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Dunc'd On: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Outlook w/ Zach Harper; Miami Heat Season Outlook w/ Albert Nahmad

Oct 24, 2016 12:30 AM

Zach Harper of the internet joins to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves season outlook. We discuss what effect Tom Thibodeau will have on the Wolves, how their young stars will progress, and how the new additions fit in. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Wolves season.

Then Albert Nahmad of Heathoops.com joins for an in-depth look at the Heat's summer and prospects for the season.

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Wolves Still Exploring Tyus Jones Trade Scenarios

Oct 22, 2016 8:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be engaged in trade talks involving Tyus Jones.

The Wolves have received interest on Jones from the Philadelphia 76ers amongst other teams.

Jones grew up in the Minnesota area and was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft but he's behind Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn on their depth chart at point guard.

Jones was also named the 2016 Summer League MVP.

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Tags: Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert

Oct 21, 2016 11:15 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have received interest from several teams on the availability of Iman Shumpert.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Shumpert.

With J.R. Smith re-signed, the Cavs could consider trading Shumpert. While the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert, they could save considerably on the luxury tax if they find a move that makes sense.

Cleveland has Smith, Mike Dunleavy and Richard Jefferson on the wing along with LeBron James.

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Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Thibodeau, Towns Cite LaVine As Big Factor In Opening Up Space For Wolves

Oct 20, 2016 11:20 AM

Zach LaVine is widely expected to have a breakout season as the Minnesota Timberwolves take another step forward building around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

“He's a big piece of what we're doing,” Tom Thibodeau said. “His shooting is critical. He shot the ball very well in the second half of last season. We need that 3-point shooting to open up the floor. His athleticism, the way he can run the floor. And there's no reason he can't be an excellent defensive player.”

Only four eligible guards finished last season with a worse Defensive Real Plus Minus than LaVine, which means Thibodeau will have a long ways to go to make him an excellent defensive player.

While LaVine is a shooting guard, it is difficult to compare him to any other player at the position in the NBA.


"There's so many different styles to it,” LaVine said. “I use my athletic ability to create shots for open people, I run the floor, then also space the floor as well. That’s what I try to do. I try to space the floor and use my athletic ability to get to the rim. … I try to get the best of both worlds.”

“We all love Zach. I think he’s more popular than me and Wigs combined, just for the fact that he’s won two slam dunk contests in a row,” Towns said. “But Zach’s a pivotal piece of the team. The way he shoots the ball and makes highly contested shots, it helps us tremendously, especially with his 3-point range. Zach’s one of the players who we're tremendously lucky to have as an athlete and as a shooter.”

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones

Oct 19, 2016 8:33 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans have expressed interest in trading for Tyus Jones.

Jones improved his stock around the NBA with his MVP performance in the Summer League. Jones was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves are open to moving Jones.

Tom Thibodeau has used non-guaranteed veteran John Lucas III in his point guard rotation.

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Tags: Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself

Oct 19, 2016 7:29 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to trade Rubio until Kris Dunn shows he's ready to take over the point guard position. Dunn is not expected to become the Wolves' starting point guard until approximately 20 games into the regular season.

Rubio has three seasons and $43 million remaining on his current contract. Rubio is still just 25 and has been an effective two-way point guard when healthy.

The Sacramento Kings are the most determined team looking to acquire Rubio as they continue their search for an upgrade at point guard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Kris Dunn Favored By 46.7 Percent Of GMs To Win 16-17 ROY

Oct 18, 2016 10:43 AM

NBA general managers predict Kris Dunn will win the 16-17 Rookie of the Year award with 46.7 percent of the vote.

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Dunn with the fifth overall pick.

The Wolves have had the Rookie of the Year in each of the past two seasons in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Buddy Hield and Ben Simmons each received 13.3 percent of the vote while Joel Embiid and Brandon Ingram received 10 percent apiece.

Simmons did, however, receive 70 percent of the vote on which rookie will be the best player in five years.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Tags: Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

GMs Pick Karl-Anthony Towns As Player To Build Franchise Around

Oct 18, 2016 10:39 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns had such an impressive rookie season that he's now the pick of 48.3 percent of general managers for who they would sign if they were starting a franchise from scratch.

Anthony Davis received 86.2 percent of the vote before last season but fell dramatically out of the top-3.

Kevin Durant ranks second at 20.7 percent followed by LeBron James at 17.2 percent.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

Karl-Anthony Towns: KG Expedited My Learning Curve

Oct 13, 2016 2:52 PM

While nothing surprised Karl-Anthony Towns during his rookie season, he credits Kevin Garnett for how he was mentored.

