Jun 16, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Interest in Sergey Karasev has elevated so much from seven teams between the Nos. 9 and 22 picks in the NBA draft, the Russian prospect will have those organizations fly out to meet him in Europe, league sources told RealGM.
Karasev, 19, remains unlikely to leave Russia for any workouts or interviews, but teams have insisted they come sit down with him in Russia. Even though he’ll speak to teams now, Karasev won’t work out.
When Karasev returned to Russia earlier this month, he had left teams believing they might not get the opportunity to see him before the draft. Still, Karasev hasn’t received a firm first round guarantee yet, a source said.
A 6-foot-7 swingman, Karasev has intrigued with his shooting and playmaking, following an average of 20 points on 49 percent three-point shooting in this season’s European Cup. With the ninth and 26th selections in the first round, the Minnesota Timberwolves have scouted Karasev comprehensively after bringing over Alexey Shved from Russia last offseason, but they don’t appear to be the strongest contenders for Karasev.
Jun 13, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
During Cody Zeller's workout for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Flip Saunders let the big man know that he "got his butt kicked" in Indiana's upset loss to Minnesota last season.
Even at seven feet, Zeller is power forward in the NBA -- not a center -- according to Saunders.
“He’s not a center and anyone looking at him as a center is not evaluating,” Saunders said. “He can really shoot the ball. He’ll be a very good ‘stretch 4.’ ”
Zeller believes he would be a terrific fit with the Timberwolves.
“I think I’d fit in well,” Zeller said. “I’d be able to grow behind [Nikola] Pekovic and [Kevin] Love. I know [Ricky] Rubio would be a lot of fun to play with. I love point guards who can run … My quickness, speed, agility as a big guy, that’s what I’ve been doing in the Big Ten and that’s what translates in the NBA.”
Jun 10, 2013 3:15 PM EDT
Andre Kirilenko needs to decide days before July 1 whether he will exercise next season on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves or opt for free agency.
Flip Saunders is not sure of Kirilenko's plans.
“We don’t have a gut feel,” Saunders said of Kirilenko’s plans. “It’s a lot of money, at $10 million, to say you’re going to opt out of it. But anything can happen. You know how that goes.”
Kirilenko averaged 12.4 points an 5.7 rebounds in 64 games this season.
Jun 07, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in moving up in the June 27 draft to select Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo has thus far declined to work out for the Timberwolves, because his representatives need reason to believe Minnesota can move up to Orlando's spot at No. 2, Washington's spot at No. 3 or Charlotte's spot at No. 4.
Oladipo is projected as a top-six choice by various outlets.
Jun 07, 2013 1:19 AM EDT
Kevin Love has three guaranteed years and a player option for a fourth season remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Love did not receive the maximum five-year deal from former Timberwolves president David Kahn.
"I know that there's a lot that goes into it, especially … the new CBA," Love said. "I think it's just the way it goes sometimes and that I've got to really put it behind me. But it also really gives us more space to sign guys like … (restricted free agent) Nikola Pekovic this summer, so I think it's gonna be good for us in that at the end of the day, I have a fourth-year player option myself, so I think I have a little bit of flexibility whatever I decide to do.
"But I think as far as heading in the right direction and re-signing Pekovic and Ricky (Rubio) finally being healthy, Rick Adelman coming, Flip Saunders being on board now, I think it's gonna make for a great number of years."
This offseason, Pekovic is a restricted free agent and will be looking to test the market.
Rubio is scheduled to hit restricted free agency in the summer of 2015.
May 31, 2013 11:18 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves want to add a shooting guard with size to play alongside Ricky Rubio.
“Just because we’re so small there, outside of [Alexey] Shved,” Flip Saunders said. “The other guys — [J.J.] Barea and Luke [Ridnour] — are 6-foot players who have to guard Kobe Bryant and those guys. So what you want is a ‘2’ guard [shooting guard] who has size and can shoot the ball.”
To that end, the Timberwolves worked out Tim Hardaway Jr., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Allen Crabbe and Ricky Ledo on Thursday.
Saunders will likely bring C.J. McCollum, Shabazz Muhammad, Jamaal Franklin and others to Minnesota for workouts as the draft approaches.
May 29, 2013 1:52 PM EDT
The 2013 Vegas Summer League will be comprised of 22 teams and run from July 12 to July 22.
Atlanta Hawks (2010-12)
Charlotte Bobcats (2008, 2012)
Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-12)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-12)
Dallas Mavericks (2005-12)
Denver Nuggets (2004-12)
Golden State Warriors (2005-12)
L.A. Clippers (2005-12)
L.A. Lakers (2007-12)
Memphis Grizzlies (2007-12)
Miami Heat (2010-12)
Milwaukee Bucks (2007-12)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-12)
NBA D-League Select (2009-12)
New Orleans Pelicans (2005-12)
New York Knicks (2005-12)
Phoenix Suns (2004-12)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-12)
Sacramento Kings (2005-12)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-12)
Toronto Raptors (2008-12)
Washington Wizards (2004-12)
May 25, 2013 12:12 PM EDT
James Southerland has scheduled eight visits over the next few weeks.
Southerland will work out for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz.
"He's visiting a bunch of teams," Southerland's agent, Mark Bartelstein said. "He's going to be very, very busy."
Southerland worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this week.
May 24, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are targeting Victor Oladipo in the NBA draft, according to league sources.
The Timberwolves currently have the ninth overall pick and would have to move up to get Oladipo.
Flip Saunders is likely to engage the Charlotte Bobcats, holders of the No. 4 pick, in trade talks.
May 21, 2013 8:52 PM EDT
The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery was held on Tuesday in Times Square with the Cleveland Cavaliers winning for the second time in three years and third time in ten years. The Washington Wizards moved up from the eighth slot to draft third.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Toronto Raptors
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
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The Timberwolves finished as the NBA's worst three-point shooting team.
Flip Saunders has begun restructuring the Timberwolves.
Kevin Love will assumedly have a better relationship with the Wolves due to the departure of David Kahn, but Ricky Rubio's situation is more complicated.
Flip Saunders has maintained contact with Rick Adelman and believes the coach will return for a third year next season.
Flip Saunders has signed a deal to become president of basketball operations for the Wolves.
The Timberwolves went 89-223 and missed the playoffs in all four seasons under David Kahn.
The Wolves have an 89-223 record during David Kahn's four seasons as decision-maker.
David Kahnís contract with the Timberwolves includes a team option for the 2013-14 season.
Chase Budinger has played under Rick Adelman in Houston and Minnesota.
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman says that finding a "quality" shooting guard will be one of the team's top offseason priorities.
Kevin Love broke his hand twice this season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week.
David Kahn's contract is set to expire this summer.
Brandon Roy is traveling with the Timberwolves and still hopes to play at least one game this season.
Kevin Love will have surgery later this week and the recovery time for his procedure is four to six weeks.
Ricky Rubio's specific violation came with 46 seconds remaining in Minnesota's home win over the Thunder on March 29th.
Rick Adelman says the duo has shown enough in their short time to possibly make the team next season.
Brandon Roy has been working out hard for the last two weeks and his right knee has shown improvement.
Kevin Love's shooting hand won't be re-evaluated until sometime next week, but Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is still hoping to see him on the court this season.
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The NBA has released a statement that a foul should have been called on Kobe Bryant in the final seconds of the Los Angeles Lakers' 120-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
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