Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • Thibodeau raves about ‘great’ new Knicks, sidesteps Phil snub

    New York Post "If Timberwolves chief Tom Thibodeau sounds envious about the Knicks’ additions of two of his favorite players, he’s not. While heaping major praise on the damage ex-Bulls Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah can do in New York despite their injury-riddled résumés, Thibodeau deflected any notion of..." July 20

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Timberwolves remain patient on Kevin Garnett decision

    ESPN "As he watched his team's future compete for a summer league title, new Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau was still waiting for an answer as to whether one of the last links to the franchise's past will still be a part of the team next season. "We just have to give him time," Thibodeau..." July 19

  • Timberwolves owner: Ricky Rubio likely won't be traded

    ESPN "Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said during a recent interview that he doesn't think the team will trade Ricky Rubio. Rubio has been the topic of widespread trade speculation ever since Minnesota drafted point guard Kris Dunn with the No. 5 overall pick last month. Rubio also publicly..." July 18

  • Kevin Garnett Unsure If Knees Will Hold Up Playing In 16-17

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Garnett remains uncertain if he'll return for the 16-17 NBA season. Garnett is under contract for $8 million next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I just asked him, 'Kevin, what are you going to do?' His answer was, 'I'd really like to play next year 'cuz I'd like to go out..." July 18

  • Wolves owner Glen Taylor says a Ricky Rubio trade is not likely

    CBS Sports "When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Kris Dunn No. 5 overall last month, it seemed like the end of the Ricky Rubio era. They selected Rubio at that same slot seven years ago, and they're both point guards. The Wolves were reportedly shopping Rubio throughout draft week, and the New York Daily..." July 18

  • Taylor not ready to state goals for Wolves just yet

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "SID HARTMAN Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was in Las Vegas this week for the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting and then stayed to watch the Wolves summer league team. The Wolves have had a busy offseason, naming Tom Thibodeau coach and president of basketball operations and Scott Layden..." July 17

  • Garnett undecided on playing status for 2016-17

    NBA.com "Kevin Garnett is on the clock. With Kobe Bryant's extended farewell tour over since April and Tim Duncan slipping quietly into retirement to start this week, Garnett is the next logical aging NBA star to face a decision to play or not in 2016-17. If he does, the face and heart of Minnesota..." July 16

  • Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins Are the New KD and Russ

    The Ringer "It’s better to be lucky than good. Always. Some of you will disagree, I’m sure. But look — we live on a rock, traveling at impossible speed through space. Our next living moment is contingent on the hope that a cosmic chunk of ice with our names on it isn’t, at this very moment, rounding third. If..." July 15

  • Why Tom Thibodeau Won’t Push Kevin Garnett To Make A Decision On Retirement

    Dime Magazine "Tom Thibodeau and Kevin Garnett seem to have a gene or two in common. The new Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president shares with his franchise’s most storied player a ceaseless drive for defensive intensity and intangibles, a kinship the two rode to championship-level excellence when..." July 14

  • Jordan Hill: Signs two-year deal with Timberwolves

    CBS Sports "Hill has agreed to a two-year deal with the Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. The deal, rumored to be a two-year, $8 million deal, will add a viable center/forward to a young Timberwolves team lacking much in the way of a veteran presence. With Karl Anthony-Towns,..." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Andrew Wiggins on T’Wolves: ‘We’re going to be a nightmare to play’

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Minnesota Timberwolves are without question one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA with the biggest upside. While most experts believe the T’Wolves are a few years away from joining the ranks of elite squads in the Association, Andrew Wiggins believes the team will nevertheless present a..." July 12

  • Thibodeau: Wolves focusing on young core, but have room to deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tom Thibodeau said he’s not done trying to make the Timberwolves better for the upcoming season. But fans frustrated the Wolves didn’t dive deeply into the free agency pool in the past week need to be patient. Thibodeau, the Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach, talked..." July 10

  • Timberwolves to name Ethan Casson as CEO

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Less than a month after Rob Moor stepped down from his position as Timberwolves CEO, the team has filled the position with San Francisco 49ers executive Ethan Casson, a former Wolves vice president. Wolves owner Glen Taylor, speaking on WCCO radio Sunday morning, said Casson, currently the..." July 10

