Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • 76ers targeted Ricky Rubio and Patrick Beverley via trade

    The Sports Daily "After a 10-win season, drafting Ben Simmons and some front-office shuffling, the Philadelphia 76ers sound ready to make a major splash. This isn’t much of a shocker, not with the team clutching a trio of talented big men in the form of Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. What is..." June 29

  • Timberwolves decline forward Damjan Rudez’s option for next season

    Today's Fastbreak "According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, the Minnesota Timberwolves have declined forward Damjan Rudez’s team option for next season. With the Timberwolves sending another sharpshooter to the open market, Rudez will now be forced to suit up for his third team..." June 28

  • Lizhang Jiang to be NBA's first Chinese minority owner

    ESPN "Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has sold shares in the team -- including to the NBA's first Chinese minority owner -- in a deal that will enable Taylor to remain the franchise's controlling owner into the future, sources told ESPN.com. Taylor announced last year that he planned to sell..." June 27

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Can the Timberwolves’ Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio Work Together?

    Dunking with Wolves "Now that the #5 pick is in, speculators across the board are wondering if it is set in stone that Ricky Rubio will be traded with Kris Dunn now in the fold. It is already known that his name was floated around in deals for Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler, and the team has also reportedly..." June 27

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Ricky Rubio Being Shopped Around, Possibly to Sixers

    The Sixer Sense "The Philadelphia 76ers are, not surprisingly, being brought up in several NBA Rumors so far this offseason. The Minnesota Timberwolves could be a potential trade suitor for the Sixers moving forward, as they look to be actively shopping their point guard Ricky Rubio. The Sixers were actually a..." June 25

  • Wizards lead four-team race for Joakim Noah in NBA free agency, sources say

    Sporting News "The summer of crazy spending in the NBA is only days away and it is likely to start in Washington. But we’re not talking about the Wizards’ pursuit of Kevin Durant, which most observers regard as slightly delusional. According to sources, the Wiz are locked in on making a major offer to Joakim..." June 24

  • Timberwolves have been shopping Rubio

    CBS Sports "Now that the Timberwolves have drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft, Ricky Rubio's time in Minnesota may be coming to an end. Dunn was the one rumored to be heading elsewhere in a couple of different reported trade talks. However, the Timberwolves look to be keeping..." June 24

  • Celtics Made Strongest Push For Jimmy Butler, Not Timberwolves

    NESN "Despite ongoing talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler still is a Chicago Bull. And it turns out the Timberwolves didn’t even make the strongest push for the shooting guard. The team that actually made the most enticing offer for Butler was the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s..." June 24

  • Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler

    Real GM Basketball "The trade talks the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves had on Jimmy Butler have broken down. The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Butler." June 23

  • Report: Talks ongoing between Bulls, Timberwolves regarding Butler

    The Score "Trade talks between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves involving Jimmy Butler broke down after Chicago demanded Zach LaVine over Ricky Rubio in the deal, The Vertical's Shams Charania reports, citing sources. However, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Minnesota is continuing to engage in..." June 23

  • Report: Ricky Rubio likely to be traded by Wolves

    Larry Brown Sports "Ricky Rubio’s future in Minnesota is likely coming to an end. The Timberwolves have a new regime in charge and drafted point guard Kris Dunn fifth overall on Thursday. Though there is no guarantee that they will keep Dunn, it sounds like they will be cutting Rubio loose soon. Minnesota’s new..." June 23

  • Wolves Select Kris Dunn with 5th Overall Pick

    Canis Hoopus "With the 5th overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Kris Dunn, the point guard out of Providence. Dunn was a four-year starter for the Friars and was named Big East Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons. This past season Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists,..." June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23

  • Andy Greer Leaving Raptors To Become Wolves' Top Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Andy Greer is leaving the Toronto Raptors to become the top assistant coach to Tom Thibodeau with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Greer served under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls from 2010 until 2015. Greer spent just one season with the Raptors. Greer's long previous stint before the Bulls..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Timberwolves interested in Nuggets' Faried

    The Score "The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in trading for Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, according to a source of the Sporting News' Sean Deveney. Faried apparently is a favorite of new Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, the two having served on USA Basketball's 2014 FIBA World Cup squad...." June 22

  • Calipari: Jamal Murray wants to be drafted by Timberwolves

    The Score "Jamal Murray's college coach says he knows where the star point guard's preferred landing spot is come Thursday's NBA Draft. "He loves Minnesota. As a matter of fact, that's where he'd like to go," John Calipari said of Murray during a conference call, as reported by the Minneapolis Star..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Rob Moor, CEO of Timberwolves and Lynx, Steps Down

