Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Jimmy Butler okay with last loss, “We need to humble our damn selves”

    ESPN "It's not often that you can find a positive after losing to one of the worst teams in the league. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler did. "We need to humble our damn selves," Butler told reporters after the Timberwolves fell to the Orlando Magic 108-102 on Tuesday night. "I'm glad we..." January 17

  • Magic guard Arron Afflalo throws punch at Timberwolves forward, both get ejected

    New York Daily News "A Tuesday night basketball game between the Magic and Timberwolves quickly turned into fight night. Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica got into a fight in the second quarter and were ejected from Tuesday's game. The two players shoved one another, before..." January 17

  • Wolves To Sign Amile Jefferson To Two-Way Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves will fill their open two-way contract slot by signing forward Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Charania adds that Jefferson will be a free agent this summer, meaning his new deal will just be a rest-of-season..." January 15

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Clippers proposed a Blake Griffin-for-Karl-Anthony Towns trade

    Clutch Points "The gears for a huge trade proposal are seemingly set in motion today by the L.A. Clippers, who have sent the Minnesota Timberwolves a ground shaking proposal involving Blake Griffin and Karl-Anthony Towns, per Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Before things get even more interesting,..." January 13

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Karl-Anthony Towns says Andrew Wiggins ‘underappreciated’ by media

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Timberwolves grabbed a convincing win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to grab their third straight win and third of the four meetings against their Northwest division foe. This saw an all-around offensive performance from the Timberwolves that featured Andrew Wiggins getting the..." January 11

  • NBA fines Isaiah Thomas $20,000 for striking Andrew Wiggins

    NBA.com "Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins above the shoulders, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. " January 10

  • Minnesota's future could hinge on Jimmy Butler's contract situation

    ESPN "The Minnesota Timberwolves' season is coming along the way Tom Thibodeau always envisioned when he started assembling his revamped roster over the summer. Jimmy Butler has played some of the best all-around basketball of his career recently and could garner some MVP votes if he maintains the..." January 09

  • Isaiah Thomas Got Ejected After Karate Chopping Andrew Wiggins’ Chin

    Uproxx "Isaiah Thomas is back on the floor for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the dynamic scoring guard has shown his ability to get buckets since making his debut after missing the start of the year due to a hip injury, Thomas is still apparently trying to iron out some wrinkles that have formed as he’s..." January 09

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: I Wanted To Be Able To Play Like Magic Johnson

    Real GM Basketball "Karl-Anthony Towns was trained by his father to work on a guard's ballhandling and shooting work first before moving onto big man's footwork and post-up drills. “When I was growing up everyone told me how they thought I should play the game of basketball, which was never the way I wanted to..." January 08

  • LaVar Ball is the founder of the NBA, according to Google

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball just keeps on padding his resume. To ring in the New Year, a Google glitch has everyone turning their heads to answer a common question: Who founded the NBA? For the time being, if users google to find out who the NBA's founder is, it turns up none other than Mr. Ball. Ball, who was..." January 02

  • Karl-Anthony Towns' shows his potential on defense with six blocks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns’ six blocked shots during a rollicking victory at Indiana on New Year’s Eve tied a career high reached twice before, but not since the first three months of his rookie season. His league-leading 29th double-double this season — 18 points, 14 rebounds — is..." January 01

  • Bulls PG Kris Dunn shades former coach Tom Thibodeau

    Yardbarker "Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn is enjoying a breakout sophomore season, and he seems to think the change in scenery has a lot to do with it. In an interview with David Aldridge of NBA.com that ran on Monday, Dunn threw shade at his ex-coach, Tom Thibodeau of the Minnesota..." January 01

  • Wolves reportedly concerned about Jeff Teague’s knee injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Jeff Teague went down with a knee injury towards the end of a win over Denver on Wednesday, and there is some anxiousness over the severity of it. The former All-Star was injured on a jump ball play late in the fourth quarter when Nuggets guard Gary Harris landed on him and rolled over his left..." December 28

  • Report: Shabazz Muhammad rejected four-year, $40 million contract extension last year

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bazz Muhammad – back when he went by Shabazz Muhammad – had his qualifying offer pulled by the Timberwolves then re-signed on a minimum contract last summer. If he’d been more proactive the prior offseason, he apparently would have been far better off. Zach Harper of FanRag Sports: He..." December 24

  • Meeting held to discuss tensions between refs, players

    ESPN "After Lee Seham, the general counsel for the National Basketball Referees Association, had grown increasingly dissatisfied working with the NBA on contentious issues between game officials and players, he called the players association's executive director, Michele Roberts: Let's get together and..." December 21

  • Is Tom Thibodeau really burning out his young Timberwolves? He has a rationale

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves won in the most un-Timberwolves way possible Monday night. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Wolves were down nine points to the Portland Trail Blazers in a game that would determine which team would hold fourth place in the Western Conference -- the top of the..." December 19

  • Jimmy Butler listed as questionable versus Blazers

    Clutch Points "NBAJimmy Butler listed as questionable versus Blazersby Victor GalvezDecember 18, 2017jimmy butler The Minnesota Timberwolves may play shorthanded on Monday when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers, as Jimmy Butler remains officially listed as questionable. He is suffering from a back injury,..." December 18

  • Jamal Crawford hoped to play more minutes when signing with Wolves

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For Jamal Crawford, learning how to be effective in the playing time he’s been given has been a challenge. Crawford, three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year, signed a two-year, $8.9 million contract with the Wolves last summer. Through 29 games the guard is averaging 17.7 minutes and 8.9..." December 18

