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Timberwolves report: Notes, quotes

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--Jonny Flynn's injury could keep Sebastian Telfair with the Wolves longer than expected after the team acquired the former Timberwolves point guard and Delonte West from Cleveland for Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins and a 2013 second-round pick.

The Wolves waived West two days before an Aug. 5 deadline to do so, thus buying out his mostly non-guaranteed $4.6 million contract for $500,000.

Wolves boss David Kahn traded Telfair away last summer in a deal that sent him and Craig Smith to the Los Angeles Clippers and then brought him back to Minnesota in a move that was all about clearing the remaining three years and $12 million on Sessions' contract to make room for Luke Ridnour and ridding the team of two seasons left on Hollins' contract.

In doing so, Kahn traded away two players he signed last summer soon after he replaced Kevin McHale as the team's personnel boss.

Ridnour is a shooter who signed a four-year, $16 million contract nearly identical to the one Sessions signed with the Wolves last summer and who presumably is more suited for coach Kurt Rambis' triangle offense.

--The NBA fined David Kahn $50,000 and the franchise $50,000 for what it deemed inappropriate comments he made about newly acquired Michael Beasley.

Kahn told a Twin Cities radio station that Beasley smoked too much marijuana when he was in Miami and said Beasley told him his pot-smoking days are over.

Immediately after the league fined him, Kahn changed his policy with reporters and now requires them to funnel all requests through the team's media-relations department. Until then, reporters could text message or call his cell phone directly.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's kind of a schmuck, isn't he? Methinks that he spent a lot of time on NBA TV with a former Timberwolves person and he seemed to come into the interview with an agenda. Tough questions are fine, but I felt like he was a little defensive about some of the things." -- David Kahn in the same radio interview with ESPN1500 in the Twin Cities that got him fined for his Michael Beasley comments. This time, he was talking about a contentious interview with NBA TV analyst Chris Webber during a Las Vegas summer league game.

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