    Bleacher Report "Rob Moor, who had served as the CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx since 2004, is stepping down from his high-ranking post, the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski reported Friday. The team announced Moor will move into a new position that helps owner Glen Taylor "in overseeing..." June 18

  • Five potential trade destinations for Derrick Rose

    Sportsnaut "While a lot of the talk surrounding the Chicago Bulls has involved Jimmy Butler, there’s a growing sense that the team might look to move former MVP Derrick Rose this summer instead. This makes a ton of sense for multiple reasons. First off, it’s become readily apparent that Butler and Rose..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Report: Bulls won’t trade Butler to Wolves without getting Wiggins

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Timberwolves reportedly want to trade for Jimmy Butler using the No. 5 pick as the centerpiece of a deal. Surprise, surprise: That’s not nearly enough. The Bulls reportedly wants Andrew Wiggins." June 15

  • Wolves interested in trading No. 5 pick for Jimmy Butler

    ESPN "The Minnesota Timberwolves are prepared to part with the No. 5 overall pick in this month's draft, as the centerpiece of a trade package, if they can use it to construct a deal for Chicago Bulls star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, in..." June 14

  • Andrew Wiggins will skip Olympics

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins on Friday became the latest NBA player to announce he will not participate in this summer's Olympic Games, although technically Wiggins, a member of Team Canada, was not a lock to get there anyway. Canada must compete in a qualifying tournament to earn a spot in the..." June 10

  • Would drafting Kris Dunn mean the end of Ricky Rubio in a Wolves jersey?

    Canis Hoopus "As momentum gains on the rumor that Minnesota favors Providence guard Kris Dunn in this draft - and vice versa - the question of Ricky Rubio's future with the team has never loomed larger. I've been avoiding his conversation for close to three weeks now because, quite frankly, I don't like the..." June 08

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Rubio may seek trade if Timberwolves miss playoffs again

    The Score "It sounds like Ricky Rubio has had just about enough of watching the NBA playoffs from home. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard said he might have to consider a future away from Minnesota if the team fails to reach the postseason again next year, he told Spain's Catalunya Radio, as..." June 06

  • Did Ricky Rubio Just Deliver A Playoffs Ultimatum To The Timberwolves?

    Uproxx "The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the throes of change, but it remains to be seen whether their fortunes will turn for the better. After a terrific rookie season from Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves installed Tom Thibodeau, former architect of league-leading defenses for the Chicago Bulls, as..." June 05

  • Timberwolves to pursue Joakim Noah

    The Score "Tom Thibodeau is looking to gather the troops now that he's back in the league. The Minnesota Timberwolves, headed up by Thibodeau, will reportedly chase Joakim Noah in free agency, sources tell Mitch Lawrence of The Sporting News. Noah, a nine-year veteran of the Chicago Bulls, will be an..." June 05

  • Should the Wolves pursue Joakim Noah this summer?

    Canis Hoopus "Reports surfaced Wednesday around noon indicating that Chicago Bulls' center Joakim Noah may be on his way out of the Windy City. An anonymous Bulls' player told the Chicago Sun-Time's Joe Cowley that "[Noah] has no trust in the front office getting [the team] going in the right direction" and..." June 02

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Timberwolves clean house, fire 9 front office and basketball staff

    The Score "The Tom Thibodeau era is officially underway in the Twin Cities, as the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the dismissal of nine front office executives, assistant coaches, and basketball support staff on Friday. Among those relieved of their duties were previous general manager Milt Newton, vice..." May 20

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Towns to wear Saunders' wedding ring around neck at draft lottery

    The Score "Newly crowned Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns will represent the Minnesota Timberwolves at the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday at the New York Hilton in New York City. The Timberwolves will have 88 ping-pong balls in the mix as a result of finishing the regular season with the fifth-worst..." May 16

  • Karl-Anthony Towns Named 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year

    Bleacher Report "Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns capped off a brilliant first season and was named the 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday. He became just the fifth unanimous winner of the award since 1984. Towns, 20, appeared in all 82 games this season and averaged 18.3 points, 10.5..." May 16

  • Wolves' Towns expected to be revealed as NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One year after Andrew Wiggins became the first Timberwolves player to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, teammate Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to make it back-to-back winners at a Target Center news conference Monday morning. The Wolves on Sunday said they would make a "major NBA..." May 16

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

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