Ohio State freshman Greg Oden will make himself available for the NBA draft today, a family friend said last night.
"There will be a release in the morning from Ohio State. Greg Oden will be hiring an agent," said Al Powell, who has been a party to meetings between Oden and two other Buckeyes freshmen stars considering the draft.
As for the two others, Powell was less specific.
"Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook will not be hiring an agent at this time," said Powell, a paid assistant coach at Dayton's Dunbar High School who helped coach all three players when they played AAU ball.
If Conley and Cook do not hire agents, they'll retain the option of returning to school next fall. College underclassmen have until midnight April 29 to declare whether they intend to make themselves available for the draft.
The Columbus Dispatch and FoxSports.com, citing unidentified sources, first reported that Oden, Conley, and Cook will issue a statement through the school today declaring their intention to enter the draft.
"I don't want to walk away with the team in this state," said McHale, who said this year's team resembled the "dysfunctional" squad he inherited when he was named vice president in 1995.
In a season-ending news conference, McHale addressed a long, frustrating year in which his Wolves finished 32-50 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
"It was a bad season. There's no other way you can say it," McHale said. "It was a bad year and I did a bad job. That's the way it is."
Many fans have become frustrated with McHale for not surrounding Garnett with a more competitive team. Minnesota hasn't made the playoffs since 2004, and fans have grown impatient after watching McHale assemble a team filled with small guards and big contracts.
Problems started in January when McHale fired coach Dwane Casey with the Timberwolves at 20-20. Wittman took over in a move that McHale hoped would jump-start the lethargic team, but the Wolves went 12-30 with the taskmaster at the helm.
"I don't think it ever became an experiment," McHale said. "It became a disaster, but I don't think it became an experiment. It didn't work well."