Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Timberwolves Exercise Options On Towns, Jones

    CBS Minnesota "The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Sunday they have exercised contract options on Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones. Towns and Jones were both selected by the Timberwolves in the 2016 NBA Draft and are entering their third seasons in Minnesota. Towns was the No. 1 overall pick and the..." October 16

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins signs multiyear extension

    ESPN "The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward Andrew Wiggins to a multiyear contract extension. The Timberwolves did not announce terms of the deal, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that the sides agreed on the maximum five-year, $148 million extension. "I'm very excited to..." October 11

  • Butler recounts history with Thibodeau: 'We couldn't stand each other'

    SI "The self-titled Garbage Guy from small-town Texas who grew up on Spam and syrup sandwiches, who waited tables at Denny’s and mowed lawns in basketball shoes, who played one game of AAU (“travel ball,” he called it) and never left the bench, who received a single scholarship offer out of high..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Thibodeau: Timberwolves 'can't wait on potential any longer'

    Clutch Points "Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most improved teams in the league. With two rising stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves traded for Jimmy Butler and signed Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford. While it will take..." October 09

  • How the Wolves Could Get By Without Much Shooting

    The Sports Post "As another NBA chapter nears, it’s time for our season previews. Well would you look at the Wolves… Expected Conference Ranking: 6th Best Move of the Offseason: They got Jimmy Butler for a potential 6th man of the year coming off of a torn ACL, the worst offensive player in the NBA, and a..." October 08

  • Andrew Wiggins Plans To ‘Eventually’ Sign Extension

    Hoops Rumors "With the October 16 deadline barely a week away, it’s not clear why Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins hasn’t signed a five-year, $148MM extension, writes Sam Amick of USA Today. Minnesota made the offer two months ago in hopes of securing the former No. 1 pick for the long term. Wiggins..." October 08

  • NBA games in China a rousing success, but come at a cost

    USA Today "Joe Lacob had been resting for quite some time. Inside a private airport outside of the city of Shenzhen on Thursday night, about an hour’s drive from where his Golden State Warriors had fallen to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a preseason affair that tipped off at 2 p.m. local time, the..." October 07

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA GMs Choose Towns, Giannis As Players They'd Choose To Build Around

    Real GM Basketball "Karl-Anthony Towns was voted the player general managers would choose to build a franchise around if they were starting from scratch. Towns received 29 percent of the vote. Giannis Antetokounmpo ranked second at 21 percent, followed by LeBron James at 18 percent, Kawhi Leonard at 14 percent and..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • Tom Thibodeau sees China trip as opportunity for new-look Timberwolves to learn

    ESPN "The Minnesota Timberwolves underwent a significant makeover this offseason, and coach Tom Thibodeau expects to learn more about his new-look team during next week's trip to China, where the Wolves will play two games against the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Shenzhen and..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Andrew Wiggins: ‘Me and Jimmy Butler are Going to Be a Problem’

    SLAM Online "Andrew Wiggins says his newly-formed partnership with Jimmy Butler is “going to be a problem” for Timberwolves opponents. Wiggins isn’t the only player in Minnesota with high hopes for the 2017-18 campaign. The 22-year-old fired his agent and is patiently negotiating a five-year, $148..." September 25

  • Andrew Wiggins mulling Minnesota Timberwolves' max offer without agent

    NBA.com "Andrew Wiggins has a five-year, $148 million contract offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves sitting right in front of him just waiting to be signed. In his typical, laid-back fashion, Wiggins is greeting the life-changing money with a shrug of the shoulders and a "what's the big deal?" Even..." September 23

  • Wiggins, Wolves Nearing Five-Year, $148M Max Contract

    Real GM Basketball "Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to soon finalize a five-year, $148 million max contract. Wiggins was the first overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Kansas by the Cleveland CAvaliers and was subsequently traded to the Wolves in the Kevin Love trade. Wiggins averaged..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Timberwolves agree to deal with veteran point guard Aaron Brooks, source says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "For months, the Timberwolves have wanted to bolster their point guard depth with the addition of one more veteran. They got it done on the eve of training camp, agreeing to a deal with Aaron Brooks, a source confirmed Thursday night. Brooks, 32, averaged five points and 1.9 assists in 13.8..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Timberwolves expect Andrew Wiggins to sign extension soon