Garnett recently retired and one of his legacies will be the impact he had on Towns, who won Rookie of the Year.

“Without him, I don’t think my learning curve could have been expedited the way it was,” Towns said. “He taught me so much in such little time. It’s very easy to learn things and grasp things easily when you have such a great teacher and mentor.”

“The thing that I enjoyed coaching about Karl is that the more you gave him, the more he could handle,” Sam Mitchell said. “My attitude with Karl was the more you show me of the things that you can do, then I’m going to give you more. It was easy coaching Karl, because he has such a high basketball IQ. He loves playing. That’s the first thing—he loves it. And then he wants to be special.”

“You’ve seen players that have had similar characteristics in terms of the drive. He wants to be great,” Tom Thibodeau said of Towns. “Some guys think that they can shoot 17-foot shots or they’re good in the post, right and left, drive, can block shots, rebound. He does it all. The guy can shoot threes, he can put it on the floor, he can make plays, he can post, he shoots with both hands. I think there's a lot of room for growth with him defensively. I don’t think he’s tapped into that yet. I think he can.”

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

Wolves Have High Hopes For Ricky Rubio Under Tom Thibodeau

Oct 9, 2016 3:15 PM

While the future of Ricky Rubio with the Minnesota Timberwolves has been uncertain since the team drafted Kris Dunn and has been linked to a Jimmy Butler trade, he still figures in Tom Thibodeau's plans.

The Wolves believe Thibodeau can have a similar impact on Rubio as he had when he coached Derrick Rose and Nate Robinson.

Rose was the NBA's MVP in 2011 while Robinson became a key injury replacement when the Bulls reached the second round in 2013.

Rubio is signed through the 18-19 season and is one of the NBA's best defensive point guards.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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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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Wolves Hire Ed Pinckney As Assistant Coach
Ed Pinckney spent last season as an Assistant Coach with Denver, and spent the previous five seasons with Tom Thibodeau in Chicago.

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Milt Newton Still Seeking Return To An NBA Front Office
Milt Newton said it's "a little disheartening" to lose the job that he's confident he would still have if Saunders were alive.

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Nikola Pekovic Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season With Ankle Injury
Nikola Pekovic has career averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

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Wolves To Sign Rasual Butler On Camp Deal
Rasual Butler made the Pacers, Wizards and Spurs out of camp over the past three seasons.

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Kevin Garnett Discussing Buyout With Wolves
Kevin Garnett has one season and $8 million remaining on his current contract.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Wolves Got To Make The Playoffs
Karl-Anthony Towns' personal goals for the 16-17 season are based on how the Wolves perform.

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Doc Rivers Expects Kevin Garnett To Keep Playing
Kevin Garnett has been a veteran presence within the Wolves' rebuilding process.

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Robbie Hummel Signs Deal With Nuggets
Robbie Hummel spent last season playing for Olimpia Milano in Italy, averaging 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 22.9 minutes per game.


Wolves To Work Out Dorell Wright, Rasual Butler
Dorell Wright played in China last season and finished 15-16 with the Miami Heat.

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Kris Dunn Scores Most Favorably In Poll Of Incoming Rookie Class
Kris Dunn is considered the favorite to win Rookie of the Year by his peers.

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Wolves Sign Toure' Murry, John Lucas III To Camp Deals
The Wolves have Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones at point guard.

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Kris Dunn Has Recovered From Summer League Concussion
Kris Dunn was asked about his expectations on whether he'll start or come off the bench.

Michael Rand/Star Tribune

Wolves Hire Noah Croom As Assistant GM
Noah Croom is leaving Goodwin Sports Management to move back to the team side.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Karl-Anthony Towns Already Calling Minnesota Home
Karl-Anthony Towns grew up in New Jersey but he's quickly acclimated to living in Minnesota with the Timberwolves.

Jace Frederick/Pioneer Press

Wolves Unlikely To Trade Ricky Rubio
Speculation about the future of Ricky Rubio has been heightened since they drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Tyus Jones Named Summer League MVP
Jordan McRae, Bobby Portis, Ben Simmons, Alan Williams joined Tyus Jones on the All-NBA Summer League First Team.

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Kevin Garnett Unsure If Knees Will Hold Up Playing In 16-17
Kevin Garnett is under contract for $8 million next season with the Timberwolves.

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