Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • What's happened to Karl-Anthony Towns?

    Sporting News "The Timberwolves might not have entered their first-round matchup with the Rockets with expectations of upsetting the best team in the NBA, but they at least had the talent to make things interesting. With Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves have the star power to compete with..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Timberwolves’ Justin Patton Undergoes Foot Surgery

    Hoops Rumors "Timberwolves rookie center Justin Patton is done for the season, with the team announcing overnight in a press release that Patton has undergone surgery on his left foot. He will be out indefinitely, according to the Wolves. It’s the second time Patton has had surgery on the same foot within..." April 19

  • Karl-Anthony Towns on slow start to the playoffs:'No time to be frustrated'

    Sporting News "It's been a rough start to the playoffs for the Minnesota Timberwolves. For Karl-Anthony Towns, it couldn't get any worse. After struggling to find a rhythm in Game 1, his Timberwolves teammates acknowledged they had to do a better job of getting their big fella involved. Game 2 went far..." April 19

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Jeff Teague Implored The Timberwolves To Get Karl-Anthony Towns More Touches

    Uproxx "Nobody on the Minnesota Timberwolves played particularly well in Game 1 of their opening round matchup against the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, a 104-101 loss that put them down 1-0 in the series. Despite that, they have to be at least a little bit encouraged by the narrow margin of..." April 17

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Charles Barkley Called The Timberwolves ‘One Of The Dumbest Teams I’ve Ever Seen In My Life’

    Dime Magazine "The Minnesota Timberwolves were more competitive in Game 1 of their first round series against the Houston Rockets than many anticipated, holding a lead as late as the mid-fourth quarter in a 104-101 loss on the road. While the Wolves played well and kept things tight with the Rockets, there..." April 16

  • Tom Thibodeau on Karl-Anthony Towns' 8 points: Gotta be more active

    ESPN "Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns to play with more energy after Towns was an offensive afterthought in his playoff debut. Towns scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in the Timberwolves' 104-101 loss to the Houston Rockets in Sunday's..." April 16

  • Rockets plot to take away Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns' three-point attempts

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Houston coach Mike D’Antoni promised two things as his top-seeded Rockets headed into a seven-game series against a Timberwolves team that hasn’t played one since 2014: Wolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns is going to do his thing. “He’ll get a double-double,” D’Antoni said. “That’s who..." April 16

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Derrick Rose ‘would love to be back’ with Timberwolves next season

    Twin Cities "Other than bringing in Jimmy Butler, nearly every move Tom Thibodeau has made in Minnesota has been criticized, none more so than the March 8 signing of Derrick Rose. But that move has aged well. There are those who don’t like Rose for off-the-court reasons, but just as many who simply..." April 12

  • Wolves Convert Amile Jefferson To Standard Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves have converted Amile Jefferson‘s two-way contract to a standard NBA deal, the team announced today in a press release. The move ensures that the rookie forward will be eligible to play in the postseason, assuming Minnesota earns a spot. Jefferson, who turns 25 next month, went..." April 11

  • Derrick Rose: Tom Thibodeau Didn’t Compliment Me on MVP Award

    SLAM Online "After getting a rare compliment from Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose said he would “cherish” the moment. After the Wolves’ 94-113 win over Memphis on Monday, Rose told reporters, “It’s crazy to hear him say that. […] I ain’t get no compliment after I won MVP” " April 10

  • Thibodeau: I like our chances with Butler back

    ESPN "Clinging to the eighth spot in the Western Conference with Jimmy Butler back in the fold, Tom Thibodeau says he likes where the Minnesota Timberwolves are with two home games remaining in the season. After sitting out the past 17 games following surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee,..." April 07

  • Jimmy Butler Plans To Return Friday For Wolves

    Hoops Rumors "Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler intends to return to action on Friday night against the Lakers, two people familiar with Butler’s decision tell Marc Stein of The New York Times. Butler, who has been sidelined since February 23 due to a torn meniscus, will undergo one final test during pregame..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Jimmy Butler Likely To Return From Knee Injury Thursday

    Real GM Basketball "Jimmy Butler will be a game-time decision but he sounded ready to play in Thursday's game after shootaround. Butler has been out since February when he tore his meniscus. Asked about how he came through 5-on-5 contact scrimmaging the last few days, Butler said, “I feel like I’m a really good..." April 05

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Ricky Rubio rips former Wolves squad, says Jazz ‘play more as a team’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Ricky Rubio took a potshot at his former Minnesota Timberwovles team in recent comments about how the Utah Jazz are a bitter fit for his style of play. The Wolves traded Rubio to the Jazz this past offseason after six up-and-down seasons with the club. The point guard is enjoying a nice first..." April 04

  • Jimmy Butler ‘This Close’ to Playing Again

    SLAM Online "Jimmy Butler fully participated in Tuesday’s practice, and told reporters that he is “this close” to suiting up again for the Timberwolves. Butler has vowed to return from a torn meniscus prior to the start of the postseason. The 28-year-old wants Minnesota, which has gone 8-8 since he hurt..." April 04

  • Jimmy Butler Has Seen A Wolves Team That Needs To ‘Get Tougher’ During His Rehab

    Dime Magazine "In the absence of Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves simply aren’t the same team. Some of that, of course, has to do with missing an All-Star wing, but Butler has seemingly observed some troubling signs during his injury absence and he shared them on Tuesday. Butler practiced in full on..." April 04

