Dec 17, 2014 8:56 PM EST
Corey Brewer has been placed back on the trading block by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Flip Saunders, after calling Brewer "too valuable to trade" on Nov. 20, publicly acknowledged last week that the Wolves' many injuries and subsequent struggles to compete in the difficult West have forced Minnesota to concede that the team is shifting from a "retool" mode to a "rebuild."
Dec 17, 2014 2:14 PM EST
Last season, Kevin Pelton found that 25 of the previous 26 ROY awards had gone to the rookie with the highest combined averages of points, rebounds and assists per game. Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014-15 winner, made that 26 of 27.
Andrew Wiggins is now the favorite to win Rookie of the Year following the season-ending injury to Jabari Parker.
Parker was leading rookies in that combined category at 19.5, followed by Wiggins at 17.8, Nerlens Noel at 16.2 and Zach LaVine at 15.1.
The one ROY in the past 27 seasons not to lead rookies in combined per-game stats was Amar'e Stoudemire, who finished a combined 0.1 behind Yao Ming in 2003-04.
Dec 14, 2014 6:15 PM EST
Ronny Turiaf will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right hip. The operation will be performed this Tuesday by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. A further update on Turiaf’s status will be provided following Tuesday’s procedure.
Turiaf has played in two games this season, totaling one rebound and two assists in just over 18 minutes of action. Turiaf spent the first five games of the season and the last 14 contests on the inactive list due to right hip soreness.
Dec 10, 2014 12:25 PM EST
With injuries to Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting the focus of the season to a rebuild.
Flip Saunders headed into the season hopeful that it would be more of a "retool" with a "blended" roster.
“Now you look at a situation where we might be going into a rebuild, which changes the dynamics of everything,” Saunders said.
The Wolves could look to trade veterans such as Martin, Corey Brewer, Thaddeus Young and Mo Williams, while opening up more playing time for Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Anthony Bennett, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.
“When you’re doing a rebuild, it’s not pleasant for anybody,” Saunders said. “It’s not pleasant for fans, for you guys [media members], for coaches, for players. But sometimes you’re forced to do some things that maybe you didn’t plan on doing. Hopefully what you do is, I have to have patience understanding that. Fans have to have patience — and everyone has to have patience — in understanding what that does mean.”
Dec 03, 2014 7:09 PM EST
Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for November.
Parker helped lead the Bucks to a 10-8 mark during October/November by averaging 11.9 points (T-1st among rookies), 6.1 rebounds (2nd), 1.7 assists (7th) and 1.33 steals (2nd) per game. He began his career by posting double-doubles in two of his first three games (11 points and 10 rebounds on Oct. 31 vs. Philadelphia, and 13 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 1 at Washington). In doing so, Parker became just the 14th player in the last 30 seasons to record multiple double-doubles within his first three career games, and the only teenager to accomplish the feat.
Wiggins averaged 11.6 points (2nd among NBA rookies), 3.7 rebounds and 1.13 steals in 15 games, all starts. He led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent (11-for-25). Among Western Conference rookies, Wiggins was 1st in scoring, steals and minutes played, 2nd in blocks and 3rd in rebounding.
Nov 29, 2014 3:38 PM EST
Free agent power forward Jeff Adrien has reached agreement on a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves under the NBA’s injury hardship exception, league sources told RealGM on Saturday.
With Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin and Ronny Turiaf sidelined with injuries, the Timberwolves were granted a short-term exception to sign a 16th player to their roster temporarily and decided upon Adrien.
Adrien has averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds over four NBA seasons. A 6-foot-7 product who performs beyond his size with activity and athletic ferocity, he has played for Golden State, Houston, Charlotte and Milwaukee. Adrien averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28 games to close the 2013-14 season with the Bucks.
Adrien, 28, went to training camp with the Rockets in October.
Nov 21, 2014 1:36 PM EST
An MRI revealed that Kevin Martin has a fractured right wrist and will be out indefinitely.
Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.
The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.
Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line.
Nov 20, 2014 2:59 PM EST
Flip Saunders appeared to be backtracking on the Minnesota Timberwolves' reported trade talks involving Corey Brewer.
"He's just too valuable to us to move," Saunders said.
Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Brewer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets are two reported suitors for Brewer.
Nov 16, 2014 5:50 PM EST
The Minnesota Timberwolves are discussing trading Corey Brewer with multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, according to sources.
The Cavaliers and Rockets view Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.
Minnesota is believed to be seeking future assets in exchange for Brewer.
If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. The Rockets have been known to covet Brewer since last season and they registered trade interest in the 28-year-old even before Brewer had a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season.
Nov 14, 2014 11:20 AM EST
Kevin Garnett is interested in becoming an NBA owner when he retires as a player and would like to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That's what I want," Garnett said.
Garnett was drafted by the Wolves in the 1995 NBA Draft and spent 12 seasons there before being traded to the Boston Celtics.
The Timberwolves were valued at $430 million in January, according to Forbes Magazine. The next NBA television contract will be extremely lucrative and is expected to raise the price of the franchise.
Garnett has made $315 million during his career and has also earned millions in endorsements.
"He would be one of the best owners in the NBA because he understands what the players need and he understands what it takes to be successful in the NBA,” Billy King told Yahoo Sports.
Glen Taylor told the Associated Press on May that he was looking to add a minority partner who would hold an option to buy him out. Taylor also made it clear he is committed to keeping the team in Minnesota.
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