  • Timberwolves hire former Bulls assistant Brunson

    Today's Fastbreak "New Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau has another member on his growing staff after the team hired former Bulls assistant Rick Brunson. Brunson, 44, spent four years at Temple and was the McDonald’s All-American MVP in 1991 before making the jump to the NBA. He played for eight..." July 09

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Warriors’ free agent Brandon Rush agrees to Minnesota deal

    San Francisco Chronicle "Brandon Rush, one of the Warriors’ eight free agents, has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. The swingman averaged 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 2015-16 and had an especially good run while starting small forward Harrison Barnes was..." July 06

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Timberwolves made aggressive 2-year offer to Gasol

    The Score "The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of a long list of suitors making a push to sign All-Star free agent big man Pau Gasol, and to stand out from the pack, they're apparently willing to make a whopping offer. Minnesota has made an "aggressive" two-year offer to Gasol, a source told The..." July 03

  • Report: Cole Aldrich bolts Clippers, signs three-year, $22 million deal with Timberwolves

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last season, Cole Aldrich was quietly impressive backing up one of the best centers in the game — DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers. The Timberwolves are betting he can do that same thing behind Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota snapped up the center entering his seventh NBA season, reports Marc..." July 03

  • Wolves reportedly pushing to sign Pau Gasol

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Minnesota Timberwolves’ offseason was a Black Eyed Peas song, it might just be “Boom Boom Pau.” According to a report by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press on Saturday, the Wolves are pushing to sign six-time All-Star big man Pau Gasol. Head coach Tom Thibodeau, Gasol’s former coach..." July 03

  • Wolves showing patience during free agency frenzy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On a day when deals came fast and furious in the NBA, the Timberwolves remained relatively silent. In the first 24 hours of the free agent negotiating period, big-name and big-money deals were everywhere. The Wolves? They remained interested in Miami forward Luol Deng. Tom Thibodeau, Wolves..." July 02

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • Gasol met with T-Wolves, still considering Blazers, Spurs

    The Score "There's no shortage of interest for Pau Gasol. The 15-year veteran is taking a turn toward his late-thirties, but remains one of the top names on the market, with a trio of Western Conference teams hot on his trail. The Minnesota Timberwolves met with Gasol for a "long talk" on Friday,..." July 02

  • Timberwolves in on Marvin Williams?

    Canis Hoopus "So far the Wolves have been very quiet in free agency--apparently making a lot of calls, but not making competitive offers as players are agreeing to big deals around the league. One guy they might be working on is Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams, according to a Charlotte..." July 02

  • Report: Spurs among 7 teams in hunt for Ian Mahinmi

    The Score "After a big chunk of the NBA free-agent market got bitten off Friday, teams are swarming the remaining available players like moths to a flame. Free-agent center Ian Mahinmi is one such player, and he reportedly has at least seven teams currently pursuing him. The San Antonio Spurs,..." July 01

  • Ricky Rubio is reportedly on the trade block, and these are his possible suitors

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves had eyes on trading Ricky Rubio on draft night last week, and the indications have been that his time with the Wolves is at an end, especially after the team drafted Kris Dunn (and didn't trade him for Jimmy Butler). Rubio is an incredible passer and brilliant defender;..." July 01

  • At opening of free agency, Wolves put in a call to Heat's Deng

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "At 11:01 p.m. Central Thursday, the starter’s gun went off. What is expected to be one of the most frenzied free-agency periods in NBA history began, with teams allowed to contact free agents to negotiate contracts, armed with a ballooning salary cap that could be at or more than $94..." July 01

  • Wolves Waive Greg Smith

    Hoops Rumors "4:31pm: The Wolves officially announced that they have waived Smith. 4:24pm: The Timberwolves have waived center Greg Smith, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports (via Twitter). Provided he clears waivers, the big man will become an unrestricted free agent as a result of the team parting..." June 30

  • Ricky Rubio trade bids will pour in for Timberwolves — after free agency rush

    Sporting News "The plan in Minnesota is to make draftee Kris Dunn the starting point guard. The question is, with Ricky Rubio on board, when that will happen. The Timberwolves were active in seeking a deal for Rubio before the NBA Draft, but around the league, the price was considered too high when deals were..." June 30

  • 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