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The true madness of this year’s NBA free agent class — the first group to cash in on the bloated TV contract that will goose the salary cap from $70 million to $94 million from last year to this year — won’t come from superstars like Kevin Durant or LeBron James. Insomuch as anyone deserves to make tens of millions of dollars a year to play a game, the very best of the best do. The real ridiculousness will be in the overpaid middle class. When this rising tide lifts all boats, they will be there starting Friday — ready to upgrade to yachts. Among the most notable players in this mix: Joakim Noah. Wolves fans for a while thought Noah — the 31-year-old former Bulls big man coming off an injury-marred season in which he averaged just 4.3 points — might be a good fit to rejoin former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. But if a report from the Washington Post is accurate, you can forget that — and gladly. The Post reports Noah is “almost certainly” going to sign with the Knicks once free agency officially begins Friday, at a price tag of $18 million per season. This is not a misprint: $18 million per season. If that’s the going rate for a guy like Noah this year, the Wolves are best off waiting this thing out. As this piece suggests, Minnesota is still likely to trade Ricky Rubio — and after the free agent rush leaves some teams broke and others desperate, dealing him will likely be the smartest and most cost-effective way to upgrade the roster. But good for the Knicks. They’re gearing up for a pretty nice run at the 2011 NBA title.

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Report: Kevin Durant to return to OKC

Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler and Amy Campbell discuss the report on Thursday that Kevin Durant will return to the Oklahoma ...

StarTribune Timberwolves | 478 days ago | 145 Ballers sent

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Joakim Noah for $18 million a year? Forget it, Wolves fans, the Knicks ...

The true madness of this year’s NBA free agent class — the first group to cash in on the bloated TV contract that will goose the salary cap from $70 million ...

StarTribune Timberwolves | 478 days ago | 187 Ballers sent

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Kevin Durant Could Help the Suns get Blake Griffin

Free Agency will begin at midnight July 1st, and although teams won't be able to officially offer players contracts until after the moratorium July 6th, teams will be lining up to sign ...

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Meeks deal ups Pistons war chest – and makes free agency that much more ...

Tristan Thompson finds a cutting LeBron James who throws down the sick reverse stuff.

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Timberwolves Notes: Durant interest, plus other free agents

Free agency begins in earnest at 11 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, but we're beginning to get more of a glimpse into what the Timberwolves are looking at doing. ...

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