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Wolves Walk Away From Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Deal With Knicks

Feb 23, 2017 3:07 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves decided to walk away from their talks with the New York Knicks on Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose.

The Wolves have shopped Rubio throughout the season as they consider Kris Dunn the future at point guard.

According to Ian Begley, the Knicks were seeing a second asset such as a pick or rotation player in addition to Rubio.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Still Seeking Trade For Ricky Rubio

Feb 23, 2017 9:29 AM

The New York Knicks continue to target Ricky Rubio in trade talks.

Rubio has been shopped by the Minnesota Timberwolves since Tom Thibodeau was hired last offseason.

The Knicks are unlikely to re-sign Derrick Rose in the offseason and have been taking trade offers for him.

According to Marc Stein, the Knicks are seeking an additional piece from the Wolves to complete the Rose for Rubio trade. Stein updated at 12:37 PM that the two sides remain engaged on talks.

At 2:40 PM, Shams Charania reported talks have stalled between the Knicks and Wolves on Rose.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards Interested In Trading For Shabazz Muhammad

Feb 21, 2017 8:13 PM

The Washington Wizards have interest in trading for Shabazz Muhammad of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Muhammad will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Wizards appear willing to part with a first round pick in this year's draft to add depth to their roster. 

After a slow start to the season under Scott Brooks, the Wizards are among the leaders in the Eastern Conference.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Tom Thibodeau Pushing For Derrick Rose Trade

Feb 21, 2017 5:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to strongly pursue a trade for Derrick Rose.

Tom Thibodeau coached Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls. Rose will be a free agent this offseason and could be the veteran bridge point guard the Wolves have sought to pair with Kris Dunn.

“Thibs wants to do this,” says a league source.

Minnesota would like to clear the contract of Ricky Rubio from their books.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade

Feb 20, 2017 11:24 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the New York Knicks about a trade centered around Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose.

Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls.

The Wolves have had interest in trading away Rubio throughout the season as they view Kris Dunn as the future at point guard. Minnesota would like to clear Rubio's contract off their books moving forward.

The Detroit Pistons have revisited talks with the Wolves for Rubio and Reggie Jackson could be dealt to the Knicks as part of a three-way trade.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell

Feb 20, 2017 9:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed mild interest in trading for Tony Snell.

Snell was moved this season by the Chicago Bulls to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Tony Snell, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Official Transaction

Adreian Payne Out Indefinitely With Blood Condition

Feb 8, 2017 1:39 PM

Adreian Payne is out indefinitely with a blood condition.

Payne has thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count. The condition can cause bleeding, bruising and slow blood clotting after injury.

Payne is receiving care from team doctors.

Payne is averaging 4.0 points in 12 games this season as he's played sparingly this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Star Tribune

Tags: Adreian Payne, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Wolves Sign Lance Stephenson To 10-Day Contract

Feb 7, 2017 10:59 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to sign Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract.

Stephenson is expected to provide depth and playmaking to a Timberwolves backcourt that lost Zach LaVine for the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.

Stephenson recently worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephenson entered his seventh NBA season in October on a partially guaranteed contract and made the New Orleans Pelicans’ roster out of training camp. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and three rebounds in six games, but was released after undergoing groin surgery in November.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Lance Stephenson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zach LaVine Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee

Feb 4, 2017 7:09 PM

Zach LaVine has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken on Saturday at Mayo Clinic by Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm revealed the injury. LaVine, who will have surgery at a to-be-determined date, will miss the remainder of the season.

The injury occurred during last night’s 116-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

In 47 games this season, LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game. In his third NBA season, LaVine holds career averages of 13.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 206 games.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Wolves To Purchase Iowa Energy Of D-League

Jan 23, 2017 4:05 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and the NBA Development League announced a letter of intent from Taylor to purchase majority ownership in the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy.

Subject to finalization and NBA D-League approval of the transaction, Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

“It’s an exciting time in the NBA D-League as we welcome Glen Taylor and the Minnesota Timberwolves to our ownership ranks,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “The Timberwolves are the latest in an ever-growing list of NBA teams that recognize the value an NBA D-League team brings to a franchise – a trend I’m confident will continue as the league grows to 30 teams.”

“We’re thrilled to bring the Iowa Energy into the Timberwolves family,” said Taylor. “It’s great knowing that we can develop our young players so close to home and enjoy all the other benefits that come with owning a D-League team. We look forward to growing our relationship with the greater Des Moines area, the state of Iowa and basketball fans across the Upper Midwest.”

The Energy’s current hybrid partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, Iowa Energy, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors
Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio
Stan Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Ricky Rubio Leaves Wolves For Personal Reasons
Ricky Rubio didn't play in the second half of Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hip.


Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade
No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Wolves Actively Looking For Ricky Rubio Trade
Minnesota has been searching for a "bridge" guard in return to start in the short-term but ultimately back up Kris Dunn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves Hire Dwight Lutz, Nick Restifo As Basketball Operations Analysts
Nick Restifo spent time as a contributing writer for NylonCalculus and as a Basketball Analytics Coordinator at the University of New Haven.

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Dunc'd On: Jim Petersen On The Minnesota Timberwolves Season
Jim Petersen gives his impressions of the Wolves season so far.

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Wolves Waive John Lucas III
John Lucas III appeared in just five games for Minnesota.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Donatas Motiejunas Agrees To Deal With Pelicans After Meeting With Lakers, Wolves
Donatas Motiejunas was examined by Nets doctors earlier this season and Brooklyn was comfortable signing him to an offer sheet.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nikola Pekovic Prepared To Retire
Minnesota is expected to pursue a medical retirement for Nikola Pekovic after Jan 31st.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Interested In Trading For Frontcourt Player
Tom Thibodeau has been committed to playing Karl-Anthony Towns in two-big lineups.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins Reminds Tom Thibodeau Of Paul Pierce On Offense
Andrew Wiggins has improved his shooting dramatically to begin his third NBA season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Karl-Anthony Towns: I Play In Both Eras With Inside/Outside Game
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is one of the most versatile young big men to ever play in the NBA.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Ricky Rubio Agrees To Extension With Adidas
Ricky Rubio previously signed an endorsement deal with Adidas in 2012.

Nick DePaula/The Vertical

Gorgui Dieng Comfortable Leaving $16M+ On Table To Stay With Wolves
Gorgui Dieng would have likely commanded a contract of at least $80 million in free agency.


RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk break down the NBA's rookie scale extension and option deadline.

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Ricky Rubio Out Indefinitely With Sprained Right Elbow
Ricky Rubio suffered the injury in the fourth quarter against the Kings.

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Gorgui Dieng, Wolves Finalizing Four-Year, $64M Extension
Gorgui Dieng's future with the Wolves has been uncertain due to how he fits beside Karl-Anthony Towns.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

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Dunc'd On: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Outlook w/ Zach Harper; Miami Heat Season Outlook w/ Albert Nahmad
Zach Harper on the Wolves and Albert Nahmad on the Heat.

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