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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement

Sep 23, 2016 3:58 PM

Kevin Garnett have agreed upon a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a retirement announcement shortly followed.

Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

Garnett was the NBA MVP in 2003 and won a ring with the Celtics in 2008 one season after he was traded by the Wolves. Garnett was a 15-time All-Star with his last appearance coming in 2013.

Garnett will likely enter the Hall of Fame in five years with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

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Wolves To Sign Rasual Butler On Camp Deal

Sep 22, 2016 1:27 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign Rasual Butler on a non-guaranteed deal.

Butler made the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs out of camp over the past three seasons.

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Kevin Garnett Discussing Buyout With Wolves

Sep 21, 2016 10:36 PM

Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are in advanced discussions on a buyout.

Garnett has one season and $8 million remaining on his current contract. The belief is Garnett will elect to retire at the age of 40, joining Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan as future Hall of Famers to make 15-16 their final season.

Glen Taylor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he hasn't talked to Garnett "for weeks."

"I have not talked with him at all," Taylor told the newspaper. "We have to decide, in the next couple weeks, if he's going to play or not play. I'm waiting for him. I sent him a message, told him, "I need you to make a decision.' I just haven't heard from him."

Garnett agreed to come back to the Wolves, sources say, in part because he hoped to join Saunders in eventually buying the franchise from Taylor, the longtime owner. But Garnett lost his strongest ally in the organization when Saunders died just before the start of last season, only three months after it was announced Saunders had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Wolves Got To Make The Playoffs

Sep 8, 2016 2:36 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns' personal goals for the 16-17 season are based on how the Minnesota Timberwolves perform.

"Personal goals are based on team," said Towns. "We’ve got to make the playoffs. We’ve got to do something special, and it’s up to us to continue to work and to make that happen."

Towns was also asked how he sees his game evolving.

"I think it’s going to be much much better," said Towns. "I’ve had a whole season to learn under KG [Kevin Garnett]. I just feel that I can be a much better player. Having a whole year to learn and have the whole year to see for myself what it takes, I feel I’m going to be a much better leader from a player standpoint. I will take what I’ve learned in one season and build upon it. It’s going to be awesome."

Towns will be playing for Tom Thibodeau this season and was asked how that has gone so far.

"He’s taught me a lot so far," said Towns. "He’s really smart, he’s a great guy. I look at him not even as my coach, but as a good friend of mine, and that’s how it has to be. If we want to be able to go to another spot to something greater, we have to always be on the same page and have a good rapport. That’s what we do have."

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Doc Rivers Expects Kevin Garnett To Keep Playing

Sep 6, 2016 8:47 PM

Doc Rivers is confident Kevin Garnett will continue his playing career this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Garnett has been a veteran presence within the Wolves' rebuilding process.

"I think Kevin -- and I know it, because I talk to him -- loves the young guys on his team," Rivers said. "He loves how they work. He thinks they have an old-school mentality. So I think he's really gotten into Kevin, the teacher. And I honestly never saw that coming, either. Yet he was a phenomenal teacher with [Boston]; I just didn't think he would have the patience to do it. And I think Kevin loves teaching these young guys."

Garnett will be reunited with Tom Thibodeau if he does play this season.

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Robbie Hummel Signs Deal With Nuggets

Sep 4, 2016 8:59 PM

Robbie Hummel has signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.

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.

Hummel spent the 13-14 and 14-15 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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Wolves To Work Out Dorell Wright, Rasual Butler

Sep 4, 2016 8:56 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will bring in Dorell Wright and Rasual Butler for workouts.

Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are in Year 1 of remaking the Wolves' roster and are looking for new end of the bench veterans.

Wright played in China last season and finished 15-16 with the Miami Heat.

Butler played 46 games in 15-16 with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Kris Dunn Scores Most Favorably In Poll Of Incoming Rookie Class

Aug 30, 2016 5:02 PM

Kris Dunn scored most favorably in a poll of his fellow rookie draft class.

