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Kevin Garnett Disappointed Glen Taylor Didn't Follow Through With Saunders' Plan

Apr 18, 2017 1:05 PM

When Kevin Garnett returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, it was envisioned he would have a role with the franchise upon retirement. Garnett even possibly was going to have a stake in the team and one day become majority owner.

The death of Flip Saunders in October of 2015 changed the equation.

"It seemed like it was perfect for how Flip organized and put it together and designed it," said Garnett. "Obviously when he left us, Glen (Taylor) saw differently and wanted to go a different way. I’ve always said I wanted to be a part of an organization that is about winning more progressively, in that direction. Minnesota seemed like a perfect fit for that. That has changed. I don’t see myself doing that any time soon, but that still is a goal of mine. I would like to be part of an organization that is part of winning, that I can help the young guys progress. So that’s still a dream but not a priority at this point."

Garnett was disappointed with how Taylor handled the situation.

"A little bit. A little bit. To say Debbie Downer is an understatement. It was a huge disappointment and one that showed me the true Glen Taylor. It showed me how he really feels. When this guy got the team, it was worth $90 million. When I left it, it was worth somewhere in the $400 (millions). That was never taken into account in my value or none of that. I guess I served my purpose, and I was on to the next. So it’s all good. So it’s all good. I’m moving on and taking my ball and playing somewhere else. (Laughs.)"

The Wolves hired Tom Thibodeau to run the franchise during the 2016 offseason.

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Wolves To Unveil New Logo On April 11th

Mar 21, 2017 12:37 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will unveil their new logo on April 11th.

The logo will be unveiled during a special halftime show and all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative t-shirt with the new identity featured. 

While the new identity won’t fully take effect until the 2017-18 season, the unveiling marks only the fourth identity in the franchise’s 28-year history. The announcement is also the beginning of an eventful summer as the Wolves brand continues to evolve. There will be several future announcements regarding the unveiling of the new team uniforms, new court designs and additional events throughout the coming months. 

“We are incredibly excited to share the new logo with our fans. This is but the first of many changes that fans will see that reflect our growing relevancy at home and abroad,” said Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson. “These are exciting times for our state and our franchise, and this new logo embodies the hunger, drive and passion that will define us in this new era of Timberwolves basketball.”

The new Wolves identity is constructed around an updated color palette and was created over the past 12 months as part of a collaborative effort between Minnesota Timberwolves ownership, team executives, the NBA and Mississippi-based design expert Rodney Richardson. Richardson’s resume includes recent identity designs for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and various brands across the world of sports and entertainment.

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Nemanja Bjelica Undergoes Surgery On Fractured Bone In Foot

Mar 21, 2017 12:19 PM

Nemanja Bjelica underwent surgery to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot.

Appearing in 65 games this season, Bjelica registered averages of 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.3 minutes per contest. 

Bjelica's injury occurred last week.

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Wolves To Sign Omri Casspi

Mar 20, 2017 1:31 AM

Omri Casspi has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

Casspi was acquired by New Orleans from Sacramento as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade and had been earmarked for a significant role by the Pelicans, only to suffer a broken right thumb in his first game with his new team.

But Casspi returned from the injury ahead of schedule.

Tom Thibodeau met with Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans in advance of the Wolves' road game Sunday night against the Pelicans.

The Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers also had interest in Casspi.

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Wolves To Let Lance Stephenson Become Free Agent

Mar 18, 2017 11:06 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will let the second 10-day contract of Lance Stephenson expire which will make him a free agent.

The Wolves would have had to sign Stephenson to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Minnesota is letting Stephenson go due to his lingering ankle sprain and not because of his performance.

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Nemanja Bjelica Out For Season With Left Foot Injury

Mar 16, 2017 5:54 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that an MRI revealed Nemanja Bjelica suffered an injury to his left foot.

Bjelica is seeking medical opinions from the appropriate specialists to determine his treatment options and will miss the remainder of the season. Further updates as to Bjelica’s progress will be issued when more information becomes available.

Bjelica’s injury occurred during the second quarter of last night’s 117-104 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Appearing in 65 games this season, Bjelica registered averages of 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.3 minutes per contest. The 6-10 forward owns career averages of 5.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 125 career games over two seasons with Minnesota.

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John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Players Of Week

Mar 13, 2017 4:14 PM

The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12.

Wall led the Wizards to a 4-0 week, with all of Washington’s wins coming on the road. He paced the East in scoring (29.8 ppg) and assists (11.3 apg) while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals. On March 7, the 26-year-old recorded 25 points, 14 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 131-127 victory over the Phoenix Suns. On March 11, Wall tallied 39 points and nine assists as Wizards erased a 21-point halftime deficit in a 125-124 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Towns averaged 29.0 points (fourth in the West) on 63.3 percent shooting and 12.3 rebounds (tied for fourth) as the Timberwolves went 2-1. On March 8, he scored 29 points on 14-for-21 shooting and added 14 rebounds in a 107-91 win over the L.A. Clippers. On March 11, the 21-year-old scored a game-high 35 points on 14-for-21 shooting to go with 14 rebounds and two blocks in 102-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the 13th time this season that Towns has scored at least 30 points.

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Tom Thibodeau: Wolves Have Made 'Quantum Leap' On Defense

Mar 9, 2017 1:31 PM

After a slow start to the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are within striking distance of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Tom Thibodaeu believes the Wolves have made a "quantum leap" on defense. Minnesota has played better pick-and-roll defense and are moving up the rankings in defensive categories. 

“When you look at the past couple years and where we are now, it says we’ve made a big jump,” Thibodeau said. “I think you have to get close to winning first, and then the winning happens. Right now, we’re starting to understand that. To me, it’s taking care of the little things. If we take care of all the little things, the big things take care of themselves. We say it all the time: The magic is in the work.

“There are no shortcuts to this. There’s no easy way out. … There’s a price to be paid for winning.”

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Wolves Sign Lance Stephenson To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 8, 2017 3:05 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Lance Stephenson to a second 10-day contract.

Stephenson, who was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the Wolves on February 8th, has appeared in four games for Minnesota this season averaging 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.

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Lance Stephenson Likely To Soon Sign 2nd 10-Day With Wolves

Mar 7, 2017 12:07 PM

Lance Stephenson is expected to soon sign a second 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Stephenson sprained his ankle after signing an initial 10-day with the Wolves in February.

Stephenson was released by the New Orleans Pelicans in November following a groin injury.

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Wolves Walk Away From Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Deal With Knicks
The Wolves have shopped Ricky Rubio throughout the season.

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Knicks Still Seeking Trade For Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio has been shopped by the Wolves since Tom Thibodeau was hired last offseason.

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Wizards Interested In Trading For Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Tom Thibodeau Pushing For Derrick Rose Trade
The Timberwolves continue to strongly pursue a trade for Derrick Rose.

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Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade
Derrick Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls.

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell
Tony Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Adreian Payne Out Indefinitely With Blood Condition
Adreian Payne has thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count.

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Wolves Sign Lance Stephenson To 10-Day Contract
Lance Stephenson was released by the Pelicans after undergoing groin surgery in November.

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Zach LaVine Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee
Zach LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.

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Wolves To Purchase Iowa Energy Of D-League
Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

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Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors
Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

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Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio
Stan Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week.

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Ricky Rubio Leaves Wolves For Personal Reasons
Ricky Rubio didn't play in the second half of Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hip.

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Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade
No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

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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.

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