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Wolves Part Ways With Milt Newton, Rob Babcock

May 20, 2016 7:19 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have parted ways with a considerable portion of their previous front office, including Milt Newton and Rob Babcock.

Newton had been serving as general manager of the Wolves before the arrival of Tom Thibodeau.

Also leaving were vice president of sports performance Arnie Kander, assistant coach Sid Lowe, director of sports performance Koichi Sato, manager of travel/facilities coordinator Bill Hohenecker, head of the video department and manager of basketball technology Brice Long and scouts Milton Barnes and Jason Hervey.

“If you’ve been around sports, you know how things happen,” Newton said. “Once you bring in a new group they want to put their stamp on it. It’s part of the job. I definitely don’t have any hard feelings towards anyone. I wish those guys well. And I wish the players well.”

Said Babcock: “Nobody likes to be let go, but that’s part of this business. When someone comes in new, the likelihood is there will be changes. I’ve been through it on both ends. They’ll do an outstanding job here. I’m disappointed I don’t get to be a part of it. But I understand completely. I hold nothing against them at all.”

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

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Adrian Griffin Expected To Receive Interest From Tom Thibodeau To Join Wolves

May 19, 2016 4:11 PM

Adrian Griffin is signed through the 17-18 season with the Orlando Magic and a team option for the 18-19 season as an assistant coach.

Griffin was a finalist for Orlando's job that went to Frank Vogel.

Griffin is expected to receive interest throughout the NBA as an associate head coach or as a lead assistant coach.

Griffin could be reunited with Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Karl-Anthony Towns Unanimously Wins 2016 NBA Rookie Of The Year

May 16, 2016 10:19 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns has unanimously won the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Towns received all 130 first place votes joining Damian Lillard (2012-13 season), Blake Griffin (2010-11), David Robinson (1989-90) and Ralph Sampson (1983-84) as unanimous winners in the last 32 years.

Kristaps Porzingis finished second with 363 points (117 second place votes, 12 third place) ahead of Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker and Jahlil Okafor.

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Karl-Anthony Towns To Be Named 2016 Rookie Of The Year

May 15, 2016 6:13 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns will be announced as Rookie of the Year on Monday.

Towns was the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and had an outstanding rookie season.

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.

Towns won't turn 21 until November.

Andrew Wiggins won Rookie of the Year in 2015 with the Wolves.

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Karl-Anthony Towns To Work On 'Every Facet Of Game' In Offseason

May 3, 2016 5:20 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most versatile rookie big men to emerge in the NBA in a considerable amount of time. Towns talked about how he will work on getting even better in the offseason.

"I've always been a big philosopher of in the offseason you work on every single facet of your game," said Towns. "Don't pinpoint something. Because you limit yourself if you specialize in something, and I'm not a specialist in anything. I'm a person and a player who bases off of versatility, trying to do every single thing really well. That's what I'm going to do this summer. I'm going to do everything I can to my body, to my physical skill set, even adding some components that I feel I can add. I'm just going to do that to be the most complete player I can be."

Towns spent his rookie season being mentored by Kevin Garnett.

"Me and him talked about basketball, but we had other conversations where we were out there. Just joking around, being funny to him, and we're just laughing about it during the middle of the game. Like I said, he's like an older brother to me. And I was his younger brother. We just always tried to find ways to be doing something with each other or just laugh about something or just talk. We had that kind of rapport. We had that kind of trust and feeling for each other."

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Kevin Garnett Waiting To See If 'Everyone Has Same Loyalty'

Apr 22, 2016 10:47 PM

Kevin Garnett has one year remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves valued at $8 million.

Garnett missed the final 37 games of the season due to a leg injury but he continued to be with the team in a mentoring role.

"I pride myself on being loyal," said Garnett. "I think I've proven that by coming back home to finish my career. I need to see how the next few weeks turn out to truly understand if everyone has that same loyalty. Then I will know what my future holds."

Glen Taylor has been actively seeking to sell 30 percent of the franchise to a group led by private equity investor Steve Kaplan and just hired Tom Thibodeau as the Wolves' new coach and president of basketball operations in a five-year deal valued at an estimated $40 million.

Talks between Taylor and Kaplan are ongoing.

Before Garnett was traded to the Wolves in February of 2015, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Garnett could become a minority owner and consultant with the franchise once he retires.

 

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Wolves Officially Hire Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden

Apr 20, 2016 6:56 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced the team has agreed to terms with Tom Thibodeau as President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, and Scott Layden as General Manager. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Tom Thibodeau back to the Timberwolves,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “Through this process we quickly identified Tom as the best leader to shape our talented team and help them realize their full potential. Tom’s resume speaks for itself. He is a proven winner, leader and one of the most well-respected NBA head coaches over the last decade. His teams have annually been among the league leaders in defense and we are excited about the approach and mentality he will bring to that side of the ball. The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves has never been brighter and we are very pleased to have Tom as our basketball operations leader moving forward.

