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  • NBA, NBPA agree to $1.1B ‘NBA 2K’ licensing agreement

    Sportress of Blogitude "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to a lucrative licensing agreement extension with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., creators of the popular “NBA 2K” video game franchise, the league announced this week. The new agreement reportedly spans seven years and is said to be..." January 16

  • Joel Embiid Ruthlessly Trolls Timberwolves, Gets Jimmy Butler’s Approval

    NESN "Jimmy Butler faced his former team for the first time since getting traded, and, well, it went pretty well for him. The Philadelphia 76ers simply throttled the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-107 on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center. After the game, Sixers star Joel Embiid, as he..." January 16

  • Jerry Sichting set to join Ryan Saunders' coaching staff

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a deal to add veteran assistant Jerry Sichting to Ryan Saunders’ coaching staff, according to Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic. Sichting was an assistant for the Timberwolves for quite some time, first joining the..." January 15

  • 'The Price Is the Issue': Can the Wolves Unload Andrew Wiggins' Awful Contract?

    Bleacher Report "Andrew Wiggins was supposed to be a cornerstone piece in the Minnesota Timberwolves' rebuild, acquired as a rookie in 2014 from the Cleveland Cavaliers for All-Star Kevin Love. The Timberwolves were fortunate to land another No. 1 pick the following year in Karl-Anthony..." January 15

  • In three games, Ryan Saunders offers glimpse of his coaching style

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wolves have played three down-to-the-wire games under Ryan Saunders, winning two. While that is a small sample size, the games have given us a few clues as to what to expect going forward. 1. Things revolve around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins even more than they used to...." January 14

  • Rick Carlisle favorably compares Ryan Saunders to late father Flip

    The Score "Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders has looked a lot like his late father Flip through his first two games in charge, whether he's conducting his pregame radio interviews on the court or running 5-52 Twist, one of his dad's favorite plays. Dallas Mavericks..." January 12

  • ‘Drake Curse’-Fearing Timberwolves Ask Drizzy Not to Wear Team Merch

    Complex "If there was one lesson to be learned from Clemson's 44-16 stomping of Alabama in the NCAA National Championship game this past Monday night, it's that the "Drake Curse" is 100-percent a very real thing. (Equally important lesson though: Tigers freshman QB Trevor..." January 12

  • NBA Rumors: These teams are willing to give up first-round picks, SN sources say

    Sporting News "The countdown to the NBA’s trade deadline has reached four weeks, and with 25 teams within 3.5 games of a postseason slot, the league swap meet could be as confused as ever. Let’s have a look in this week’s Friday Rumor-rama, or as it is known in Canada,..." January 11

  • Getting Andrew Wiggins off and running is one of Ryan Saunders' key goals with Wolves

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There was music in the air at Timberwolves practice Thursday, and it had been a long time since Andrew Wiggins said he heard tunes in the background a practice. “I don’t know. College?” he said. With the installation of Ryan Saunders as interim coach for..." January 11

  • Ryan Saunders had little time to prepare for new job as Timberwolves head coach

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Shortly after the Timberwolves’ 119-117 victory in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders got a phone call from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “He and his wife Becky called,” Saunders said, “They called while I was in the locker..." January 10

  • T'wolves owner Glen Taylor downplays Fred Hoiberg speculation after coaching change

    USA Today "Glen Taylor certainly wishes Fred Hoiberg well. But the Minnesota Timberwolves owner isn't directly pining for his former player and assistant general manager to be leading the Twin Cities charge in the NBA. Not now, anyway. Three days after firing coach..." January 10

  • Andrew Wiggins denies calling Dennis Schroder 'gay' in postgame interview

    USA Today "Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins denied referring to Dennis Schroder as "gay" on Tuesday night and clarified that he has "the utmost respect and love" for the LGBTQ community. Wiggins used the term in response to a question about Schroder's..." January 09

  • Ryan Saunders becomes youngest coach in NBA history to win his coaching debut since 1978

    Clutch Points "Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders is only 32-years-old, but he just made NBA history on Tuesday. The Timberwolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night on the road in Saunders’ first game as the man in charge. Saunders became the..." January 09

  • The Timberwolves can’t afford any more missteps in the Karl-Anthony Towns era

    SB Nation "Like most basketball writers, I made the pilgrimage to Minnesota in the fall of 2016 for the unveiling of Tom Thibodeau’s second act. After a successful but tempestuous run in Chicago, Thibs had spent the previous year crisscrossing the country in search of esoteric coaching..." January 09

  • Ryan Saunders. Can the First Time Head Coach Turn Things Around for the Wolves?

