Bucher: Timberwolves To Amnesty Darko To Make Batum Offer Sheet

Ric Bucher of reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves plan to use their amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic to free up cap space to make an offer to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum. --------------------------- The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, a league source says. ... The Timberwolves were in talks to trade for Batum, offering two first-round picks and acquiring Kyle Korver from the Bulls in exchange for a second-round pick, a league source said. But the teams were not able to agree to a trade. --------------------------- Sam Amick of has confirmed Minnesota's amnesty decision. Darko is on the books for $5.2 million in 2012-13 and $5.7 million in 2013-14, but the last year is only partially guaranteed. ed: text edited, bumped to front page