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Andrew Wiggins Reminds Tom Thibodeau Of Paul Pierce On Offense

Nov 27, 2016 2:54 PM

Andrew Wiggins has improved his shooting dramatically to begin his third NBA season.

“I’m more confident,” Wiggins said. “I shoot more and take better shots. It comes from preparation.”

Said Tom Thibodeau on Wiggins’s improved shooting: “He’s put a lot of work into it and it’s the unselfishness of his teammates, too. Guys are making plays. They are sharing the ball and making the extra pass. The threes that we are taking, I think for the most part, are very good. There’s ball movement. There’s penetration. As long as they’re rhythm threes, we’ll shoot a high percentage. One of [Wiggins’s] great strengths is his versatility.”

“He can score so many different ways,” Thibodeau said. “In the post, with his cutting. He has the ability to draw fouls. The way he can score different ways reminds me of Paul [Pierce], transition, pick-and-roll, as a screen, as a ballhandler, so many ways he can score.”

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Karl-Anthony Towns: I Play In Both Eras With Inside/Outside Game

Nov 18, 2016 3:42 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is one of the most versatile young big men to ever play in the NBA with his inside/outside game.

When Towns arrived at Kentucky, he was taught to play the game from the inside out and he rarely drifted toward the perimeter during his lone season with John Calipari.

"Maybe it's fortunate to blend in with the new, current, modern-day NBA big, maybe it's not. What I can do is be as versatile as possible, where I could have played today or years ago when the 5s were rolling around. That's why I play. I play inside, and I also play outside. I play in both eras."

"His skill set is so unique for a 7-footer," Tom Thibodeau. "He can shoot the 3 with ease from all over the floor -- from the corners, from above the break, from the top of the key. He can put it on the floor. He can change direction. He can Euro-step. He can play back to the basket. He can play a face-up combo game. You can pick-and-roll with him where he's the screener. You can pick-and-roll with him where he's the ball handler. He has guard-like skills. He has great vision. He has playmaking ability. There's a defensive component and there's a drive to be great."

"Everything has to be cohesive. Everything has to jell together -- that's what makes the great ones great," Towns says. "Every day I'm just trying to find ways to keep my versatility high but keep every single aspect of my game working in sync. That's what I try to do on the court. I mean, why limit yourself? I don't limit myself. If my coach needs me to guard 1 through 5, I have worked tremendously hard to have the ability to do that. If I need to shoot, I can shoot. If I need to post up and be a bruiser, I can be a bruiser. I try to be great at all skills."

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

Ricky Rubio Agrees To Extension With Adidas

Nov 8, 2016 6:14 PM

Ricky Rubio has agreed upon a multi-year extension with Adidas.

Rubio previously signed an endorsement deal with Adidas in 2012.

Rubio is signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves through 2019 but his future with the franchise remains uncertain due to the presence of Kris Dunn.

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Gorgui Dieng Comfortable Leaving $16M+ On Table To Stay With Wolves

Nov 2, 2016 11:41 AM

Gorgui Dieng signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves before the deadline on Oct. 31st.

Dieng would have likely commanded a contract of at least $80 million in free agency.

"I want to be here. I didn't want to be here I wouldn't have bought a house this summer," he said. "Everybody knew it. I wanted to be here. I don't like moving around back and forth. I like here. I like the organization. Great people. They help you. It's an easy task for me being here."

Dieng spoke about the impact his new contract would make in Senegal.

"It doesn't matter how much you make but what can you do with it," Dieng said Tuesday,. "I'm sure a lot of people make more money than I did before and they didn't do the right thing with it. I always wanted to help and I'm going to keep helping. I'm going to do the best I can to my ability to make peoples' lives better."

Dieng met with Wolves owner Glen Taylor on Monday to chart out the vision for the franchise over the next five years.

"If I go to another team, am I going to be happy? I don't know," Dieng said. "I just wanted to be happy and make sure I'm comfortable where I am at. I'm looking forward (hoping) they're all going to do the same and be honest with their teammates, because at the end of the day it's not all about the money."



Tags: Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman

Nov 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the NBA’s rookie scale extension and option deadline.

They review just-announced extensions for Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng along with previously agreed-to deals for Giannis Antetokounmpo, CJ McCollum and Dennis Schroder.

After that, they discuss some of the significant option decisions including RJ Hunter and James Young for the Celtics, Adreian Payne for the Timberwolves and Nik Stauskas with the 76ers. 

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Ricky Rubio Out Indefinitely With Sprained Right Elbow

Nov 1, 2016 9:28 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Ricky Rubio underwent an evaluation this evening by team orthopedic surgeon Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic which confirmed the initial diagnosis of a sprained right elbow.

