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Wolves Interested In Signing Derrick Rose

May 24, 2017 12:55 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in signing Derrick Rose in free agency.

Rose played for Tom Thibodeau for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls. The New York Knicks and Wolves discussed a Rose for Ricky Rubio trade in February. Minnesota also drafted Kris Dunn last June.

Rose is coming off a meniscus tear in his left knee that required season-ending surgery.

Rose and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, have both stated that they'd be open to re-signing with the Knicks.

The San Antonio Spurs could also have interest in signing Rose.

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Knicks Hope To Revisit Ricky Rubio Trade Talks With Wolves

May 23, 2017 11:26 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in revisiting trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio.

The Knicks and Wolves discussed a Rubio trade at the deadline.

Rubio fits the mold of a two-way contributor that the Knicks are seeking.

Rubio had an excellent second half of the season after trade talks with the Knicks broke down.

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Wolves Buy Iowa Energy, Become 25th Team To Own D-League Affiliate

May 3, 2017 11:06 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA Development League announced the final sale of majority ownership in the Iowa Energy to Glen Taylor.

The Wolves are now one of 25 teams to own or operate an NBA Development League affiliate. 

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Shabazz Muhammad Hires Rich Paul As Agent

Apr 26, 2017 1:00 PM

Shabazz Muhammad has hired Rich Paul to represent him.

Muhammad will be a restricted free agent in the offseason. Paul also represents Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will also be a restricted free agent.

Muhammad was previously represented by Rob Pelinka.

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Kevin Garnett Disappointed Glen Taylor Didn't Follow Through With Saunders' Plan

Apr 18, 2017 1:05 PM

When Kevin Garnett returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, it was envisioned he would have a role with the franchise upon retirement. Garnett even possibly was going to have a stake in the team and one day become majority owner.

The death of Flip Saunders in October of 2015 changed the equation.

"It seemed like it was perfect for how Flip organized and put it together and designed it," said Garnett. "Obviously when he left us, Glen (Taylor) saw differently and wanted to go a different way. I’ve always said I wanted to be a part of an organization that is about winning more progressively, in that direction. Minnesota seemed like a perfect fit for that. That has changed. I don’t see myself doing that any time soon, but that still is a goal of mine. I would like to be part of an organization that is part of winning, that I can help the young guys progress. So that’s still a dream but not a priority at this point."

Garnett was disappointed with how Taylor handled the situation.

"A little bit. A little bit. To say Debbie Downer is an understatement. It was a huge disappointment and one that showed me the true Glen Taylor. It showed me how he really feels. When this guy got the team, it was worth $90 million. When I left it, it was worth somewhere in the $400 (millions). That was never taken into account in my value or none of that. I guess I served my purpose, and I was on to the next. So it’s all good. So it’s all good. I’m moving on and taking my ball and playing somewhere else. (Laughs.)"

The Wolves hired Tom Thibodeau to run the franchise during the 2016 offseason.

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Wolves To Unveil New Logo On April 11th

Mar 21, 2017 12:37 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will unveil their new logo on April 11th.

The logo will be unveiled during a special halftime show and all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative t-shirt with the new identity featured. 

While the new identity won’t fully take effect until the 2017-18 season, the unveiling marks only the fourth identity in the franchise’s 28-year history. The announcement is also the beginning of an eventful summer as the Wolves brand continues to evolve. There will be several future announcements regarding the unveiling of the new team uniforms, new court designs and additional events throughout the coming months. 

“We are incredibly excited to share the new logo with our fans. This is but the first of many changes that fans will see that reflect our growing relevancy at home and abroad,” said Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson. “These are exciting times for our state and our franchise, and this new logo embodies the hunger, drive and passion that will define us in this new era of Timberwolves basketball.”

The new Wolves identity is constructed around an updated color palette and was created over the past 12 months as part of a collaborative effort between Minnesota Timberwolves ownership, team executives, the NBA and Mississippi-based design expert Rodney Richardson. Richardson’s resume includes recent identity designs for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and various brands across the world of sports and entertainment.

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Nemanja Bjelica Undergoes Surgery On Fractured Bone In Foot

Mar 21, 2017 12:19 PM

Nemanja Bjelica underwent surgery to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot.

Appearing in 65 games this season, Bjelica registered averages of 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.3 minutes per contest. 

Bjelica's injury occurred last week.

Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

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Wolves To Sign Omri Casspi

Mar 20, 2017 1:31 AM

Omri Casspi has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

Casspi was acquired by New Orleans from Sacramento as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade and had been earmarked for a significant role by the Pelicans, only to suffer a broken right thumb in his first game with his new team.

But Casspi returned from the injury ahead of schedule.

Tom Thibodeau met with Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans in advance of the Wolves' road game Sunday night against the Pelicans.

The Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers also had interest in Casspi.

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Wolves To Let Lance Stephenson Become Free Agent

Mar 18, 2017 11:06 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will let the second 10-day contract of Lance Stephenson expire which will make him a free agent.

The Wolves would have had to sign Stephenson to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Minnesota is letting Stephenson go due to his lingering ankle sprain and not because of his performance.

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Nemanja Bjelica Out For Season With Left Foot Injury

Mar 16, 2017 5:54 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that an MRI revealed Nemanja Bjelica suffered an injury to his left foot.

Bjelica is seeking medical opinions from the appropriate specialists to determine his treatment options and will miss the remainder of the season. Further updates as to Bjelica’s progress will be issued when more information becomes available.

Bjelica’s injury occurred during the second quarter of last night’s 117-104 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Appearing in 65 games this season, Bjelica registered averages of 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.3 minutes per contest. The 6-10 forward owns career averages of 5.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 125 career games over two seasons with Minnesota.

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John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Players Of Week
John Wall paced the East in scoring (29.8 ppg) and assists (11.3 apg) while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

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Tom Thibodeau: Wolves Have Made 'Quantum Leap' On Defense
After a slow start to the season, the Wolves are within striking distance of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

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Wolves Sign Lance Stephenson To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Lance Stephenson has appeared in four games for Minnesota this season averaging 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.

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Lance Stephenson Likely To Soon Sign 2nd 10-Day With Wolves
Lance Stephenson sprained his ankle after signing an initial 10-day with the Wolves in February.

Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

Wolves Walk Away From Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Deal With Knicks
The Wolves have shopped Ricky Rubio throughout the season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks Still Seeking Trade For Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio has been shopped by the Wolves since Tom Thibodeau was hired last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wizards Interested In Trading For Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tom Thibodeau Pushing For Derrick Rose Trade
The Timberwolves continue to strongly pursue a trade for Derrick Rose.

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Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade
Derrick Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls.

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell
Tony Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Adreian Payne Out Indefinitely With Blood Condition
Adreian Payne has thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count.

Star Tribune

Wolves Sign Lance Stephenson To 10-Day Contract
Lance Stephenson was released by the Pelicans after undergoing groin surgery in November.

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Zach LaVine Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee
Zach LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.

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Wolves To Purchase Iowa Energy Of D-League
Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

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Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors
Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

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Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio
Stan Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week.

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Ricky Rubio Leaves Wolves For Personal Reasons
Ricky Rubio didn't play in the second half of Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hip.

ESPN

Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade
No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

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Wolves Actively Looking For Ricky Rubio Trade
Minnesota has been searching for a "bridge" guard in return to start in the short-term but ultimately back up Kris Dunn.

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Wolves Hire Dwight Lutz, Nick Restifo As Basketball Operations Analysts
Nick Restifo spent time as a contributing writer for NylonCalculus and as a Basketball Analytics Coordinator at the University of New Haven.

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