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Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky

Jul 29, 2015 12:16 AM

Karl Anthony-Towns maintained a 4.0 GPA in his spring semester even while Kentucky reached the Final Four.

"I take everything very serious," Towns said during an appearance at the Dick's Sporting Goods' Sports Matter panel Tuesday. "For me, making sure that I had great grades at Kentucky was a very key component of my freshman year. It's going to be every year. Just wanted to make sure I could play and be the best I could be, especially in the classroom, and I'm glad I came out with a 4.0 GPA."


Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

Maria Guardado/Star Ledger

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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Pacers Acquire Chase Budinger From Wolves For Damjan Rudez

Jul 13, 2015 12:40 PM

The Indiana Pacers have acquired forward Chase Budinger from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Damjan Rudez.

Budinger, 6-7, 218, has six seasons of NBA experience. He was originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (44th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. He was traded on draft night to Houston where he played three seasons before being traded to Minnesota in 2012. He has averaged 8.5 points per game in his NBA career.

Rudez played one season with the Pacers after signing as a free agent last July. The 29-year-old Rudez had previously played professionally in Europe. He played in 68 games, starting twice, and averaged 4.8 points per game.

“We’re very glad to have Chase,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He’s a guy we think will fit in our rotation. He can shoot and drive to the basket, which works with how we want to play. Damjan was a special guy. He was great to have as part of our team. He will be missed by all.”

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Tags: Chase Budinger, Damjan Rudez, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Garnett, Wolves Agree Upon New Two-Year Deal

Jul 7, 2015 10:42 AM

Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a new two-year deal. 

Garnett returned to the Wolves in February in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets for Thaddeus Young.

"I'm incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team," said Garnett.

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Tags: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Demetris Nichols Talks With Grizzlies, Others About NBA Return

Jun 30, 2015 9:53 PM

Demetris Nichols — the Euroleague’s reigning leader in three-point shooting percentage — has had discussions with teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, about a potential NBA return, a league source told RealGM.

Nichols, who played two seasons in the NBA between 2007 and 2009, shot 57.5 percent from three-point range this past season with CSKA Moscow. For Nichols, there is an interest to attempt an NBA comeback from the Euroleague, and some dialogue on the other end. In CSKA's platoon rotations, Nichols scored 4.6 points in 13 minutes per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans have also inquired on Nichols, a source said.

Out of Syracuse, Nichols was the No. 53 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-6 guard has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, NBA D-League and several overseas clubs.

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Tags: Demetris Nichols, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nemanja Bjelica, Timberwolves Discuss Three-Year Deal While Exploring Options

Jun 27, 2015 11:01 AM

Euroleague star Nemanja Bjelica is in serious discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves on an approximate three-year, $12 million-plus deal, but the two sides have been exploring all options, league sources told RealGM.

Bjelica, 27, has moved toward breaking into the NBA after being named the Euroleague MVP this past season. At 6-foot-10, Bjelica is a skilled forward who could play three positions at the NBA level.

Nevertheless, the Timberwolves likely need to make further moves to incorporate Bjelica and allow him to transition with confidence in his role. Around the league, there’s active trade interest in the Serbian forward, sources said.

A finalized deal with Bjelica and the Timberwolves could happen as soon as next week.

Bjelica averaged 11.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists for Fenerbahçe Ülker, shooting 54 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three-point range.

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Tags: Nemanja Bjelica, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Decide To Select Karl-Anthony Towns At No. 1

Jun 25, 2015 2:03 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have settled on Karl-Anthony Towns, according to Brian Windhorst.

The Wolves have long been expected to select Towns with the first overall pick and they've made their decision.

The Wolves were also believed to be very high on Jahlil Okafor.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves

Jun 23, 2015 12:10 PM

If the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided upon Karl-Anthony Towns as their selection with the first overall pick, they haven't informed him of it yet.

"If I had a promise I would go start eating ice cream and getting fat," Towns joked to The Associated Press on Monday evening. "There is absolutely no promise at all. Right now I'm just trying to see where I'll be playing. I have no idea."

The Timberwolves were the only team for which Towns held an individual workout, and he said Monday he enjoyed meeting officials and getting a brief tour of downtown Minneapolis.