  • Report: Ricky Rubio convinced Wolves owner to trade him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves dangling Ricky Rubio at the trade deadline seemed like an annual tradition, but the trade that actually did send him out of the Gopher State last summer appeared to be of Rubio’s own doing. Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported on Monday that Wolves owner Glen..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose won’t let his injuries lead to frustration

    Twin Cities "Derrick Rose is past being frustrated by injuries. The most recent — a right ankle sprain — came at a bad time. Rose was just starting to shake off the rust and find his rhythm when he went down in the second quarter of the Timberwolves’ win over the Clippers on March 20. The injury caused him..." April 02

  • Thibodeau: Butler 'doing good,' will take part in 5-on-5 scrimmage

    The Score "Jimmy Butler is inching closer to a return to action. Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday that his starting shooting guard is "doing good" and will take part in five-on-five scrimmaging in the upcoming week, according to the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda. Butler is recovering..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Jimmy Butler cleared for contact drills with Timberwolves

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wolves guard Derrick Rose isn’t here in Dallas, though the swelling in his sprained ankle is almost gone and his return is very close. Ditto for Cole Aldrich, who remains ill, but is close to returning as well. But Jimmy Butler is here. And, at today’s morning shootaround at American Airlines..." March 30

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • The Timberwolves have a Tom Thibodeau problem

    New York Post "Tom Thibodeau has had plenty of success throughout his NBA coaching career. As an assistant, he helped lead the Celtics to a championship in 2008. As a head coach, he guided the Derrick Rose-led Bulls to five straight playoff appearances. But Thibodeau is nothing if not stubborn. If there..." March 29

  • Jeff Teague Is The Latest Wolves Player To Publicly Ask For Tom Thibodeau To Use His Bench More

    Uproxx "The Minnesota Timberwolves secured a winning season for the first time in more than a decade, which is tremendous news for a franchise that desperately hoped this season would feature a massive step forward. As the season is winding down and the Timberwolves are working on securing a playoff bid,..." March 26

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Joel Embiid jabs Towns to continue social media war

    Larry Brown Sports "Joel Embiid is pretty much just heat-checking at this point. After the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-108 on Saturday, the Sixers star center jabbed Wolves counterpart Karl-Anthony Towns in a post on social media. Embiid posted a picture of himself dunking with Towns..." March 25

  • Timberwolves Clinch 1st Winning Record Since 2005

    The Sports Post "For the Minnesota Timberwolves, it looks like the future is finally now. And while a playoff spot isn’t guaranteed at the moment, one other thing is: a winning record. But not just any winning record, oh no. After defeating the Knicks Friday night, the Timberwolves would clinch their first..." March 24

  • Tom Thibodeau denies report of Andrew Wiggins’ unhappiness as Timberwolves’ third option

    Pro Basketball Talk "As soon as a rumor emerged Andrew Wiggins told teammates he was unhappy as the Timberwolves’ third option behind Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, Kurt predicted denials from Minnesota. Here they are – at least one. Wiggins, via Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: “It’s just someone’s..." March 23

  • Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson worries about Tom Thibodeau’s health

    Larry Brown Sports "Tyronn Lue’s leave of absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers has created a new discussion about the physical and mental strain on NBA head coaches, and Minnesota Timberwolves big man Taj Gibson is among those concerned. Gibson was asked by Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune on Tuesday if he ever..." March 20

  • Report: Gerald Green Fined $25K For Shoving Gorgui Dieng

    SLAM Online "Time for Chris Paul to pay up. Rockets shooting guard Gerald Green has been fined $25K for shoving Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng on Sunday, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:" March 20

  • Jimmy Butler Hopeful Of Returning From Knee Injury During Regular Season

    Real GM Basketball "Jimmy Butler could return from his knee injury before the end of the regular season. Butler spoke to reporters for the first time since suffering a meniscus injury on Feb. 23." March 19

  • Does Andrew Wiggins Even Care About Winning? Doesn't Seem So.

    The Big Lead "Recently, Andrew Wiggins became the fifth-leading scorer in Minnesota Timberwolves history, signed a five-year, $145.5 million max extension, and is likely to make his first-ever postseason appearance. And based on his recent remarks, the latter of the three is probably least important to..." March 15

  • Report: Wiggins Unhappy with Role Behind Towns, Butler

    Bleacher Report "Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins is reportedly unhappy with his role as the Wolves' third offensive option behind shooting guard Jimmy Butler and center Karl-Anthony Towns. On Wednesday, Darren Wolfson of KSTP (via 1500 ESPN Twin Cities' Derek James) said Wiggins has..." March 14

  • Rose On Doubters: ‘I Don’t Need Your F***ing Validation’

    Bleacher Report "Derrick Rose had some stern words for his critics Saturday, telling reporters he doesn't need their "f--king validation" as he starts a new chapter with the Minnesota Timberwolves. "This is how I feel about it, the whole perspective on it: You could have your perspective on me, as far as I'm a..." March 10

  • Derrick Rose expects to have a solid role with Thibodeau's Timberwolves

    CBS Sports "Derrick Rose returned to the NBA earlier this week, signing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season. And, understandably, he expects to have a solid role with the team. Speaking to reporters on Saturday afternoon, Rose said that coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't have..." March 10

  • Derrick Rose Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season

    Real GM Basketball "Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season. Rose was waived by the Jazz after the trade deadline." March 08

  • Kyrie Irving (knee) to return versus Timberwolves

    247 Sports "Kyrie Irving's absence will only last one game. As the Boston Celtics prepare to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, Irving will return versus the T-Wolves despite his lingering knee injury. " March 08

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06