By Jerry Zgoda
Sat down with David Kahn for about an hour this afternoon for a camp-opening Q-and-A session that will run in Monday’s paper to preview that day’s media day and Tuesday’s opening of training camp in Mankato.
Wearing a NBA cap emblazoned with “Destination: Finals” and with flu medication in hand, he talked on a variety of subjects — some of which I’ll touch on here — before newly acquired Antonio Daniels entered his Target Center office as I left.
A smattering of things:
* He put Daniels in the same category as traded-away Quentin Richardson and absent Mark Blount. Daniels, 34, was acquired from New Orleans earlier this month mainly because Kahn opened more cap space for next summer by trading Darius Songaila and the two years remaining on his contract away. Daniels wants to play significant minutes so he score another sizable contract next summer, a prospect that, barring injury, isn’t likely with the Wolves committed to Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions at point guard.
He said he would trade Daniels to a team where he can play more — as he did by dealing Richardson to Miami for Blount — if he can get a similar expiring $6.6 million contract in return. Kahn said he believes helping players in that situation if possible is a bit of goodwill that eventually will benefit the franchise with other players down the road.
* He expects Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer to be ready to participate fully when camp starts Tuesday, but said Jefferson might sit for portions or all of the second half of two-a-days as a precaution or if he’s sore in his return from February knee surgery.
* He said Oleksiy Pecherov, acquired in that draft-week trade with Washington, is the only player who won’t be ready Tuesday. Pecherov broke his hand while playing for his national team a month ago and Kahn said he expects him to be cleared to resume playing a week from today.
* He said he still considers Flynn the team’s starting point guard even with the signing of Sessions, although he said that decision belongs to new coach Kurt Rambis and training-camp play could change things.
* When I asked him which of his lesser publicized acquisitions might most surprise Wolves fans this season, he pondered and said the signing of Sasha Pavlovic.
* Expect him to soon announce a reconfigured front office that will reassign such employees as Jim Stack and Jerry Sichting in a beefed-up regional scouting system intended to prepare the team for next summer’s free-agency period. Fred Hoiberg and Rob Babcock could get new titles, but look for them to remain in the front office.
* Kahn said he expects he’ll be the only one (Mark Blount excepted, of course) who won’t be at the team’s media day Monday. Kahn won’t be there because Monday is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.