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Wolves Waive Brady Heslip

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived guard Brady Heslip.

The Wolves roster now stands at 16 players.

Heslip, 24, appeared in four preseason games for the Wolves, tallying five points, two steals and one rebound in nine minutes of play. The 6-2 guard saw action in five games (two starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, shooting 61.1% from the field and 70.0% from three-point range.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Love: My Decision Was About Wanting To Win

Kevin Love wrote a first-person essay called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", which details his trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I grew up a lot – personally and professionally – during my time with the Wolves," writes Love. "I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t always handle things perfectly. We are all unfinished products. It’s not easy to handle the disappointment of losing when you’re in your early twenties. There were times when I wasn’t easy to be around in the locker room. It’s hard to be a leader when you don’t have the model — and when you don’t have a blueprint for what winning in the NBA looks like.

"But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan).

"In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on."

Via The Players Tribune

Wolves Waive Kyrylo Fesenko

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Kyrylo Fesenko.

The Wolves roster now stands at 17 players.

Fesenko, 27, appeared in one preseason game for the Wolves, tallying one rebound and one steal in three minutes of play. The 7-1 center saw action in five games (three starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game. Fesenko, originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game over his five-year NBA career.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Timberwolves Exercise Third-Year Options On Bennett, Dieng, Muhammad

The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised the third-year options on forward Anthony Bennett, center Gorgui Dieng and forward Shabazz Muhammad on Sunday.

Bennett, obtained in a trade from Cleveland on Aug. 23, saw action in 52 games for the Cavaliers in 2013-14, averaging 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.

Dieng saw action in 60 games last season, including 33 of the final 35; he averaged 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game
 
Muhammad finished his rookie NBA season by appearing in 37 games for the Wolves, all off the bench, and averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game
Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

Chase Budinger has been made available in trade talks by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest in Budinger, among several other teams.

Houston and Detroit are reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger's contract.

The Wolves have an excess of forwards and minutes may be limited for Budinger.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins Being Pushed To 'Come Back At You' From Start

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been significant believers in Andrew Wiggins' talent and abilities, going back to his one season at Kansas.

"He could play 60 percent [at Kansas] and still be the best player by far," Newton said.

The Timberwolves' coaching staff has been encouraging Wiggins to push himself and stop trying to blend in.

"Very coachable," said Sam Mitchell, who played for the Wolves for 10 of his 13 seasons. 

Minnesota is attempting to trigger Wiggins' attack mentality from the beginning of the season and start of games, instead of having an event bring it about.

"You saw with this kid, sometimes something has to trigger in him for him to come back at you," a team source said. "What we've been trying to get him to do is be that way from the beginning."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Rubio, Wolves At Standstill On Extension Negotiations

Ricky Rubio is at a standstill in negotiations with the Minnesota Timberwolves regarding a contract extension.

The Timberwolves were recently reported as offering Rubio a new deal in the neighborhood of four years and $48 million.

Rubio has said he hopes to stay with the Timberwolves.

Via Charlie Walters/Pioneer Press

RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Northwest division with Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN (@SherwoodStrauss) and Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak and the New York Times (@BeckleyMason). 

The three work through the offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets, including the Kevin Love trade, preview the upcoming season and hit on many other NBA topics including OKC's future, the Warriors' situation and locker room dynamics.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ricky Rubio, Wolves Continuing Extension Talks On Possible $11M Annually

Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves will have contract talks in person this week that could make him the second-highest paid player on the team.

Both sides appear willing to make a deal. Rubio and Glen Taylor spoke several times by telephone last week, with each expressing hope a contract extension can get done soon.

A new deal, expected to be for four seasons, could be worth $11 million annually. Nikola Pekovic is the highest paid Timberwolves player at $12.1 a year.

Rubio's representatives have been seeking a five-year maximum contract. The Timberwolves are willing to wait if the four-year deal is not enough.

Via Charley Walters/Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Minnesota Timberwolves Archives

Wolves Offer Max Contract To Eric Bledsoe, Pushing For Sign-And-Trade

The Wolves are offering Eric Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million max contract.

Timberwolves Optimistic About Extension For Ricky Rubio

The Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio have discussed a contract extension.

Kyrylo Fesenko Signs Camp Contract With Timberwolves

Kyrylo Fesenko has played five NBA seasons with the Jazz and Pacers.

Glenn Robinson III Agrees To Guaranteed Deal With Wolves

Glenn Robinson dropped to Flip Saunders and the Wolves at 40th overall after leaving Michigan as a sophomore.

Thompson 'Super Excited' Warriors Didn't Trade Him For Love

Klay Thompson preferred to stay with the Warriors.

Ricky Rubio 'Loyal' To Wolves As Sides Discuss Extension

Ricky Rubio's agent and the Timberwolves have discussed a contract extension for the point guard.

Wolves To Sign Brady Heslip To Camp Deal

The Wolves were impressed with Heslip's play in the Summer League.

Love: Taylor Should Focus On How He 'Got A Lot For Me'

As Kevin Love was traded to the Cavaliers, Wolves' owner Glen Taylor told a local radio station that his issues on defense and staying healthy may be an issue for his new team.

Kevin Love Immediately Wanted To Play For Cavs After Call From LeBron

Kevin Love said Tuesday he currently has no plans to sign an extension with the Cavs, but plans on remaining long-term.

Gilbert Had Lengthy Meeting With Love Before Agreeing To Trade

The Cavaliers and Wolves reached agreement in principle weeks ago, but had to wait until Andrew Wiggins became eligible for a trade.

Cavaliers Acquire Kevin Love, Send Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett To Timberwolves In Three-Team Deal

The Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade.

Suns Made Last Ditch Bid For Love With Offer Of Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.

Wolves To Acquire Young From 76ers For Mbah a Moute, Shved, Miami's 1st Rounder

The Wolves will trade Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the first round pick in 2015 belonging to the Heat to the 76ers for Thaddeus Young.

Wolves May Keep Anthony Bennett

The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.

Bill Self: Cavs' Trade Will Really Motivate Andrew Wiggins

Bill Self believes the pending move from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves will be best for Andrew Wiggins.

Cavs Granted Permission To Speak To Love, No Deal In Place For New Contract

The Cavaliers and Kevin Love could not agree upon a long-term contract at this time under CBA rules.

76ers To Acquire Anthony Bennett; Thad Young To Wolves As Part Of Love Trade

The 76ers will now have Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams as lottery picks from the 2013 NBA Draft.

Cavs, Wolves Agree Upon Kevin Love Trade

The Wolves will receive Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Cavaliers for Kevin Love.

Anthony Bennett Could Be Traded To 76ers As Part Of Love Deal

Anthony Bennett could be traded to the 76ers as part of the long anticipated Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love trade.

Cavs, Wolves Have 'Handshake' Deal In Place On Love, Wiggins Trade

The Cavaliers and Wolves have a "handshake" deal in place on a trade of Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
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