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Towns Wants To Always Be Strongest, Most Intelligent, Most Skilled Player On Court

Nov 17, 2015 10:51 AM

After a recent loss by the Minnesota Timberwolves in which Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio did not play, Karl-Anthony Towns was visibly frustrated in the locker room for failing alert the team's guards about incoming screens on defense.

The Wolves were given the next day off but Towns was at the team's practice facility by 9 AM.

"I work hard on my game," Towns tells ESPN.com. "I want to be the strongest player, the most intelligent player and the most skilled player on the court at all times." 

Towns has been developing his offense around the basket and he'll eventually stretch out to three-point line with regularity.

"We all know I can hit 3s," Towns tells ESPN.com. "But for now, I'm taking what the defense gives me." 

Towns ranks 9th in PER in his rookie season amongst all active NBA players.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Wolves Nearly Picked Giannis Antetokounmpo Over Shabazz Muhammad

Nov 17, 2015 10:41 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves nearly picked Giannis Antetokounmpo over Shabazz Muhammad with the 14th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Antetokounmpo went 15th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Muhammad played well last season before his injury and is playing five fewer minutes per game than Tayshaun Prince.

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shabazz Muhammad, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Glen Taylor In Talks To Sell Stake In Wolves To Steve Kaplan

Nov 12, 2015 9:56 PM

Glen Taylor is in serious talks to sell an approximate 20 percent stake in the Minnesota Timberwolves to a group led by Steve Kaplan.

Kaplan's group hopes purchasing a minority share will help position themselves to purchase the majority stake in the Wolves once Taylor decides to sell.

Kaplan is partnering with ex-Memphis Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien and Indonesian billionaires Handy Soetedjo and Erick Thohir.

Kaplan has an ownership stake in the Grizzlies and tried to purchase the Atlanta Hawks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Wolves Have No D-League Plans Yet For Tyus Jones

Nov 7, 2015 7:45 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves don't have any immediate plans to send Tyus Jones to the D-League to get minutes.

Jones is currently the Wolves' fourth point guard.

“Tyus has done a good job,’’ Sam Mitchell said. “His practices have been great, his workouts, and I thought he played well in the preseason. The season is long, and everybody gets a chance to play. At some point, Tyus will get a chance to play.’’

Dennis Brackin/Star Tribune

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Flip Saunders Passes Away At Age Of 60

Oct 25, 2015 4:42 PM

Flip Saunders has passed away at the age of 60.

Saunders announced in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. Doctors considered it "very treatable and curable," and Saunders at the time said he planned to remain the Timberwolves' head coach and president of basketball operations.

But Saunders was hospitalized following a setback in September, and it was announced Friday that Saunders would miss the entire 2015-16 season.


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Wolves Waive Lorenzo Brown, Kleon Penn, Nick Wiggins

Oct 25, 2015 10:33 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived guard Lorenzo Brown, center Kleon Penn and guard Nick Wiggins.

With the moves, the Wolves training camp roster stands at 15 players.

Brown, originally signed by the Wolves to a 10-day contract on January 28, registered averages of 4.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.1 minutes over five preseason contests. The 6’5 guard appeared in 29 games last season for the Wolves averaging 4.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18.9 minutes per game. Brown was Minnesota’s second round selection (52nd overall) in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Penn, signed on September 18, appeared in three preseason games totaling one rebound in nine minutes.

Wiggins was signed by the Wolves on September 18. He played in four preseason contests registering seven points in 14 minutes.

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Tags: Nick Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Wolves Exercise 16-17 Options On Wiggins, LaVine, Muhammad, Payne, Dieng

Oct 21, 2015 9:11 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised the third-year options on guard Zach LaVine, forward Adreian Payne and forward Andrew Wiggins, along with the fourth-year options on center Gorgui Dieng and forward Shabazz Muhammad.

Dieng, 25, owns career averages of 7.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game over 133 contests, all with Minnesota. The Wolves acquired the draft rights to Dieng, along with Muhammad, from the Utah Jazz on June 27, 2013.

LaVine, 20, posted averages of 10.1 points and 3.6 assists in 24.7 minutes per game over 77 games in his rookie season, eventually being named to the 2014-15 All-Rookie Second Team. Minnesota drafted LaVine with the 13th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Muhammad, 22, has played two seasons with the Wolves, averaging 8.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 75 career contests, including averaging 13.5 points in 22.8 minutes per contest last season. Minnesota acquired the draft rights to Muhammad, along with Dieng, from the Utah Jazz on June 27, 2013.

Payne, 24, averaged 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 32 games last season, including averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29 games with Minnesota. Originally selected with the 15th overall pick by the Hawks in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Wolves acquired him from Atlanta on February 10, 2015.

