MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans and waived swingman Martell Webster as they prepare to file a formal offer to Portland restricted free agent Nicolas Batum.
The Wolves made the move on Friday, one day after using the amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic. The Wolves received a conditional second-round pick from the Hornets for Miller, who has said he will retire.
Webster was due to make about $5.7 million this season, but the Timberwolves executed a buyout that required them to pay just $600,000.
Timberwolves president David Kahn says the Wolves will submit the offer sheet, which is for four years and more than $45 million, to the league on Sunday night when Webster clears waivers. The Blazers will have three days to match and Portland GM Neil Olshey has been adamant that they will do just that.
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