“Scott Layden brings over 30 years of experience in the NBA to his new role within our organization, including several years in basketball operations leadership positions with Utah, New York and most recently San Antonio. His decades of front office experience will be integral as we head into an extremely exciting time for our organization. In getting to know Scott, he has impressed me with his not only his basketball acumen, but also his character and integrity. Tom and Scott will work in concert together in shaping our roster moving forward. We are confident this partnership gives us the best chance possible of winning an NBA title.”

A veteran of over 25 seasons as an NBA head coach and assistant coach, Thibodeau’s teams have advanced to the postseason in 19 seasons, including three trips to the NBA Finals (1999, 2008, 2010).

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Thibodeau will earn approximately $8 million per season and Layden will earn approximately $2 million.

Thibodeau released the following statement about joining the franchise:

"I started my NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and it is an incredible opportunity to rejoin the organization at a time when they have what I believe to be the best young roster in the NBA. Together with a great owner in Glen Taylor and a terrific basketball partner in Scott Layden, I look forward to building a winning culture that Minnesota sports fans can be proud of."

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Wolves, Tom Thibodeau Finalizing Deal With Scott Layden Joining As GM

Apr 20, 2016 12:59 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a five-year deal with Tom Thibodeau to become President of Basketball Operations and head coach with Scott Layden joining as general manager.

Thibodeau was fired by the Chicago Bulls last offseason and has taken the 15-16 season off.

Layden is the assistant general manager of the San Antonio Spurs.

Layden was previously general manager of the New York Knicks from 1999 until 2003 before being replaced by Isiah Thomas.

The Wolves' job is one of the most attractive on the market with the presence of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Glen Taylor had been eyeing Thibodeau for months and wanted to setup his front office with the head coach in charge.

Marc Stein reports the final structure of the deal is expected to pay Thibodeau approximately $8 million per year with Layden earning more than $2 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Wolves To Interview Mark Jackson

Apr 19, 2016 10:36 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will interview Mark Jackson for their head coaching vacancy.

The Wolves have also spoken with Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy.

Glen Taylor has interest in hiring a head coach who also run the front office.

The Golden State Warriors parted ways with Jackson in 2014 and he immediately returned to broadcasting with ESPN.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Van Gundy, Thibodeau, Brooks, Mitchell Under Consideration For Wolves
With the emergence of Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves' job will be one of the most attractive in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves To Keep Milt Newton As GM
Milt Newton and Sam Mitchell were elevated following the death of Flip Saunders.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Karl-Anthony Towns, Paul Millsap Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 21.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

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Kevin Garnett Expected To Play Next Season
Kevin Garnett signed a two-year, $16.5 million deal with the Wolves last offseason.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Josh Richardson Named NBA's Rookies Of The Month
Karl-Anthony Towns has won Rookie of the Month five months in a row, while it is the first for Josh Richardson.

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Andrew Wiggins: I Didn't Know My Exact Game Coming Out Of Kansas
During Andrew Wiggins' rookie season, more than 20 percent of his possessions were in the post.

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Ricky Rubio Doesn't Expect Wolves To Trade Him
Ricky Rubio signed a four-year, $55 million extension before the 14-15 season with the Wolves.

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Wolves Waiting For End Of Season To Evaluate Sam Mitchell, Milt Newton
Sam Mitchell and Milt Newton have helped the Wolves' transition this year following the passing of Flip Saunders.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Greg Smith Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season
Greg Smith is coming off the second of two 10-day contracts.

Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

Sale Of Wolves Held Up By Grizzlies' Ownership Issues
Steve Kaplan had planned to sell his Grizzlies stake to buy 30 percent of the Wolves with a path to eventually take over as controlling owner.

Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Greg Smith Signed By Wolves To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Greg Smith has averaged 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game over six contests with Minnesota.

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Myles Turner, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Rookies Of The Month
Myles Turner ranked third among East first-year players in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and minutes (29.8 mpg).

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Wolves Agree To Buyout With Kevin Martin
The Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks are expected to pursue Kevin Martin.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves To Sign Greg Smith To 10-Day Contract
Greg Smith has been playing for Raptors 905 and has averaged 17.4 points and 11.8 rebounds on 46 percent shooting from the floor over his past five games.

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Mavs, Cavs, Heat, Hawks Thunder Interested In Kevin Martin If Bought Out
Kevin Martin's destination could hinge on where Joe Johnson signs.

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