Wiggins, 20, registered averages of 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season en route to being named the 2015 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year. Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and was acquired by the Wolves on August 23, 2014.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne, Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Pod: Minnesota Timberwolves Season Preview With Zach Harper

Oct 20, 2015 6:15 PM

Zach Harper (@talkhoops) of CBS Sports joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Minnesota Timberwolves season.

Topics include: How Andrew Wiggins can improve in his second season, the ceiling of Karl Towns, which of the other young prospects on the team will be part of the future, the squad's best lineups, whether young players should be handed entitlement minutes, and a season prediction.

Subscribe to the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on iTunes or via the XML feed.

Click here for other team previews from the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast.

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Flip Saunders Unlikely To Return As Head Coach This Season

Oct 2, 2015 12:42 PM

Flip Saunders is unlikely to return to the sidelines as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

"There’s no question things have changed dramatically since the team announced his diagnosis in August, back when it quoted his doctors saying the cancer was very treatable and curable," wrote Zgoda. "Since then there have been changes to the way his body handled the chemotherapy (and maybe how much cancer they’ve found) that have made it life threatening. Everyone involved has gone radio silent because of the family’s request for privacy and federal patient-privacy laws, etc., but between the complete silence, the lack of people visiting as far as I can tell apart from his immediate family and very inner circle while he remains hospitalized here in Minneapolis and the things I’m hearing second-hand, well, none of it is good. I’ll just say this, and this is just my own opinion, if he pulls through this: I doubt very much he’s back this year, it’s probably unlikely he coaches again just because of the stress inherent doing both those jobs and I think there’s a pretty good chance he doesn’t return full time to either job."

"As far as the franchise goes, that will put them in a holding pattern for some time. I can’t see Glen Taylor allowing Milt Newton and Sam to make a major decision until they know more about Flip’s future and Glen decides who will run his team for the long term. I wouldn’t assume it’ll be Milt and Sam going forward, that’s just for the short term until things become clearer."

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

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Anthony Bennett Clears Waivers, Raptors Considered Frontrunners
Anthony Bennett's reps pushed for a buyout with Minnesota and tried to dissuade teams from claiming him on waivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Not Discussing Ricky Rubio Trade
There have been rumors this offseason of a possible trade involving Ricky Rubio.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Anthony Bennett Gave Up $2.15M For Buyout
If Anthony Bennett clears waivers, he may have to sign a minimum salary contract worth $947,000, thereby forfeiting about $1 million from his original salary.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Anthony Bennett Agrees To Buyout With Wolves
The Blazers are expected to pursue Anthony Bennett with the presence of Jay Triano a factor.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Bennett, Wolves Progressing On Buyout Talks
Anthony Bennett's agents have been eager for a contract buyout to allow him the chance for greater playing time.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Sign Nick Wiggins, Kleon Penn To Camp Deals
Nick Wiggins is the older brother of Andrew Wiggins.

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Sam Mitchell To Become Interim Head Coach Of Wolves
Sam Mitchell will be elevated to interim head coach of the Timberwolves as Flip Saunders battles cancer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tayshaun Prince Agrees To One-Year Deal With Wolves
Tayshaun Prince has agreed to a one-year deal with the Timberwolves worth the veteran's minimum.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Flip Saunders Undergoing Chemotherapy For Lymphoma
Flip Saunders will continue his duties with the Timberwolves.

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Sam Cassell Injured Hip In 2004 Playoffs Doing Big Balls Dance
Sam Cassell injured his hip before the start of the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kevin Garnett Will Start For Wolves At Power Forward
Flip Saunders believes Kevin Garnett is the best power forward on the Wolves' roster.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Saunders Hadn't Given Up On Re-Signing Love Before Wiggins' Trade
Flip Saunders was entirely prepared to keep Kevin Love as he entered free agency in 2015 until the Cavaliers approached the Wolves with the Andrew Wiggins' trade.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Andre Miller, Wolves Agree Upon Deal
Andre Miller has reached agreement with the Wolves on a deal, league sources tell RealGM.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

Maria Guardado/Star Ledger

Pacers Acquire Chase Budinger From Wolves For Damjan Rudez
Chase Budinger has averaged 8.5 points per game in his NBA career.

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Kevin Garnett, Wolves Agree Upon New Two-Year Deal
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in February in a trade with the Nets.

Darren Wolfson/KSTP

Demetris Nichols Talks With Grizzlies, Others About NBA Return
The Timberwolves and Pelicans have also inquired on Demetris Nichols, a source said.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Nemanja Bjelica, Timberwolves Discuss Three-Year Deal While Exploring Options
Nemanja Bjelica has moved toward breaking into the NBA after being named the Euroleague MVP this past season.

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Wolves Decide To Select Karl-Anthony Towns At No. 1
The Wolves have long been expected to select Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick and they've made their decision.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves
The Timberwolves were the only team for which Karl-Anthony Towns held an individual workout.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

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