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LaVine, Barton, Aaron Gordon, Drummond In 2016 Slam Dunk Contest

Feb 3, 2016 11:02 PM

The NBA has set their four-man field for the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest in Toronto.

Zach LaVine will defend his title against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.

Barton and Gordon have each had a number of impressive dunks this season.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond, Will Barton, Aaron Gordon, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Andrew Wiggins Won't Compete In Toronto Dunk Contest

Feb 3, 2016 11:47 AM

Andrew Wiggins remains uninterested in competing the dunk contest.

The 2016 All-Star Game is in Wiggins' hometown of Toronto and he'll play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

"My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald's [All-]American Game, so I really don't do ... dunks anymore," Wiggins said during an interview with ESPN.com. "I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don't really do it anymore.

"Right now, you can give it to him [Zach LaVine]. I won't be doing all the surprise dunks. I just keep it simple -- one hand, two hands."

During the interview, Karl-Anthony Towns joked with Wiggins, "They want you in that [dunk] contest bad."

Wiggins shook his head and said, "Me? Nah. I lost. I'm not doing it again. Maybe one day, but right now, I lost in high school and I thought I should've won, so I'm just ..."

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Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis Win Rookie Of The Month For January

Feb 2, 2016 3:38 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for January.

Towns and Porzingis have won the award in each of the previous two months of the season as well.

Porzingis ranked fourth among all first-year players in scoring (15.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.2 rpg) in January. He also tied Towns for the rookie lead in blocked shots (1.63 bpg) and paced the East's first-year players in three-point field goal percentage (37.5). Porzingis posted four point-rebound double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound performance in a 100-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 8. He scored at least 12 points in 13 straight games from Jan. 3-26.

Towns was the only first-year player to average a double-double in January, with 16.9 points (third among all rookies) and 10.9 rebounds (tops among all rookies), and he shot 53.5 percent from the field and 87.2 percent from the free throw line. In the final seven games of the month, Towns recorded six double-doubles and averaged 22.7 points and 12.6 rebounds. On Jan. 20, Towns finished with 27 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in a 106-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the only NBA player to reach those totals in a game this season.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Award

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Nearly Half Of Wolves' Roster Concerned With Sam Mitchell

Jan 26, 2016 8:10 PM

Nearly half of the Minnesota Timberwolves' roster privately expressed concerns about Sam Mitchell.

The concerns are Mitchell's "outdated offensive system, his tendency to platoon his rotations and a lack of personal accountability for the struggles."

Kevin Garnett was asked about the criticism Mitchell has received and he declined to comment, passing on a chance to defend his former teammate.

Mitchell said he can't be concerned with his job status.

"It's bigger than me. And I learned that a long time ago," Mitchell said. "It may turn out that I'm here to see it (through). But it may turn out I'm not. The people in this league know there's a certain way we have to do this."

The Wolves recently came out of a 1-13 stretch.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Not Interested In David Blatt For Assistant Job

Jan 25, 2016 12:11 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have no intention of reaching out to David Blatt about joining their coaching staff.

Blatt initially expected to work with Andrew Wiggins with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Blatt was fired last week by the Cavaliers.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Explains Why He Left Andrew Wiggins Out Of SI Letter

Jan 8, 2016 3:07 PM

LeBron James believes Andrew Wiggins will benefit from the Cleveland Cavaliers decision to trade him for Kevin Love in 2014.

“I think the best thing about it is he’s getting an opportunity. He doesn’t have to wait in the shadows for anybody,” James told Yahoo. “He’s getting the opportunity to play and show everybody what he’s able to do, and it’s tough because the West has been so thick the [last] few years; there’s not a lot of room to win a bunch of a games. But I think for him, the sky could be the limit.”

James also explained why he omitted Wiggins from his Sports Illustrated letter.

"I didn't know the kid, really," James told Yahoo Sports. "I knew Dion (Waiters). I knew Kyrie (Irving). I knew Tristan (Thompson). I knew all the guys that I was playing with before. I didn't know the kid, so it wasn't no big issue to me."

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Tags: LeBron James, Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Rookies Of The Month

Jan 4, 2016 3:03 PM

Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for December.

Porzingis and Towns also won the award for November.

Towns had a PER of 23.4 in December, while Porzingis came in at 17.5.

Towns averaged 18.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game. 

