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Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade

Feb 20, 2017 11:24 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the New York Knicks about a trade centered around Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose.

Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls.

The Wolves have had interest in trading away Rubio throughout the season as they view Kris Dunn as the future at point guard. Minnesota would like to clear Rubio's contract off their books moving forward.

The Detroit Pistons have revisited talks with the Wolves for Rubio and Reggie Jackson could be dealt to the Knicks as part of a three-way trade.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell

Feb 20, 2017 9:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed mild interest in trading for Tony Snell.

Snell was moved this season by the Chicago Bulls to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Tags: Tony Snell, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Official Transaction

Adreian Payne Out Indefinitely With Blood Condition

Feb 8, 2017 1:39 PM

Adreian Payne is out indefinitely with a blood condition.

Payne has thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count. The condition can cause bleeding, bruising and slow blood clotting after injury.

Payne is receiving care from team doctors.

Payne is averaging 4.0 points in 12 games this season as he's played sparingly this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Star Tribune

Tags: Adreian Payne, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Wolves Sign Lance Stephenson To 10-Day Contract

Feb 7, 2017 10:59 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to sign Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract.

Stephenson is expected to provide depth and playmaking to a Timberwolves backcourt that lost Zach LaVine for the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.

Stephenson recently worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephenson entered his seventh NBA season in October on a partially guaranteed contract and made the New Orleans Pelicans’ roster out of training camp. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and three rebounds in six games, but was released after undergoing groin surgery in November.

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zach LaVine Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee

Feb 4, 2017 7:09 PM

Zach LaVine has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken on Saturday at Mayo Clinic by Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm revealed the injury. LaVine, who will have surgery at a to-be-determined date, will miss the remainder of the season.

The injury occurred during last night’s 116-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

In 47 games this season, LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game. In his third NBA season, LaVine holds career averages of 13.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 206 games.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Wolves To Purchase Iowa Energy Of D-League

Jan 23, 2017 4:05 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and the NBA Development League announced a letter of intent from Taylor to purchase majority ownership in the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy.

Subject to finalization and NBA D-League approval of the transaction, Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

“It’s an exciting time in the NBA D-League as we welcome Glen Taylor and the Minnesota Timberwolves to our ownership ranks,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “The Timberwolves are the latest in an ever-growing list of NBA teams that recognize the value an NBA D-League team brings to a franchise – a trend I’m confident will continue as the league grows to 30 teams.”

“We’re thrilled to bring the Iowa Energy into the Timberwolves family,” said Taylor. “It’s great knowing that we can develop our young players so close to home and enjoy all the other benefits that come with owning a D-League team. We look forward to growing our relationship with the greater Des Moines area, the state of Iowa and basketball fans across the Upper Midwest.”

The Energy’s current hybrid partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, Iowa Energy, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors

Jan 23, 2017 10:57 AM

Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

"Thanks for giving me the news," Jackson said. "I don't listen to ya'll. Most of the time, I just go home, chill, kick it and watch TV. Play games. Kick it with my brother. So, I just don't really follow all of that. I'm just happy to be able to wake up and play basketball."

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

Stan Van Gundy quickly shot down the idea of trading Jackson for Ricky Rubio early Saturday, choosing not to deny the report but pointing out general manager Jeff Bower has multiple discussions a day with potential trade partners. Van Gundy texted Jackson about it.

"Yeah, I had no idea," Jackson said. "So I told him, if they traded me it was news to me. I appreciate the text, just letting me know that I was his guy. But like I said, I didn't really pay attention much to it. I see ya'll enough here, I see ya'll enough in the city.

"I'm going to go ahead and tune out. So after this, I'm going to go home and relax."

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

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."

Marc Stein/ESPN

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.


Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

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

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Wolves Hire Dwight Lutz, Nick Restifo As Basketball Operations Analysts
Nick Restifo spent time as a contributing writer for NylonCalculus and as a Basketball Analytics Coordinator at the University of New Haven.

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Dunc'd On: Jim Petersen On The Minnesota Timberwolves Season
Jim Petersen gives his impressions of the Wolves season so far.

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Wolves Waive John Lucas III
John Lucas III appeared in just five games for Minnesota.

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Donatas Motiejunas Agrees To Deal With Pelicans After Meeting With Lakers, Wolves
Donatas Motiejunas was examined by Nets doctors earlier this season and Brooklyn was comfortable signing him to an offer sheet.

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Nikola Pekovic Prepared To Retire
Minnesota is expected to pursue a medical retirement for Nikola Pekovic after Jan 31st.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Interested In Trading For Frontcourt Player
Tom Thibodeau has been committed to playing Karl-Anthony Towns in two-big lineups.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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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