Look for the Timberwolves to make newcomer Al Jefferson a five-year contract offer soon in the $50 million range. Jefferson, who plans to buy former Wolves coach Dwane Casey's Minneapolis townhouse when he gets a new deal, will have until Oct. 31 to accept or reject the offer.
There is nothing to a rumor that new Timberwolf Juwan Howard could be traded to the Boston Celtics to be a teammate of Kevin Garnett. Howard came to the Wolves with the understanding that he would play with Garnett, who later was traded to Boston. Several teams could become trade possibilities for Howard under certain scenarios, but the Celtics are not among them.