Porzingis averaged 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.2 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Award

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Ricky Rubio Leads NBA In Net Rating From Sub-.500 Teams

Jan 1, 2016 3:32 PM

Ricky Rubio has the best net rating in the NBA amongst players on teams with a sub-.500 record.

Rubio has a net rating of +2.2.

Jared Dudley (1.7), Omri Casspi (0.8), Al-Farouq Aminu (0.7), Kristaps Porzingis (0.7), C.J. McCollum (0.6), Dwight Howard (0.3), Rodney Hood (0.1) and Patrick Beverley (0.1).

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Wolves Recall Tyus Jones From D-League

Dec 22, 2015 1:04 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled rookie guard Tyus Jones from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

In six games, all starts, for Idaho, Jones averaged 24.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.2 minutes per game. He shot 48.7 percent from the floor, including a 42.6 percent mark from three-point range during his stint with the Stampede. In his final game before being recalled, Jones scored 30 points while adding five rebounds and five assists.

Jones, originally selected with the 24th overall pick, was acquired by the Wolves in a draft-day trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jones has appeared in two games this season for Minnesota, averaging 0.5 points in 6.9 minutes per game.

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Wolves Make Kevin Martin Available In Trade Talks

Dec 17, 2015 1:25 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have made Kevin Martin available in trade talks.

The Wolves would like to give Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins even more minutes at shooting guard.

The Wolves have had conversations with two teams about Martin.

Martin is averaging 12.7 points in 26 minutes per game this season.

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Tags: Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Garnett's Mentoring Of Karl-Anthony Towns Tangible Yet Private
Kevin Garnett has embraced the role of mentor to the Minnesota Timberwolves' young core, particularly to Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Wolves Drawing Trade Calls On Shabazz Muhammad
Rival executives claim the Wolves have so far been unwilling to include Shabaz Muhammad in trade scenarios.

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Wolves Assign Tyus Jones To D-League
Tyus Jones has appeared in two games with the Wolves this season, playing a total of 14 minutes.

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Towns Wants To Always Be Strongest, Most Intelligent, Most Skilled Player On Court
Karl-Anthony Towns has been developing his offense around the basket and he'll eventually stretch out to three-point line with regularity.

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Wolves Nearly Picked Giannis Antetokounmpo Over Shabazz Muhammad
Giannis Antetokounmpo went 15th overall to the Bucks.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Glen Taylor In Talks To Sell Stake In Wolves To Steve Kaplan
Steve Kaplan is partnering with Jason Levien to buy a stake in the Wolves from Glen Taylor.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Have No D-League Plans Yet For Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones is currently the Wolves' fourth point guard.

Dennis Brackin/Star Tribune

Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Flip Saunders Passes Away At Age Of 60
Flip Saunders was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma but suffered a setback in September.


Wolves Waive Lorenzo Brown, Kleon Penn, Nick Wiggins
The Wolves' training camp roster stands at 15 players.

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Wolves Exercise 16-17 Options On Wiggins, LaVine, Muhammad, Payne, Dieng
The Wolves have exercised rookie options on five young players.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Preview With Zach Harper
How Andrew Wiggins can improve in his second season, the ceiling of Karl Towns, which of the other young prospects on the team will be part of the future and more.

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Flip Saunders Unlikely To Return As Head Coach This Season
Flip Saunders was diagnosed with cancer in August.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Anthony Bennett Clears Waivers, Raptors Considered Frontrunners
Anthony Bennett's reps pushed for a buyout with Minnesota and tried to dissuade teams from claiming him on waivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Not Discussing Ricky Rubio Trade
There have been rumors this offseason of a possible trade involving Ricky Rubio.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Anthony Bennett Gave Up $2.15M For Buyout
If Anthony Bennett clears waivers, he may have to sign a minimum salary contract worth $947,000, thereby forfeiting about $1 million from his original salary.

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Anthony Bennett Agrees To Buyout With Wolves
The Blazers are expected to pursue Anthony Bennett with the presence of Jay Triano a factor.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Bennett, Wolves Progressing On Buyout Talks
Anthony Bennett's agents have been eager for a contract buyout to allow him the chance for greater playing time.

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Wolves Sign Nick Wiggins, Kleon Penn To Camp Deals
Nick Wiggins is the older brother of Andrew Wiggins.

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Sam Mitchell To Become Interim Head Coach Of Wolves
Sam Mitchell will be elevated to interim head coach of the Timberwolves as Flip Saunders battles cancer.

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