"Flip Saunders is a great coach and a great guy. Glen Taylor is the same way. He's a great human being," Towns said. "We just talked more about how do I feel about basketball and just about life, just trying to learn more about my personality."

Towns doesn't seem to prefer one team over another even with the Los Angeles Lakers picking No. 2.

"It doesn't matter to me where I play," Towns said. "It matters what you do at the place you play at. It doesn't matter how successful or how unsuccessful a team is. It can all change with one pick."

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves Schedule Meeting Friday

Jun 17, 2015 4:39 PM

Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, the favorite for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, will visit the Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday, league sources told RealGM.

For now, it is unclear if Towns will participate in a private workout for the Timberwolves on Friday, but the two sides have finalized the meeting.

Towns ascended into a clear favorite for the top selection after spending one season at Kentucky. At 6-foot-11, Towns possesses a tantalizing skill set and frame.

Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds this past season.

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Wolves Expected To Eventually Decide Upon Towns Over Okafor

Jun 17, 2015 1:04 PM

Flip Saunders traveled to Thousand Oaks, California last week to watch a workout for Karl-Anthony Towns.

Despite being a supporter of Jahlil Okafor all season, sources assured Chad Ford that Saunders will ultimately decide to select Towns.

Okafor remains in the picture and was in Minnesota this week.

The Wolves have also tried to get D'Angelo Russell in for a workout, as well as evaluating Emmanuel Mudiay and Kristaps Porzingis.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Karl-Anthony Towns Declining Private Workout Invite From Lakers

Jun 9, 2015 5:46 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns has resisted coming in for a private workout for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Towns has also declined a private workout for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Reports emerged in May that Towns would interview but not workout with either team.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News (h/t: The Score)

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Emmanuel Mudiay Sets Lakers, Minnesota Workouts; T'Wolves Express Consideration For No. 1 Pick
The Timberwolves recently reached out to Emmanuel Mudiay and its front office laid out a vision for the roster with him, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, sources said.

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Ricky Rubio: I'm Staying In Minnesota
Ricky Rubio popped up in trade rumors this week.

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Wolves Willing To Trade Ricky Rubio In Right Deal
Ricky Rubio is still just 24 and is one of the game's most gifted passers, but he has yet to develop his perimeter shot.

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Flip Saunders Still Favors Okafor Over Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns ascended to the top spot ahead of Jahlil Okafor on most teams draft boards by the end of the NCAA Tournament.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Report: Shawn Marion's Desire Of Max Contract Blew Up Trade Sending Kevin Garnett To Suns In 2007
Shawn Marion was offered a four-year contract to stay with the Heat but not the max.

Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks
D'Angelo Russell is projected to go to the 76ers in the first post-lottery mocks.

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Wolves Willing To Consider Trading No. 1 Overall Pick
Glen Taylor admitted it is unlikely, but not something they're prepared to rule out.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Wolves Anticipate Kevin Garnett Returning Next Season
Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Wolves in 1994 and has played nearly 50,000 career minutes.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Lakers Had Handshake Agreement For Kevin Garnett In 2007
The Lakers had a handshake agreement with the Wolves in 2007 on a trade of Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Kevin Garnett.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report (via Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports)

Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team
Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie Team.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

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Andrew Wiggins On Minnesota: I Hope I'm Here Forever
Andrew Wiggins is optimistic about his future with the Wolves.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Andrew Wiggins Wins NBA ROY; Mirotic Finishes 2nd Ahead Of Noel
Andrew Wiggins has been named NBA Rookie of the Year, beating out Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel.

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Chase Budinger Exercises $5M Option For 15-16
Chase Budinger filed the necessary paper work on Wednesday for his player option.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins To Be Named NBA Rookie Of The Year
Andrew Wiggins was the top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will play in the FIBA Americas tournament in late August and early September in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Ricky Rubio To Undergo Surgery On Left Ankle
Ricky Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7.

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Arinze Onuaku Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season
Arinze Onuaku averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 41 D League games this season with the Canton Charge.

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Thaddeus Young Trade Praised For Surge Of Nets, Brook Lopez
Stefan Bondy reports that Billy King had been working on the Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young trade all season.

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