    Canis Hoopus "For what seems like an eternity, Tom Thibodeau’s head has been firmly cemented under the head coaching guillotine. It was simply a matter of time before the blade barreled down on him. The way he dealt with the Jimmy Butler trade request was malpractice to say the..." January 08

  • Report: T-Wolves to abandon dual coaching/front-office position

    The Score "With Tom Thibodeau's dismissal from the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday after their 22-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers, not only must the team look to find a permanent solution on the sidelines, but also reconfigure their front-office hierarchy. Former..." January 08

  • Karl-Anthony Towns Stunned By Tom Thibodeau’s Firing

    SLAM Online "The Minnesota Timberwolves’ sudden and unexpected firing of head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau came as a shock to his players. Karl-Anthony Towns says “no one saw it coming.” Thibs was let go following a 108-86 home win. " January 08

  • Timberwolves To Waive James Nunnally

    Hoops Rumors "In the latest move in a busy day for the Timberwolves, the club is waiving guard James Nunnally, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). The transaction will happen in advance of Nunnally’s contract guarantee deadline this..." January 07

  • Derrick Rose apologizes for telling doubters to kill themselves

    Pro Basketball Talk "Addressing those who doubt his ability to persevere sans Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose said multiple times today, “Kill yourself.” I’m glad Rose apologized. Those words were jarring and insensitive when presented to a mass audience. They affected..." January 07

  • Derrick Rose Says 'Kill Yourself' to His Doubters After Tom Thibodeau's Firing

    Bleacher Report "Guard Derrick Rose had a jarring message for those who do not think he will play well after the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau. "I have a lot of confidence in myself," he said, per Chris Hine of..." January 07

  • Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau gone, so how do the Timberwolves measure success now?

    SB Nation "When the Minnesota Timberwolves first landed Jimmy Butler to team up with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and, eventually, Jeff Teague, there was talk that the NBA had a new future superteam to deal with. And Minnesota showed enormous promise in..." January 07

  • Timberwolves players frustrated with Tom Thibodeau for poor communication, preference for starters on heavy minutes

    Clutch Points "The reported firing of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau was much more than a business move to get the fan base back from the abyss, after attendance numbers dropped from 21st in the league in 2017-18 to penultimate this season. Thibodeau’s old school..." January 07

  • Fred Hoiberg Not Considered Immediate Candidate For Wolves

    Real GM Basketball "Fred Hoiberg is not an immediate candidate for the head coach or president's job of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Hoiberg was fired earlier this season by the Chicago Bulls and is known as a favorite of Glen Taylor. Ryan Saunders will get a chance to win the permanent job..." January 07

  • The Timberwolves Are Reportedly Considering Fred Hoiberg And Chauncey Billups To Replace Thibodeau

    Dime Magazine "The Tom Thibodeau era of Timberwolves basketball has ended, but the TimberBulls may very well be alive and well. Despite a 22-point win over the Lakers on Sunday, Minnesota decided to pull the trigger on firing Thibodeau as coach and team president. This has been expected to..." January 07

  • Ex-Sixer Robert Covington found out he was traded on social media and hasn’t heard from GM Elton Brand since

    Philly.com "On the morning of Nov. 10, Robert Covington had no idea the 76ers were finalizing details to package him in a trade for Jimmy Butler. From Sam Hinkie to Bryan Colangelo, from tanking to playing in the second round of the playoffs, Covington had been through it all in Philadelphia, and it was..." January 07

