Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Jimmy Butler: 'It was either going to be me or the Fred Hoiberg route' for Bulls

    Sporting News "Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has Feb. 9, 2018 circled on his calendar. That's the night he returns to Chicago to face his old team, the Bulls. Butler played his first six seasons in the Windy City, emerging as one of the NBA's brightest young stars over the past couple of years before he was..." November 08

  • Jimmy Butler: 'It was either going to be me or the Fred Hoiberg route' for Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "Jimmy Butler took a canoe trip for an ESPN segment called “Hang Time,” and the former Bulls guard made some waves. Asked by host Sam Alipour why the Bulls would have made him available, he replied: “I probably went about a lot of things the wrong way. People don’t work as hard as I do and they..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Shabazz Muhammad says he'll become just 'Bazz' legally

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Timberwolves’ newly remodeled Target Center locker room designed to impress both current players and future free agents alike arranges lockers circularly. Each includes a lighted plate bearing the player’s first and last name. Except for one: Reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad’s just reads..." October 30

  • Tom Thibodeau still hasn’t fixed Timberwolves defense

    Pro Basketball Talk "Taj Gibson is experiencing déjà vu – to a point. Gibson played for the Bulls in 2010 when they hired Tom Thibodeau, who exhaustively drilled his trademark defense with his players. Now with the Timberwolves – who hired Thibodeau as president/coach last year – Gibson said Thibodeau is scheming..." October 27

  • Jimmy Butler to play against Thunder

    Fanrag Sports "All good vibes gleaned from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ buzzer-beating win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last Sunday vanished almost as quickly as they appeared. Head coach Tom Thibodeau’s team has lost two straight games to middling Eastern Conference foes by at least 20 points, losses that..." October 27

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • Jimmy Butler ruled out for 2nd straight night with illness

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves will have to make do without Jimmy Butler for a second straight night. The star forward, after being ruled out Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, will also miss Wednesday’s contest against the Detroit Pistons due to an upper respiratory infection. Butler..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Paul George comments on Karl-Anthony Towns' illegal screen that officials didn't call

    Give Me Sport "The Minnesota Timberwolves have improved their record on the season to 2-1 thanks to a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, but many people believe their second win of the campaign came in controversial fashion. With four seconds remaining on the clock, Carmelo Anthony had..." October 23

  • 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

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