MINNEAPOLIS The trash bag squeaked as he squeezed his way out of the locker room.
Mickael Gelabale had shoes. Too many pairs of them, and so he loaded them into the bag and took them to give away to friends. It was time to start clearing out the locker, anyways. The final home game was done, a 96-80, lifeless, sputtering loss in which Gelabale played just 3:55.
He's come a long way this season, the 29-year-old French forward. He came from Europe in January, confident enough to accept a 10-day contract across the Atlantic. He got that one, and then another, and then finally a deal through the end of the season.
But that deal is up, and so while Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger talked casually of coordinating offseason workouts in Arizona, Gelabale dispensed with shoes. What else was there to do?
It's hard to say whether Gelabale will be back. He's a hard worker, a nice guy, a pleasant piece in the locker room, but he's a symptom. He's a symptom of his team...