  • Timberwolves Have Fired Head Coach Tom Thibodeau

    Uproxx "Tom Thibodeau has been on the hot seat since before training camp as the Timberwolves team president and coach pushed the boundaries by keeping Jimmy Butler around after he made his trade request incredibly clear. Still, Thibodeau managed to make it through the Butler trade saga and,..." January 06

  • Derrick Rose humbled by All-Star voting: ‘It’s touching man’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Derrick Rose is enjoying a comeback season few saw coming, and the fact that fans are showing their appreciation by way of All-Star voting has left him extremely humbled. The Minnesota Timberwolves star is a surprise second in All-Star fan voting for guards in the Western Conference..." January 05

  • Derrick Rose’s Bullshit Redemption Story Might Make Him An All-Star

    Deadspin "Every year, the NBA releases the first round of All-Star Game fan voting as a way to drum up excitement for its yearly showcase of the best players in the league. This season’s first batch of voting holds few surprises; among the top vote-getters are LeBron James, Kyrie Irving,..." January 04

  • Robert Covington To Miss Extended Time

    Hoops Rumors "Timberwolves forward Robert Covington has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and will be out for an extended period, head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters today, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (Twitter link). While Thibodeau couldn’t offer a..." January 04

  • Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose sprains ankle vs. Hawks

    Clutch Points "Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose suffered a sprained ankle during the team’s 123-120 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Rose made contributions across the board in scoring 25 points and adding nine assists in 39 minutes of action, but left the game in..." December 29

  • Andrew Wiggins Gets Booed At Home, Criticizes Fans

    ESPN "Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves lost against the visiting Atlanta Hawks due to missed free throws, dunks and layups. Wiggins, a career 74 percent free throw shooter, was Minnesota's biggest offender from the stripe in the 123-120 overtime loss. He went 5-of-12 and..." December 29

  • Derrick Rose blooms as one of NBA's top sixth men

    Yardbarker "If Derrick Rose continues at his current pace, he could become just the second player to win Sixth Man of the Year after winning the Most Valuable Player award earlier in his career. As he prepares to return to Chicago to play the Bulls, the team with which he experienced his greatest..." December 26

  • Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague To Miss At Least One More Week

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves will be without point guard Jeff Teague for at least another 7 to 10 days as he deals with a left ankle injury, according to Chris Hine of the Star Tribune. Minnesota has been without Teague since last Saturday when the pain of the injured ankle became..." December 22

  • Report: NBA to allow fans to vote for All-Stars on Google

    247 Sports "The NBA is switching up the way it handles All-Star voting for the 2019 iteration of the annual exhibition.  For fans, voting for the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Christmas Day (December 25, 2018) and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Martin Luther King..." December 17

  • Derrick Rose Rape Accuser’s Appeal Was Denied; Rose Officially Cleared in Civil Case & Doesn’t Have to Pay Accuser

    Black Sports Online "Derrick Rose was sued by a woman for $21 million. She claimed that Rose and his associates gang-raped her. Rose vehemently denied the accusation and instead of settling out of court, he decided to fight it. In 2016 a jury ruled in favor of Rose. His..." December 14

  • The NBA Arenas That Did The Best And Worst On Recent Health Inspections

    Dime Magazine "On Thursday, ESPN released an exhaustive look at the health inspection scores for every major sporting venue in the United States, with a detailed breakdown of the number of restaurants and vendors within each venue that had high-level violations. Stadium concessions are an..." December 13

  • How Derrick Rose reinvented his game to be a 3-point ace and Sixth Man of the Year front-runner

    CBS Sports "Derrick Rose is scoring more than he has in six-plus years, since the postseason ACL tear that began a string of knee injuries in 2012. He's turning the ball over at a lower rate than he ever has, and has increased his scoring efficiency to the best rate of his career...." December 12

  • Karl-Anthony Towns Is Unlocking His Defensive Potential

    Canis Hoopus "For a 23-year-old man-child who already holds Rookie of the Year, All-Star and All-NBA honors, Karl-Anthony Towns has been forced to scale a mountain of criticism throughout his young career. Wielding an arsenal that encompasses potent post scoring, a deadly mid-range game and an..." December 12

