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Daily Jolt: Timberwolves trying to move into top five

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Thursday, June 27

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Wolves trying to move into top five

This time around, it's the front end of the NBA Draft that holds the intrigue, right from the start. The Wolves continue to try to move up higher in the draft to land either Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. The latest rumbles have them reaching out to the Magic, Bobcats and Suns offering Derrick Williams and the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in return for Orlando's No. 2 pick, Charlotte's No. 4 pick or Phoenix's No. 5 pick. ... There is a growing belief that Indiana's Cody Zeller is seriously in the mix for the Bobcats at No. 4 along with Alex Len, McLemore and Otto Porter ... provided that Charlotte keeps its pick. Bobcats GM Rich Cho is said to be a big Zeller fan, but word is he's having a tough time convincing ownership to take him at No. 4. (

A-Rod plotting return-and-retire before suspension

Alex Rodriguez has 114 million reasons to get back on the field. According to sources close to the ongoing drama surrounding the star-crossed Yankee third baseman, Rodriguez and his advisers are so concerned that Major League Baseball's drug posse is quickly closing in on him that they have racheted up the timetable for him to return to game action. Once he's back playing in rehab games, the sources say, he could then claim he is physically unable to perform because of the serious hip injury he is recovering from, "retire" from the game, and still collect the full amount of his salary -- $114 million over the next five years. "It's all about him getting his money and not losing it to suspension," one source close to the situation told the Daily News. (New York Daily News)Comment

Opportunity knocks for Tebow

Suddenly, there is a very large hole to fill in the Patriots offense. As folks like to say, when one door closes, another opens up. In this case, it's the clink of the cellblock closing in on Aaron Hernandez, and the heavens parting for Tim Tebow. The New England Patriots are in need of tight ends after Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning. Police charged Herandez with murder and five-related gun charges in connection to the death of Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance who was found dead in an industrial park near Hernandez's house. The Patriots immediately released Hernandez on Wednesday. The tragedy of Odin's death and the impact on his family will become a secondary story for talking heads in our celebrity-obsessed culture. Hernandez's misery is a win for Tebow. (Orlando Sentinel)Comment

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