Jim Gray just reported that the Wolves told the Lakers that the package of Odom & Bynum was not enough. Then he went on to report the Suns can send Shawn Marion to Boston. They can also send Kurt Thomas to the Wolves. In exchange, they receive the 7th pick from Minnesota along with Kevin Garnett. Boston Theo Ratliff and Al Jefferson to Minnesota as well as the 5th pick in the draft. .
This was just reported on ESPN News and the Star Tribune blog has this to say:
Star Tribune Blog: 3) What deal is the best fit? It still seems as though a three-way trade with Boston and Phoenix has the best pieces, if the Celtics are willing to take Shawn Marion. Boston deals Al Jefferson and the No. 5 to MP109; Suns deal one of their late first-rounders this year and Atlanta’s unprotected first-round pick in 2008 and two bloated, expiring contracts to MP109; Suns get KG; Celtics get Marion. Or something close to that, with perhaps Boston getting a little extra from one of the two teams. MP109 should be seeking an up-and-comer who has already proven something but not everything (Jefferson), 2-3 draft picks and expiring contracts. The four-way trade that apparently died, involving MP109, Boston, Indiana and L.A. was intriguing, but as the popular (and surging) blog GetGarnett.com notes, “Can anyone see three ex-Celtics (Kevin McHale, Larry Bird and Danny Ainge) getting together to save the Lakers?”
4) What’s going to happen? Nothing new has been reported this morning (as far as we can tell), but the involvement of owner Glen Taylor (talking with the Lakers this past Friday and reportedly set to appear in the Wolves offices this morning before departing for China on a honeymoon), along with how quickly this has jumped from rumor to serious discussion helps to build a strong case that a deal, while perhaps not imminent, is more likely to happen at some point than unlikely to happen.