Rubio will be listed as out indefinitely and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Rubio suffered the injury at the 6:28 mark of the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 106-103 loss at Sacramento on Saturday.

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Gorgui Dieng, Wolves Finalizing Four-Year, $64M Extension

Oct 31, 2016 5:42 PM

Gorgui Dieng and the Minnesota Timberwolves are working on agreement on a four-year, $64 million contract extension.

Dieng's future with the Wolves has been uncertain due to how he fits beside Karl-Anthony Towns.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Wolves Exercise 17-18 Options On Towns, Wiggins, LaVine, Jones

Oct 24, 2016 1:59 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised the third-year options on Tyus Jones and Karl-Anthony Towns, along with the fourth-year options on Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins.

Jones, 20, posted averages of 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in 15.5 minutes per contest in 37 games over his rookie season. The Wolves originally acquired the draft rights to the 6-2 guard from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 25, 2015.

LaVine, 21, owns career averages of 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 159 contests. The 6-5 guard tallied 14.0 ppg, on 45.2% shooting, including a 38.9% mark from three-point distance, a season ago. Minnesota drafted LaVine with the 13th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Towns, 20, averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season on his way to being named 2016 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year. The Wolves selected the 7-0 forward/center with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Wiggins, 21, has averaged 18.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 163 career contests over two seasons with Minnesota. The 6-8 forward tallied averages of 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists a season ago. Wiggins, who was named the 2015 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year, was acquired by the Wolves via trade on August 23, 2014 after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland.

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Dunc'd On: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Outlook w/ Zach Harper; Miami Heat Season Outlook w/ Albert Nahmad

Oct 24, 2016 12:30 AM

Zach Harper of the internet joins to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves season outlook. We discuss what effect Tom Thibodeau will have on the Wolves, how their young stars will progress, and how the new additions fit in. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Wolves season.

Then Albert Nahmad of Heathoops.com joins for an in-depth look at the Heat's summer and prospects for the season.

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Wolves Still Exploring Tyus Jones Trade Scenarios

Oct 22, 2016 8:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be engaged in trade talks involving Tyus Jones.

The Wolves have received interest on Jones from the Philadelphia 76ers amongst other teams.

Jones grew up in the Minnesota area and was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft but he's behind Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn on their depth chart at point guard.

Jones was also named the 2016 Summer League MVP.

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Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert
The Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.

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Thibodeau, Towns Cite LaVine As Big Factor In Opening Up Space For Wolves
Zach LaVine is widely expected to have a breakout season as the Wolves take another step forward building around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones
The Timberwolves are open to moving Tyus Jones.

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Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself
The Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

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Kris Dunn Favored By 46.7 Percent Of GMs To Win 16-17 ROY
The Wolves have had the Rookie of the Year in each of the past two seasons in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

GMs Pick Karl-Anthony Towns As Player To Build Franchise Around
While Anthony Davis received 86.2 percent of the vote before last season, Karl-Anthony Towns now ranks first at 48.3 percent.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: KG Expedited My Learning Curve
While nothing surprised Karl-Anthony Towns during his rookie season, he credits Kevin Garnett for how he was mentored.

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Wolves Have High Hopes For Ricky Rubio Under Tom Thibodeau
Ricky Rubio is signed through the 18-19 season and is one of the NBA's best defensive point guards.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division.

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Tom Thibodeau Wants To See Wolves' Core Up Close Before Deciding Needs
Tom Thibodeau believes he's evolved his coaching techniques during his sabbatical from coaching.

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Wolves Hire Ed Pinckney As Assistant Coach
Ed Pinckney spent last season as an Assistant Coach with Denver, and spent the previous five seasons with Tom Thibodeau in Chicago.

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Milt Newton Still Seeking Return To An NBA Front Office
Milt Newton said it's "a little disheartening" to lose the job that he's confident he would still have if Saunders were alive.

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Nikola Pekovic Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season With Ankle Injury
Nikola Pekovic has career averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

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Wolves To Sign Rasual Butler On Camp Deal
Rasual Butler made the Pacers, Wizards and Spurs out of camp over the past three seasons.

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Kevin Garnett Discussing Buyout With Wolves
Kevin Garnett has one season and $8 million remaining on his current contract.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Wolves Got To Make The Playoffs
Karl-Anthony Towns' personal goals for the 16-17 season are based on how the Wolves perform.

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Doc Rivers Expects Kevin Garnett To Keep Playing
Kevin Garnett has been a veteran presence within the Wolves' rebuilding process.

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Robbie Hummel Signs Deal With Nuggets
Robbie Hummel spent last season playing for Olimpia Milano in Italy, averaging 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 22.9 minutes per game.


Wolves To Work Out Dorell Wright, Rasual Butler
Dorell Wright played in China last season and finished 15-16 with the Miami Heat.

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