Sep 27, 2014 11:53 PM EDT
Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves will have contract talks in person this week that could make him the second-highest paid player on the team.
Both sides appear willing to make a deal. Rubio and Glen Taylor spoke several times by telephone last week, with each expressing hope a contract extension can get done soon.
A new deal, expected to be for four seasons, could be worth $11 million annually. Nikola Pekovic is the highest paid Timberwolves player at $12.1 a year.
Rubio's representatives have been seeking a five-year maximum contract. The Timberwolves are willing to wait if the four-year deal is not enough.
Sep 19, 2014 4:27 PM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns.
The Wolves are offering Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million max contract.
Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.
Fox 10 in Phoenix earlier reported the Wolves had made a maximum contract offer to Bledsoe.
Sep 19, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio have discussed a contract extension and the team is optimistic about a deal.
"I feel optimistic," Milt Newtons said. "Knowing Ricky the person, he wants to be here. Now we just have to deal with his agent. If we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush.
"There some things we agree on, some things we don't agree on."
Rubio has until Oct. 31 to sign a new deal.
Sep 18, 2014 12:48 PM EDT
Kyrylo Fesenko has signed a training camp contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Fesenko has played five NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers.
Fesenko last appeared in camp with the Chicago Bulls in 2012.
Sep 16, 2014 6:06 PM EDT
Glenn Robinson III has reached agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a guaranteed contract.
The Wolves had to deal with a long process to sign Robinson due to the upheaval of their roster this summer.
Robinson flew to Minneapolis to sign an agreement on Monday and planned to begin preparations with the Wolves for the start of training camp later this month.
Robinson dropped to 40th overall after leaving Michigan as a sophomore.
Sep 15, 2014 10:56 PM EDT
Klay Thompson was involved in trade speculation with the Minnesota Timberwovles and Kevin Love, but preferred to stay with the Golden State Warriors.
"I'm super excited to be back," Thompson said. "I love the Bay Area. I love the Warriors, the fans. I just love our team.
"I wasn't really pissed. I was more just worried about being traded, just because I'm so comfortable in the Bay. I think that's natural for anybody (to not want to) just get up and move. I mean it wouldn't have been the end of the world, but it's a business, and I'm still playing ball for a living.
"I was more happy when they showed faith in me that they didn't want to budge and trade me for a guy (in Love) who's a multiple all-NBA guy and a proven All-Star. I thought that was really cool that the Warriors believed in my potential."
Sep 14, 2014 11:01 PM EDT
Ricky Rubio's agent and the Minnesota Timberwolves have discussed a contract extension for the point guard and talks will continue until the Oct. 31 deadline.
"I'm loyal," Rubio said. "I want to give them back what they gave me there: a lot of love."
Rubio would become a restricted free agent if the two sides cannot reach a new deal.
Flip Saunders must decide on the Timberwolves' vision of Rubio as a franchise cornerstone.
Aug 27, 2014 12:04 PM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign Brady Heslip to a camp deal, according to a source.
The Wolves were impressed with Heslip's play in the Summer League.
Aug 27, 2014 11:18 AM EDT
As Kevin Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor told a local radio station that his issues on defense and staying healthy may be an issue for his new team.
"I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I'm not sure that's how it's going to work in Cleveland," Taylor said on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. "I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense, and he's foul-prone.
"I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him, because I think he's going to be the third player on the team," Taylor added. "I don't think he's going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he'll get blame if they don't do well. He's around a couple guys that are awful good."
Love responded to the comments on Wednesday, one day after saying he thought his relationship with Taylor was a positive one.
"I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love told "Mike & Mike." "For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young."
"I think he got a lot for me. So I'd be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I'm just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here."
Aug 26, 2014 7:20 PM EDT
Kevin Love wanted to join the Cleveland Cavaliers immediately after he received a call from LeBron James about the possibility of playing together.
"LeBron signed to come back and a few hours later he called me and I said 'I'm in,' " Love said Tuesday at a news conference. "That had a lot to do with my decision. It means a lot to be a part of this organization ... everything in my entire life for the last six years had led me up to this opportunity."
Love said Tuesday he currently has no plans to sign an extension with the Cavs. Love signed a four-year, $61 million extension in 2012, but the 2016-17 season, worth $16.7 million, is a player option. Love is also not planning to pick up that option either and will play out the final year of his contract with the Cavs.
Love did say he plans to be with the team long-term.
"[An extension] hasn't been talked about," Love said. "I'm committed to this team and committed long term to the end goal, which is to win a championship."
The Cavaliers pursued Love even months before James re-signed.
"This is culmination of a year and a half of conversations to trade for [Love]," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "This is a player that, quite frankly, fits us as well as any player could have. LeBron makes a great deal of these things possible by his presence alone. That piece had a great deal to do with Kevin's comfort with joining us. Hopefully we'll (have) him for a very long time."
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The Cavaliers and Wolves reached agreement in principle weeks ago, but had to wait until Andrew Wiggins became eligible for a trade.
The Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade.
Eric Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.
The Wolves will trade Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the first round pick in 2015 belonging to the Heat to the 76ers for Thaddeus Young.
The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.
Bill Self believes the pending move from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves will be best for Andrew Wiggins.
The Cavaliers and Kevin Love could not agree upon a long-term contract at this time under CBA rules.
The 76ers will now have Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams as lottery picks from the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Wolves will receive Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Cavaliers for Kevin Love.
Anthony Bennett could be traded to the 76ers as part of the long anticipated Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love trade.
The Cavaliers and Wolves have a "handshake" deal in place on a trade of Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
Andrew Wiggins said he just wants to play for a franchise that wants him.
The Timberwolves expect to trade Kevin Love by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.
The Wolves are currently engaged in serious Kevin Love talks with only the Cavaliers.
Sources continue to indicate that the Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.
Anthony Bennett was recently pulled by his agent from a pro-am pickup game, according to a report.
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Thaddeus Young has two seasons remaining on his deal worth a combined $19.3 million, with the second season being a player option.
Mo Williams averaged 9.7 points per game last season for the Blazers.
The Warriors have engaged the Wolves in Kevin Love trade talks, but have excluded Thompson from the talks.
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