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Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio

Jan 21, 2017 9:43 PM

Stan Van Gundy insisted to reporters he will not trade Reggie Jackson to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week, but he revealed Saturday morning that he has assured Jackson the deal would not happen.

"I texted Reggie and just said, 'This is crazy season, and we're not trading you for Ricky Rubio,'" Van Gundy told reporters after the Pistons' morning shootaround in advance of their Saturday night home game against Washington.

"That was it. I don't normally address it, but the fact that it was out there and it concerned his agent [Aaron Mintz] enough to call, I addressed it. ‎

"I'm not denying that the discussion took place -- they take place all the time. But that's a lot different than consideration. And clearly we didn't make that move."

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Ricky Rubio Leaves Wolves For Personal Reasons

Jan 21, 2017 9:30 PM

Ricky Rubio has left the Minnesota Timberwolves for personal reasons and will miss Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Tom Thibodeau said he expects Rubio to get back into town late Sunday and rejoin the team for practice Monday.

Rubio didn't play in the second half of Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hip.

Rubio has been the subject of trade rumors for much of the season.


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Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade

Jan 20, 2017 9:30 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons have held trade talks centered around Ricky Rubio for Reggie Jackson.

No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

The Wolves have openly been trying to trade Rubio for some time with Kris Dunn representing the future at point guard. Rubio has two seasons left on his deal valued at $29.2 million.

Minnesota is also willing to include Shabazz Muhammad in scenarios involving Rubio. Muhammad will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Jackson is in the second season of a five-year, $80 million deal.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Reggie Jackson, Shabazz Muhammad, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Actively Looking For Ricky Rubio Trade

Jan 17, 2017 4:45 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are actively shopping Ricky Rubio.

The Timberwolves have attached Rubio to multiple offers with Shabazz Muhammad to several teams around the NBA.

The Sacramento Kings have had a strong interest in acquiring Rubio, but there’s no traction on a deal between those two teams. 

Minnesota has been searching for a "bridge" guard in return to start in the short-term but ultimately back up Kris Dunn.

Rubio, 26, is the highest paid player on the young Timberwolves roster this season. He is making $13.5 million for 2016-17 and will be owed $29 million through the end of his contract in 2019.

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

Wolves Hire Dwight Lutz, Nick Restifo As Basketball Operations Analysts

Jan 11, 2017 11:00 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Dwight Lutz and Nick Restifo as Basketball Operations Analysts.

Lutz comes to the Wolves after spending the past four years with the National Basketball Association (NBA) as Senior Manager, Game Analytics and Strategy. Prior to his time with the NBA, Lutz served as a Statistical Analyst for Harris Connect, LLC. Lutz also spent time as a Teaching Assistant and Instructor, as well as a Statistical Consultant, at the University of Florida, where he received his Master’s Degree in Statistics. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Trinity University in San Antonio. Lutz also played four years on the men’s basketball team at Trinity.  

Restifo joins the Wolves after serving one and a half years as an Associate Data Scientist, Advanced Analytics at Darden Restaurants. Restifo also spent time as a contributing writer for NylonCalculus.com and as a Basketball Analytics Coordinator at the University of New Haven where he developed, managed, and analyzed statistics for the men’s basketball team. Restifo’s basketball experience also includes time as an advance scout for the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League and remote consulting for other college programs. Restifo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut before moving onto Central Connecticut State University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Data Mining.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: Jim Petersen On The Minnesota Timberwolves Season

Jan 11, 2017 3:49 AM

Wolves color analyst and Minnesota Lynx Assistant Jim Petersen is one of the best local color men on the air. He joins to discuss his impressions of the Wolves season. Why have they disappointed, what are some silver linings of this season, how are the young players developing, what are the differences between Tom Thibodeau and Sam Mitchell, and much more.

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Wolves Waive John Lucas III

Jan 7, 2017 2:27 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived John Lucas III.

Lucas was signed to a camp deal by the Wolves in August and he made their regular season roster.