When asked which player will win the 16-17 NBA Rookie of the Year award, Dunn received 29 percent of the vote ahead of Brandon Ingram with 25.8 percent and Ben Simmons with 19.4 percent. Dunn was also voted as the best playmaker at 29.4 percent and he's even the funniest at 15.2 percent.

Ingram was voted as the player most likely to have the best career with 26.7 percent, ahead of Dunn with 16.7 percent.

Jaylen Brown was voted as the most athletic rookie with 38.7 percent.

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Wolves Sign Toure' Murry, John Lucas III To Camp Deals

Aug 24, 2016 1:14 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Toure' Murry and John Lucas III to camp deals.

Both players will have a shot to compete for a roster spot at the guard position.

The Wolves have Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones at point guard.

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Kris Dunn Has Recovered From Summer League Concussion

Aug 12, 2016 10:28 AM

Kris Dunn has recovered from a concussion he sustained during Summer League in July.

“I feel great. I’m back on court. I’m just working to get better for training camp, but I’m definitely back,” said Dunn on Thursday.

Dunn was the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dunn was asked about his expectations on whether he'll start or come off the bench.

“Just like any other time, when you’re coming from 8th grade to freshman year, you just want to prove yourself and work hard. Same thing when you’re going from high school to college,” Dunn said. “Whatever happens, happens. If I’m a starter or not a starter, I’m going to do whatever the coach needs me to do. I’m just here to learn.”

Michael Rand/Star Tribune

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Wolves Hire Noah Croom As Assistant GM
Noah Croom is leaving Goodwin Sports Management to move back to the team side.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Karl-Anthony Towns Already Calling Minnesota Home
Karl-Anthony Towns grew up in New Jersey but he's quickly acclimated to living in Minnesota with the Timberwolves.

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Wolves Unlikely To Trade Ricky Rubio
Speculation about the future of Ricky Rubio has been heightened since they drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Tyus Jones Named Summer League MVP
Jordan McRae, Bobby Portis, Ben Simmons, Alan Williams joined Tyus Jones on the All-NBA Summer League First Team.

RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Garnett Unsure If Knees Will Hold Up Playing In 16-17
Kevin Garnett is under contract for $8 million next season with the Timberwolves.

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Jordan Hill Agrees To Two-Year, $8M Deal With Wolves
Jordan Hill spent last season with the Pacers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Brandon Rush, Wolves Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Deal
Brandon Rush has agreed to sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Timberwolves.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Pau Gasol Receiving Offers In $18M-$22M Per Year Range
Pau Gasol has received interest from the Raptors, Blazers, Bulls, Timberwolves and Spurs amongst others.

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Cole Aldrich, Wolves Agree Upon Three-Year, $22M Deal
Cole Aldrich had a breakout season with the Clippers in 15-16.

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Raptors, Wolves, Blazers, Spurs Interested In Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol could elect to wait until after Kevin Durant makes his free agent decision before moving forward with his own choice.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

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Luol Deng Receiving Interest From Jazz, Wolves, Clippers
Luol Deng would give the Jazz a versatile forward that allows them to play either big or small.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Greg Smith Waived By Wolves
Greg Smith was originally signed to 10-day contracts on March 2 and March 12 before being signed through the end of the season on March 22.

RealGM Staff Report

Glen Taylor Sells Shares Of Wolves, Will Remain Controlling Owner
Shares of the Wolves will be sold to the NBA's first Chinese minority owner.

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid
The Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls held serious trade talks involving Jimmy Butler with both the Celtics and Wolves.

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Bulls, Wolves End Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade Talks
The Bulls have reportedly sought Zach LaVine as part of the package for Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves, Bulls Have Optimism Of Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade
The Bulls are prepared to go into a full rebuild ahead of a strong 2017 draft.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Likely To Trade Ricky Rubio, Reject Significant Offers To Select Kris Dunn
Tom Thibodeau has been active in shopping Ricky Rubio throughout the week and his tenure with the franchise is likely coming to an end.

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Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Jimmy Butler.

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