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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.”

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Wolves Hire Noah Croom As Assistant GM

Aug 2, 2016 10:14 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Noah Croom as assistant general manager.

Croom is leaving Goodwin Sports Management to move back to the team side. Croom was previously an executive with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Croom will join Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden with the Wolves.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Already Calling Minnesota Home

Jul 28, 2016 1:31 PM

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

“A lot of times, I talk to my friends and family and I’m always trying to rush back to Minnesota,” Towns said Wednesday. “This is where I call home.”

Towns was at a basketball camp at Hopkins High School in Minnesota.

“I have a lot of my blood and sweat and tears here,” Towns said. “I have a certain thing with Minnesota. I always want to come back here.”

Towns tries to get back to Minnesota as often as possible during the summer.

“I love being here,” Towns said. “Hopefully, I can spend the rest of my career here.”

Towns has been talking to his Wolves' teammates regularly.

“We’re concocting a plan to be the best Timberwolves team that’s come around in a long time,” he said. “A lot of people tend to think that we’re the Timberwolves, and we’re at the bottom of the barrel,” he said. “I just want everyone to know that we’re coming. Just remember us, remember who we were for the last 13 years, because things are about to change.”

 

 

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Wolves Unlikely To Trade Ricky Rubio

Jul 18, 2016 11:37 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are unlikely to trade away Ricky Rubio.

Speculation about the future of Rubio has been heightened since they drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick.

“I don’t see that as a likely possibility,” owner Glen Taylor said about a Rubio trade. “I just think the coach, everybody, likes Ricky. I think we want him to come in and improve on his shooting. But his other things, he plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better. He has some wonderful qualities.

“I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is.”

Rubio has three seasons remaining on his contract with Minnesota.

The Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau as their head coach in April and Taylor believes they will help Rubio with his shooting

"I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that's where we're going to start out and go and we'll see how good Kris Dunn is," Taylor said.

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Tyus Jones Named Summer League MVP

Jul 18, 2016 10:57 AM

Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016.

All-NBA Summer League First Team: Tyus Jones (Minnesota), Jordan McRae (Cleveland), Bobby Portis (Chicago), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia), Alan Williams (Phoenix)

All-NBA Summer League Second Team: Jaylen Brown (Boston), Thon Maker (Milwaukee), Kelly Oubre Jr. (Washington), Norman Powell (Toronto), Tyler Ulis (Phoenix)

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Kevin Garnett Unsure If Knees Will Hold Up Playing In 16-17

Jul 17, 2016 11:37 AM

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 knowing we got into the playoffs,' " Glen Taylor said.

"Then he said, 'I don't know if I can.'

"I asked him, 'What does that mean?' And he said, 'I don't know.'

"So I asked the question but I didn't get an answer that helped me. Yes, theoretically, he'd like to play. But he has some doubts of his knees holding up. I believe he told me exactly the truth."

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Jordan Hill Agrees To Two-Year, $8M Deal With Wolves

Jul 13, 2016 2:05 PM

Jordan Hill has agreed upon a two-year, $8 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hill spent last season with the Indiana Pacers.

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Brandon Rush, Wolves Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Deal

Jul 6, 2016 2:38 PM

Brandon Rush has agreed to sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rush has played for the Golden State Warriors from 2011 until 2016 with one season with the Utah Jazz in-between.

Rush averaged 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game last season for the Warriors while hitting 41.4 percent of his three-pointers.

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Pau Gasol Receiving Offers In $18M-$22M Per Year Range

Jul 3, 2016 5:31 PM

Pau Gasol has been receiving interest from a number of teams with offers in the $18 million to $22 million per year range on a short-term deal.

Gasol has received interest from the Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs amongst others.

Gasol has been expected to wait until Kevin Durant agrees to terms with a team before making his decision.

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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.

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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.

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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.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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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76ers Have Been Conducting 'Due Diligence' On Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio signed a four-year, $54 million extension with the Wolves in 2014.

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Andy Greer Leaving Raptors To Become Wolves' Top Assistant
Andy Greer served under Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls from 2010 until 2015.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves Interested In Trading For Kenneth Faried
Tom Thibodeau has long been an admirer of Kenneth Faried and worked with him as part of the United States' World Cup team in 2014.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
The Wolves are making the fifth overall pick available to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

Marc Stein, Chad Ford/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins Won't Play For Canada In Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Andrew Wiggins is set to start his third NBA season with the Timberwolves.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Dunc'd On: Kevin Pelton On Finals Game 3, MIN Offseason
Kevin Pelton joins to discuss Game 3 of the Finals. Was the blowout the result of the Cavs playing well or the Warriors poorly, and what does this mean for the rest of the series? We also take some mailbag questions on the series.

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Wolves Plan To Target Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is widely expected to leave the Bulls this offseason and he previously worked until Tom Thibodeau.

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Wolves Part Ways With Milt Newton, Rob Babcock
Milt Newton had been serving as general manager of the Wolves before the arrival of Tom Thibodeau.

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