Lucas appeared in just five games for Minnesota.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: John Lucas, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Donatas Motiejunas Agrees To Deal With Pelicans After Meeting With Lakers, Wolves

Jan 2, 2017 12:10 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed upon a one-year deal with Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas will sign for the veteran's minimum after his four-year deal with the Houston Rockets dissolved. Motiejunas had agreed to a four-year, $35 million deal with the Rockets after months of negotiations Motiejunas also visited with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Pelicans have stated a desire to add more spacing on the floor and Motiejunas will help in that regard.

Motiejunas was examined by Nets doctors earlier this season and Brooklyn was comfortable signing him to an offer sheet.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nikola Pekovic Prepared To Retire

Dec 30, 2016 2:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic acknowledged this week that he's "more prepared for ending my career than returning" to the NBA.

Minnesota is expected to pursue a medical retirement for Pekovic after Jan 31st. Pekovic has had persistent ankle issues.

Pekovic has one year left on the five-year, $60 million deal he signed during the 2013 offseason.

Pekovic has been running Partizan Belgrade while away from the Wolves.

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

Wolves Interested In Trading For Frontcourt Player

Dec 13, 2016 8:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are "looking to trade for a frontcourt player," according to Brian Windhorst.

The Wolves added Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill in the offseason but both have played relatively limited minutes. Minnesota also has Nemanja Bjelica and Adreian Payne on their depth chart at the big positions.

Tom Thibodeau has been committed to playing Karl-Anthony Towns in two-big lineups.

The Wolves have a 6-14 record entering their game on Tuesday against the Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Andrew Wiggins Reminds Tom Thibodeau Of Paul Pierce On Offense
Andrew Wiggins has improved his shooting dramatically to begin his third NBA season.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: I Play In Both Eras With Inside/Outside Game
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is one of the most versatile young big men to ever play in the NBA.

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Ricky Rubio Agrees To Extension With Adidas
Ricky Rubio previously signed an endorsement deal with Adidas in 2012.

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Gorgui Dieng Comfortable Leaving $16M+ On Table To Stay With Wolves
Gorgui Dieng would have likely commanded a contract of at least $80 million in free agency.


RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk break down the NBA's rookie scale extension and option deadline.

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Ricky Rubio Out Indefinitely With Sprained Right Elbow
Ricky Rubio suffered the injury in the fourth quarter against the Kings.

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Gorgui Dieng, Wolves Finalizing Four-Year, $64M Extension
Gorgui Dieng's future with the Wolves has been uncertain due to how he fits beside Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Wolves Exercise 17-18 Options On Towns, Wiggins, LaVine, Jones
The Timberwolves have exercised the third-year options on Tyus Jones and Karl-Anthony Towns, along with the fourth-year options on Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins.

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Dunc'd On: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Outlook w/ Zach Harper; Miami Heat Season Outlook w/ Albert Nahmad
Zach Harper on the Wolves and Albert Nahmad on the Heat.

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Wolves Still Exploring Tyus Jones Trade Scenarios
The Wolves have received interest on Tyus Jones from the 76ers amongst other teams.

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Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert
The Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.

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Thibodeau, Towns Cite LaVine As Big Factor In Opening Up Space For Wolves
Zach LaVine is widely expected to have a breakout season as the Wolves take another step forward building around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones
The Timberwolves are open to moving Tyus Jones.

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Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself
The Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

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Kris Dunn Favored By 46.7 Percent Of GMs To Win 16-17 ROY
The Wolves have had the Rookie of the Year in each of the past two seasons in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

GMs Pick Karl-Anthony Towns As Player To Build Franchise Around
While Anthony Davis received 86.2 percent of the vote before last season, Karl-Anthony Towns now ranks first at 48.3 percent.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: KG Expedited My Learning Curve
While nothing surprised Karl-Anthony Towns during his rookie season, he credits Kevin Garnett for how he was mentored.

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Wolves Have High Hopes For Ricky Rubio Under Tom Thibodeau
Ricky Rubio is signed through the 18-19 season and is one of the NBA's best defensive point guards.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division.

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Tom Thibodeau Wants To See Wolves' Core Up Close Before Deciding Needs
Tom Thibodeau believes he's evolved his coaching techniques during his sabbatical from coaching.

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