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Greg Smith Waived By Wolves

Jun 30, 2016 6:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived forward/center Greg Smith.

Smith was originally signed to 10-day contracts on March 2 and March 12 before being signed through the end of the season on March 22.

He averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds over 18 games last season with the Timberwolves. In his career, Smith has appeared in 149 games with three teams (Houston, Dallas, Minnesota) and holds career averages of 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

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Tags: Greg Smith, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Glen Taylor Sells Shares Of Wolves, Will Remain Controlling Owner

Jun 27, 2016 5:06 PM

Glen Taylor has sold shares of the Minnesota Timberwolves to a number of parties that will enable him to remain the controlling owner into the future.

Taylor had planned to sell 30 percent of the Wolves to Steve Kaplan with the intention of him becoming controlling owner in the future, but the deal fell apart.

Last week Taylor closed a deal to bring in Lizhang Jiang, a Shanghai-based businessman. Jiang, who founded Chinese marketing company Double-Edge Sports, previously worked with the NBA in China. Earlier this month, Jiang, 35, completed the purchase of Spanish soccer club Granada CF. Lanxiong Sports of China reported that Jiang purchased 5 percent of the Wolves and 5 percent of the Minnesota Lynx.

In addition, Taylor has sold a share of the team to Meyer Orbach, a New York-based real estate magnate.

The Wolves are valued at $1 billion.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA CBA

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid

Jun 24, 2016 8:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

The Wolves' offer of Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick to the Chicago Bulls was made before Dunn slipped and not after.

"Obviously, we liked him," Gar Forman said of Dunn. "He's a very good player."

Chicago reportedly sought Zach LaVine from the Wolves in exchange for Butler.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Bulls, Wolves End Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2016 11:07 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls have again broken off trade talks centered on a deal of Jimmy Butler for the draft rights to Kris Dunn.

The Bulls have reportedly sought Zach LaVine as part of the package for Butler.

Chicago has been considering going into a full rebuild mode this offseason and had strong interest in Dunn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves, Bulls Have Optimism Of Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade

Jun 23, 2016 8:52 PM

The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves have picked back up trade talks centered on Jimmy Butler for Kris Dunn. There is a rising optimism on both sides a deal can eventually be reached.

Both sides have wanted to make a deal but have struggled to come upon agreeable terms.

Chicago is seeking Zach LaVine from the Wolves while Tom Thibodeau would like to keep him.

The Bulls are prepared to go into a full rebuild ahead of a strong 2017 draft.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wolves have sought the opinion of Karl-Anthony Towns about the possibility of a trade for Butler and his opinions on players that might be traded for him.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Likely To Trade Ricky Rubio, Reject Significant Offers To Select Kris Dunn

Jun 23, 2016 8:09 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves declined several attractive offers for the fifth overall pick to select Kris Dunn.

The decision appears predicated on the Wolves' attempts to trade Ricky Rubio. Tom Thibodeau has been active in shopping Rubio throughout the week and his tenure with the franchise is likely coming to an end.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler

Jun 23, 2016 8:05 PM

The trade talks the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves had on Jimmy Butler have broken down.

The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Butler.

Chicago was not interested in trading for Ricky Rubio despite trading away Derrick Rose this week as they were dialed in on Dunn as well.

Tom Thibodeau coached Butler during their tenure together with the Bulls.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Jimmy Butler, Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Have Been Conducting 'Due Diligence' On Ricky Rubio

Jun 23, 2016 1:29 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have been doing "due diligence" on Ricky Rubio for months.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could consider moving Rubio this offseason.

Philadelphia has been looking to part with either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel to balance out their roster.

Rubio signed a four-year, $54 million extension with the Wolves in 2014.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andy Greer Leaving Raptors To Become Wolves' Top Assistant

Jun 23, 2016 9:52 AM

Andy Greer is leaving the Toronto Raptors to become the top assistant coach to Tom Thibodeau with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Greer served under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls from 2010 until 2015. Greer spent just one season with the Raptors.

Greer's long previous stint before the Bulls was his run under Jeff Van Gundy with the Houston Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Kenneth Faried
Tom Thibodeau has long been an admirer of Kenneth Faried and worked with him as part of the United States' World Cup team in 2014.

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Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
The Wolves are making the fifth overall pick available to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

Marc Stein, Chad Ford/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins Won't Play For Canada In Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Andrew Wiggins is set to start his third NBA season with the Timberwolves.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Dunc'd On: Kevin Pelton On Finals Game 3, MIN Offseason
Kevin Pelton joins to discuss Game 3 of the Finals. Was the blowout the result of the Cavs playing well or the Warriors poorly, and what does this mean for the rest of the series? We also take some mailbag questions on the series.

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Wolves Plan To Target Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is widely expected to leave the Bulls this offseason and he previously worked until Tom Thibodeau.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Wolves Part Ways With Milt Newton, Rob Babcock
Milt Newton had been serving as general manager of the Wolves before the arrival of Tom Thibodeau.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Adrian Griffin Expected To Receive Interest From Tom Thibodeau To Join Wolves
Adrian Griffin was a finalist for Orlando's job that went to Frank Vogel.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Unanimously Wins 2016 NBA Rookie Of The Year
Karl-Anthony Towns was the unanimous winner while Kristaps Porzingis received 117 out of 130 second place votes.

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Karl-Anthony Towns To Be Named 2016 Rookie Of The Year
Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 18.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game with a PER of 22.5.

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Karl-Anthony Towns To Work On 'Every Facet Of Game' In Offseason
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most versatile rookie big men to emerge in the NBA in a considerable amount of time.

Jared Dubin/Bleacher Report

Kevin Garnett Waiting To See If 'Everyone Has Same Loyalty'
Kevin Garnett has one year remaining on his contract with the Wolves valued at $8 million.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Officially Hire Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden
The Wolves have agreed to terms with Tom Thibodeau as President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach.

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Wolves, Tom Thibodeau Finalizing Deal With Scott Layden Joining As GM
The Wolves are engaged in serious talks with Tom Thibodeau to become President of Basketball Operations and head coach with Scott Layden joining as general manager.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves To Interview Mark Jackson
The Warriors parted ways with Mark Jackson in 2014 and he immediately returned to broadcasting with ESPN.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tom Thibodeau Pushing For Wolves' Job With Complete Control Of Franchise
Tom Thibodeau would like to have final say on player personnel, organizational philosophy and hirings.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Wolves Interview Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy
Glen Taylor is interested in hiring a head coach who will also manage the front office, similar to the setup Stan Van Gundy has with the Pistons.

Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Wolves Set Meetings With Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy
Glen Taylor will be a part of the interviews that will include the executive firm Korn Ferry.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Endorses Scott Brooks To Get Another Chance In NBA
Scott Brooks was fired last season by the Thunder and he's now a candidate for the Wizards, Wolves and Kings.

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Wolves Relieve Sam Mitchell Of Duties As Head Coach
Sam Mitchell served as interim head coach this season following the passing of Flip Saunders.

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