L.A. Times: If Monday brought expectation and exhilaration to Lakers fans, Tuesday delivered silence.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor met with team officials in Minneapolis and then left for a honeymoon in China without signing off on a deal to send Kevin Garnett to the Lakers for a package including Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, which put the Garnett-to-L.A. scenarios back where they were a week ago — remote territory.
The buzz in the Lakers organization after owner Jerry Buss spoke with Taylor a few days ago was replaced by the fact that Kevin McHale’s initial reaction to the trade proposal had carried over into Tuesday.
McHale, the Timberwolves’ vice president of basketball operations, felt the Lakers don’t possess a good enough pick in Thursday’s draft (19th overall) or enough promising youth beyond Andrew Bynum to part with Garnett.
Furthermore, The Times has learned that the Timberwolves are not overly enamored with Odom’s contract, which has two more years worth $27.4 million with no opt-out.