary of more than $37 million over the final two years of his contract.
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