  • Jimmy Butler on Blake Griffin Altercation: 'He's Trying to Be Tough'

    Bleacher Report "Jimmy Butler had some choice words for Blake Griffin after the two All-Stars were in an altercation in the fourth quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers' 117-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.  Following the game, Butler told ESPN's Jorge Sedano that Griffin was..." December 08

  • NBA Rumors: Fred Hoiberg could replace Tom Thibodeau with Timberwolves

    Pro Basketball Talk "Timberwolves president-coach Tom Thibodeau was reportedly on thin ice amid the Jimmy Butler trade saga. But since dealing Butler for Robert Covington and Dario Saric, Minnesota has gone 9-3. Still, the Timberwolves are just 10th in the West. Even..." December 07

  • With Fred Hoiberg Fired, Which NBA Coach Is On The Hot Seat Next?

    Dime Magazine "It didn’t take the NBA long to start firing coaches this year. Fred Hoiberg is the latest victim after he was fired by the Bulls a mere 24 games into the season. That seems early, but he wasn’t even the first coach to be let go this year. That honor belongs to Tyronn Lue..." December 03

  • Derrick Rose isn’t focused on next contract but would like to win an award

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Derrick Rose’s renaissance season has drawn plenty of attention and thrust the former NBA most valuable player back into national headlines. From his 50-point game to his improved 3-point shooting, there’s been plenty to talk about. Rose is averaging 19 points a game on 50..." December 03

  • Brandon Ingram Was ‘Brought Up’ With Timberwolves In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

    Lakers Nation "One of the questions many posed after the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James in free agency was who from the team’s young core would emerge as the second star. Most identified Brandon Ingram, both for his tantalizing upside and the fact he was entering his third..." December 01

  • Wolves' Dario Saric talks trade from 76ers

    CBS Sports "To the Philadelphia 76ers, Dario Saric was a success story. He was a hero of The Process, well worth the two-year wait after the 2014 draft and an important part of their best season since Allen Iverson stepped over Tyronn Lue. He was also, in the cold reality of the NBA, expendable. As beloved..." November 29

  • Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose has a higher PER than Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, John Wall

    Clutch Points "NBA Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose has a higher PER than Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, John Wall by  Virgil Villanueva November 25, 2018 Derrick Rose of the Minnesota Timberwolves is outplaying several of the top point..." November 26

  • Bulls never seemed to understand the true value of Taj Gibson

    Chicago Sun-Times "Drafting point guard Derrick Rose in 2008 was a no-brainer. The same almost could be said for big man Lauri Markkanen, after the Bulls swapped picks with the Timberwolves in the 2017 NBA Draft and acquired his rights. So before Bulls general manager Gar Forman pats himself..." November 26

  • Derrick Rose discusses Timberwolves’ improved play since Jimmy Butler trade

    Sporting News "Derrick Rose thinks the Timberwolves are now on the same page. Jimmy Butler requested a deal out of Minnesota and the team eventually traded him to the 76ers earlier this month in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric. The Timberwolves have..." November 25

  • Wolves downplay Wiggins' 0-for-12

    ESPN "Neither Andrew Wiggins' scoreless night nor Robert Covington's single-bucket performance concerned Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau told reporters after Saturday night's game that only one thing mattered: the outcome. "I think sometimes..." November 25

  • Jimmy Butler trade might (eventually) help Wolves on offense, too

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The most obvious small sample size gains so far from the Wolves’ trade of Jimmy Butler to the 76ers, which brought Robert Covington and Dario Saric back primarily in return, has come on defense. Kent Youngblood will have a larger look at this Wednesday in print and online,..." November 20

  • Jimmy Butler on 76ers: 'With this group of guys, it is really easy'

    ESPN "Jimmy Butler is having fun again. The four-time All-Star made that clear after his first win in a 76ers uniform. "It's so fun to win. So much more fun to play with these guys," Butler said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia after scoring 28 points on 12-of-15..." November 17