Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • NBA rookies love Kris Dunn, Ben Simmons – not so much

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rookie of the Year, best playmaker, best defender and funniest. Kris Dunn even received a vote for best shooter despite his jumper holding him back in pre-draft evaluations. Dunn – the Timberwolves’ No. 5 pick – cleaned up in the NBA’s annual rookie survey. But when it came to the most..." August 30

  • Report: Timberwolves sign guards to camp deals

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Wolves are adding back court depth to their training camp roster, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, who reported Thursday that the Wolves have signed guards John Lucas III and Toure’ Murry to training camp deals. Lucas III lacks size at 5-foot-11 but has played in seven NBA seasons, including..." August 24

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • Zach LaVine: 'Next step' in career is becoming an All-Star

    The Score "Zach LaVine is setting the bar high. Entering his third season, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard is working toward a return to All-Star weekend - as something other than a Slam Dunk contestant. "My ultimate goal is whenever I go on the court, I just want to be known as one of the better..." August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • Kings interested in Ricky Rubio

    Pro Basketball Talk "Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said not to expect a Ricky Rubio trade. But Rubio comes up so frequently in trade rumors, and Minnesota just drafted Kris Dunn. Everyone expects the Timberwolves to shop Rubio eventually. When they do, the Kings apparently want to talk. Darren Wolfson of..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • Wolves' Kris Dunn says he's healthy after concussion in Summer League

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wolves rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who played in just two NBA Summer League games last month after sustaining a concussion during early action — thus missing out on the young Wolves’ run to the championship game — said Thursday he’s healthy and back on the court. Dunn, who is in New Jersey..." August 13

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • Karl-Anthony Towns aiming to be best basketball player in the world

    Sportress of Blogitude "Karl-Anthony Towns is a supremely confident basketball player whose talent more than backs it up. Perhaps it shouldn’t be all that surprising, then, that the Minnesota Timberwolves star has set extremely high goals for himself and his NBA career: He wants to be hailed as the best basketball..." August 06

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Ex-Wolves coach Mitchell: My firing could force Garnett into retirement

    The Score "Former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell still has a bitter taste on his tongue from his abrupt and unceremonious dismissal at the end of last season. According to Mitchell, he's not the only one. Quadragenarian power forward Kevin Garnett, who has a year left on his contract with the..." August 03

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Andrew Wiggins Wants Spain To Win Gold In Rio, Which Is Totally OK Because He’s Canadian

    Uproxx "The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t sneaking up on anyone this season. A popular League Pass team from a year ago, with reigning Rookie Of The Year Karl-Anthony Towns, back-to-back Dunk Contest winner Zach LaVine, lottery pick Kris Dunn, the always-entertaining Ricky Rubio, the veteran guidance of..." July 31

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: ‘Things are about to change’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Karl-Anthony Towns grew up in New Jersey. He loves it there. But it’s not home anymore. “A lot of times, I talk to my friends and family and I’m always trying to rush back to Minnesota,” Towns said Wednesday during his basketball camp at Hopkins High School. “This is where I call..." July 28

  • Towns: 'Things are about to change' for Timberwolves

    The Score "Look out world, the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming. That is, according to Karl-Anthony Towns, who recently posted this on Instagram: On Wednesday, he explained what he meant. "A lot of people tend to think we're the Timberwolves and we're at the bottom of the barrel," Towns told Jon..." July 27

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Dr. J Thinks Zach LaVine is the Best Dunker Since Vince Carter

    Complex "Julius Erving knows a thing or two about dunks so when he heaps high praise on Zach LaVine, you know it's legit. We spoke with the NBA Hall of Famer from Japan where he's teamed up with new Raptors forward Jared Sullinger to appear on Fuji TV’s “27 Hour TV” show earlier this week. There, the..." July 27

  • 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

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