    Fanrag Sports "If all goes according to plan, Andrew Wiggins will be a very rich man by this time next week. The Minnesota Timberwolves and the young forward are expected to come to terms on a five-year, $148 million extension before Saturday’s first practice. This news comes from ABC5’s Darren Wolfson, who..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • Wolves Sign Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble

    Real GM Basketball "The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward Amile Jefferson and guard Melo Trimble. Jefferson, 24, played with the Timberwolves in the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 2.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 11.0 minutes in five games. He was a fifth-year senior at Duke University in 2016-17..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Stephon Marbury Says His ‘Numbers’ Are Worthy Of The Basketball Hall of Fame

    Dime Magazine "Stephon Marbury may be attempting an NBA comeback, but he says it’s not for a Hall of Fame push. That’s because the 40-year-old says he already has Hall of Fame numbers. Marbury spoke to SI Now on Thursday and said his career numbers both in the NBA and playing in China are enough to justify..." September 15

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Nate Robinson working out for Timberwolves

    Larry Brown Sports "Could Tom Thibodeau be bringing in yet another one of his ex-Bulls players? Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN relayed on Wednesday that Nate Robinson was among a group of players working out for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 33-year-old Robinson last played in the league during the 2015-16..." September 14

  • Shabazz Muhammad To Re-Sign With Wolves For $1.6M

    Real GM Basketball "Shabazz Muhammad has agreed to re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum of $1.6 million. Muhammad will have his Bird Rights restored with the Wolves for the 2018 offseason. Muhammad became an unrestricted free agent this offseason but still returned..." September 12

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Stephon Marbury says he's attempting a comeback

    Click On Detroit "Former NBA star Stephon Marbury said on Twitter Tuesday that he's "working on" an NBA comeback. Marbury, now 40-years-old, hasn't played in the NBA since 2009, when he played for the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics. Marbury, who was drafted in 1996 by..." September 12

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Former Minnesota prep stars come in to work out for Wolves

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Still needing to fill at least three more rosters spots, the Timberwolves auditioned a smattering of free agents Wednesday morning in a workout that included many of their signed players now that training camp is little more than two weeks away. The list included players such as power forwards..." September 07

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Jimmy Butler says he feeds off confrontation unlike his former coach, Fred Hoiberg

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler was traded from the Bulls to the Timberwolves in one of the real stunning moves of the summer. Butler is a bona fide star and not a player that most franchises would give up on. But his personality was always an awkward fit in Chicago. One of those clashes was with Bulls coach Fred..." September 06

  • Pelicans, Timberwolves Vying For Dante Cunningham

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans are intent on re-signing forward Dante Cunningham, but the Timberwolves have been aggressively pursuing his services as well, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Twitter). Over the course of the past three seasons, Cunningham has started 108 games for the Pels, establishing..." August 30

  • Celtics had concerns how Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward would mesh

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Boston Celtics got their man this summer — they signed Gordon Hayward as a free agent. Didn’t cost them one of their trade assets. The Celtics are on the verge of adding a new All-Star to play with him in Kyrie Irving, if and when that trade involving Isaiah Thomas finally goes through...." August 30

  • Tom Thibodeau expects Timberwolves’ free agency moves soon

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The free-agency waiting game appears to be near completion, at least according to Tom Thibodeau. The Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations acknowledged “everything has moved a lot slower this summer” in NBA free agency, in part because teams have less money to throw..." August 29

  • Kevin Durant wonders who will be willing to sacrifice to win in Minnesota

    Pro Basketball Talk "No doubt, the Minnesota Timberwolves are now one of the most talented young teams in the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns is the best young center in the game and a true franchise cornerstone. They added Jimmy Butler, an All-NBA player who is a force on both ends. They have Andrew Wiggins, who averaged..." August 28

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