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Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer

Apr 16, 2015 1:32 PM

Andrew Wiggins said he definitely will play for the Canadian national team this summer.

Wiggins will get enough rest after his rookie season in the NBA before the national team play begins.

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

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, National

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Ricky Rubio To Undergo Surgery On Left Ankle

Apr 12, 2015 10:11 AM

Ricky Rubio will undergo surgery on his left ankle.

Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7 against the Orlando Magic. The source said the surgery is considered to be a "minor cleanup" after the Spaniard had his "good and bad days" after returning to play.

Rubio is unlikely to play for Spain this summer.

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Rubio to a four-year, $55 million extension this season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Arinze Onuaku Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season

Apr 7, 2015 5:38 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign Arinze Onuaku to a hardship-exception contract for the remainder of the season.

The Wolves need another big body to finish the season now that injured Gorgui Dieng stayed home from this West Coast trip and Nikola Pekovic is headed for surgery.

Onuaku averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 41 D League games this season with the Canton Charge.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Tags: Arinze Onuaku, Minnesota Timberwolves, Canton Charge, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Thaddeus Young Trade Praised For Surge Of Nets, Brook Lopez

Apr 7, 2015 1:19 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have played much better basketball since acquiring Thaddeus Young from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the deadline for Kevin Garnett.

Brook Lopez has particularly benefited from the addition of Young. The presence of Young has allowed Lopez to move around the paint and score on a combination of jumpers and floaters.

“Yeah, he has picked things up pretty easily,” Deron Williams said. “We’re still getting better, but he’s been a great addition to this team. There’s no doubt about that. He’s giving us a different dimension scoring the basketball and just energy-wise. He’s been great for us.”

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports that Billy King had been working on the Garnett for Young trade all season.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Thaddeus Young, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nikola Pekovic To Undergo Surgery On Right Achilles

Apr 2, 2015 4:41 PM

Nikola Pekovic will undergo a debridement and repair of his right Achilles.

The surgery will be performed on Wednesday, April 8 by Dr. Robert Anderson at Ortho Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pekovic will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Pekovic played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. The five-year veteran holds career averages of 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

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Tags: Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Nikola Pekovic Out For Season With Ankle Soreness

Mar 31, 2015 12:22 PM

Nikola Pekovic will miss the remainder of the season due to ankle issue.

Pekovic has battled ankle soreness for years and was limited to a career-low 31 games in 14-15.

Pekovic has played in just 51.8 percent of the Minnesota Timberwolves' games since signing a new contract.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Tags: Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Sean Kilpatrick Signs 10-Day Contract With Timberwolves

Mar 19, 2015 5:49 PM

Sean Kilpatrick signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced on Thursday.

Kilpatrick has played for Santa Cruz and Delaware in the NBA D-League this season.

The Timberwolves used a hardship exception to sign Kilpatrick.

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Andrew Wiggins Plans To Remain With Wolves For 'Very, Very, Very Long Time'

Mar 19, 2015 1:30 AM

Andrew Wiggins has already been mentioned as a potential addition for the Toronto Raptors due to the franchise being his home team.

However, Wiggins expects to remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves long term.

“I love Minnesota,” Wiggins said. “They treat me nice up there. I plan to be there a very, very, very long time.”

To earn free agency, Wiggins would, theoretically, have to turn down a large contract extension from Minnesota following the 2016-17 season and eschew the restricted free agency process.

Eric Koreen/National Post

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

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Masai Ujiri Promises To Have Canadian On Roster, Hints At Andrew Wiggins

Mar 10, 2015 11:38 AM

Masai Ujiri hinted strongly in an interview that the player he most covets for the Toronto Raptors is Andrew Wiggins.

Ujiri also promised that there will be a Canadian on the Raptors' roster at some point in his tenure.

“There is no doubt in my mind. . .during my time, even if my time is short, there will be a Canada playing for the Toronto Raptors, 100 per cent. I have no doubt in my mind, it’s something we think about every day, it’s something we study . . . the guys in the NBA, the ones outside the NBA, the younger kids, the kids in college, the kids playing overseas. We’re just waiting for that one to come.”

Jamaal Magloire is the only Canadian to have ever played for the Raptors.

Ujiri said he planned to hire a scout to concentrate on Canadian players “because the growth of the game here is so big.”

Ujiri was asked if there was one player he would love to see on the Raptors other than LeBron James.

“We all know who he is, I’m not even going to say his name,” Ujiri said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

In case there was any doubt, he added: “He might be Canadian.”

Lori Ewing/Canadian Press

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Claim Glenn Robinson III

Mar 7, 2015 6:46 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have claimed Glenn Robinson III on waivers.

Robinson was waived this week by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Robinson was the 40th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Michael Scotto/RealGM

Tags: Glenn Robinson, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Wolves Claim Justin Hamilton, Waive Glenn Robinson III
Justin Hamilton was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans to create a roster spot for Elliot Williams.

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Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart Named Rookies Of The Month
Andrew Wiggins averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in February.

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Kevin Garnett: If LeBron Can Go Home, Why Can't I?
Kevin Garnett returned to the Timberwolves nearly eight years after he was traded to the Celtics.

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Shabazz Muhammad Out For Season With Broken Finger
Shabazz Muhammad has averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.

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Anthony Bennett Out Minimum Of Two Weeks With Sprained Ankle
Anthony Bennett will be sidelined a minimum of two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

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Windhorst: Wiggins Would Have Remained With Cavs If He'd Signed With Rich Paul
Before Andrew Wiggins' freshman season at Kansas began, Rich Paul was considered the favorite to become his agent.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kevin Garnett Traded Back To Wolves For Thad Young
Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to return to the Wolves.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade
The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Timberwolves.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Interested In Trading For Kevin Garnett
The Wolves and Nets have discussed a trade involving Kevin Garnett returning to the franchise he began his career with for Thad Young.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lorenzo Brown Agrees To Sign With Wolves
Lorenzo Brown had been on two 10-day contracts with the Wolves, averaging 3.2 points and 3.0 assists in 19.7 minutes over five games.

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Zach LaVine Wins Dunk Contest While Keeping 'Some Tricks In Bag' For Next Year
Zach LaVine sounded very open to the idea of returning next season to defend his crown.

Eliot Shorr-Parks/NJ.com

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Hawks Trade Adreian Payne To Wolves For 2017 First Rounder
The Hawks have agreed to send Adreian Payne to the Wolves for a 2017 lottery protected first round pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams, Troy Daniels From Wolves For Gary Neal
Mo Williams and Troy Daniels will go to the Hornets, while Gary Neal will be traded to the Wolves.

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Lorenzo Brown To Sign Second 10-Day Contract With Wolves
Lorenzo Brown is averaging four points, nearly four assists and 24.2 minutes per game over four appearances with the Timberwolves.

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Andrew Wiggins, Elfrid Payton Named Rookies Of The Month
Andrew Wiggins and Elfrid Payton have been named the NBA Rookies of the Month for January.

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Ricky Rubio To Return Monday Against Mavericks
The Timberwolves plan to restrict Ricky Rubio's minutes until after the All-Star break while he sees how his ankle responds.

Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

Mo Williams Available In Trade Talks
Mo Williams signed with the Wolves in the offseason and the club is looking for draft pick compensation.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Timberwolves Plan To Sign Lorenzo Brown On 10-Day Contract
Lorenzo Brown has played for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Robbie Hummel Suffers Fracture In Hand
Robbie Hummel is averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game.

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