  • Jamal Crawford seems unhappy about his playing time

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford has seen a noticeable decrease in his playing time this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it appears to be coming as something of an unpleasant surprise to him. Speaking with the media on Friday, Crawford talked about his 17 minutes per game..." December 15

  • Rumor: Hornets tried to trade for Jimmy Butler last spring

    Clutch Points "It appears that the Charlotte Hornets once attempted to make a big blockbuster trade last year, but fell short. The Hornets have struggled this year due to injuries, and their draft picks in recent years haven’t panned out. They once had hope to get better, but that hope seems all but lost, per..." December 15

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Kevin Garnett on Timberwolves ownership: “They suck”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are at odds. That should come as no surprise. Garnett has publicly said that he would like to buy out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor as opposed to partnering with him in someway for the team. For his part, Taylor has said that Garnett has failed to..." December 15

  • Joel Embiid Roasted Karl-Anthony Towns in Savage IG Exchange

    Complex "When Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid isn't dropping Game of Thrones theories or finally meeting LaVar Ball, he's perfecting his smack talk. Earlier this year he roasted Kevin Hart, engaged in a nuclear (Twitter) war with Hasan Whiteside, and recently went in on Jalen Rose. His recent target? Karl..." December 14

  • Shabazz Muhammad Expected $20M Per Season In Free Agency

    Real GM Basketball "Shabazz Muhammad turned down a four-year, $40 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves before the 16-17 season, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. According to sources, Muhammad saw the spending of the 2016 offseason with the cap increasing and believed he would..." December 14

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Kevin Garnett: I want to help buy out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, not partner with him

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Garnett’s rift with the Timberwolves – specifically owner Glen Taylor – is still going strong. Garnett, via Shlomo Sprung of Awful Announcing: “I don’t want to be partners with Glen [Taylor], and I wouldn’t want to be partners with Glen in Minnesota,” he said. “I would love to be part..." December 11

  • Kevin Garnett would love to remove Timberwolves owner

    Larry Brown Sports "The beef between Kevin Garnett and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is continuing. In an interview this week with Awful Announcing, Garnett said that he was interested in getting into ownership at some point, perhaps with the Wolves. But he added that he didn’t want to work with the..." December 09

  • Report: Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves Players Having ‘Chemistry Issues’

    SLAM Online "Tom Thibodeau and some Timberwolves players are reportedly at odds over his decision to play a tight, 8-man rotation. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Thibodeau’s mismanagement of minutes is creating “chemistry issues” in the locker room." December 07

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • Jimmy Butler Seems Annoyed With Extended Minutes Under Tom Thibodeau

    The Big Lead "Jimmy Butler led the NBA in minutes in Tom Thibodeau’s final two seasons in Chicago with 38.7 minutes per game. After Thibodeau was fired Butler’s minutes dropped under Fred Hoiberg, but he remained in the top-5. Now he’s back with Thibs in Minnesota and well… Butler had a pretty easy November,..." December 07

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • Tom Thibodeau is playing his Timberwolves starters a ton of minutes again

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This was the year things were maybe, possibly, going to be different for Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves and their bench. The Wolves had a wafer-thin bench in 2016-17, and it cost them countless times a disappointing 31-51 season. Minnesota’s reserves played the fewest minutes and scored the..." December 04

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Tom Thibodeau and Taj Gibson voice support for Derrick Rose

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and veteran big man Taj Gibson are voicing their support for embattled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose, who is apparently mulling over retirement, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. Of course, Thibodeau coached both Rose and Gibson..." November 30

  • Tom Thibodeau just wants Derrick Rose to find "peace of mind"

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau was asked after practice today about oft-injured and former league MVP Derrick Rose and Rose's decision this week to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers while he re-evaluates his future. Thibodeau coached Rose for five seasons in Chicago, including that MVP..." November 25

  • Butler rips Wolves' defense: 'It starts with me'

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Timberwolves wing Jimmy Butler was not happy after his team’s 109-97 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night, saying that the club needs to start playing some actual defense. “I would think time and time after going through the film, you watching yourself constantly getting your (butt)..." November 25

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Kevin Garnett doesn't expect a one-and-done rule change to help the NBA

    CBS Sports "Kevin Garnett is one of the more famous players to jump from high school to the NBA. He made the jump at a time where it was still considered rare for prospects and only something once-in-a-generation talents could succeed doing. Of course, 10 years later it was so common the NBA decided they had..." November 21

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Glen Taylor says Wolves have offered numerous times to retire KG’s number – they’re waiting on him

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Timberwolves are ready and willing to retire the most obvious candidate in franchise history. The question: Is he ready? Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Monday in a radio interview with 1500ESPN that he’s open to the idea of retiring Kevin Garnett’s No. 21. But Garnett has been “silent” on..." November 16

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Karl-Anthony Towns advocates benefits of medicinal marijuana

    ESPN "Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should allow players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The topic recently came up with the young star during a wide-ranging Q&A with ESPN. In it, Towns was asked what one change he would make if he were commissioner Adam..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Jimmy Butler sounds off on Wolves' defense following loss to Suns

    ESPN "Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler spoke some hard truths about the present and potential future of his team after a disappointing 118-110 loss to the Suns on Saturday night. "Offense will never be the problem all year long," Butler said. "All you're always going to hear about from..." November 12

  • Wolves' Butler vows to start scoring more 'right now'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Out in the Sonoran desert to play Phoenix on Saturday night, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler didn't go so far after practice Friday to declare there's a new sheriff in town. But he did promise he'll be a different player starting Saturday than the one who sought to involve his new teammates..." November 10

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