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Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks

May 20, 2015 6:17 PM

With the lottery complete, we can now begin to have a realistic idea of which players will end up with which teams. The following three mocks are the first projections from ESPN's Chad Ford, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Aran Smith of NBADraft.

ESPN
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Mario Hezonja
9. CHA: Devin Booker 
10. MIA: Stanley Johnson
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Trey Lyles
13. PHX: Frank Kaminsky
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

Draft Express
1. MIN: Karl Anthony-Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Mario Hezonja
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Kristaps Porzingis
9. CHA: Stanley Johnson
10. MIA: Kelly Oubre
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Frank Kaminsky 
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

NBADraft.net
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Justise Winslow
7. DEN: Mario Hezonja
8. DET: Stanley Johnson
9. CHA: Trey Lyles
10. MIA: Myles Turner
11. IND: Willie Cauley-Stein
12. UTA: Sam Dekker
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

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Wolves Willing To Consider Trading No. 1 Overall Pick

May 20, 2015 3:58 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have openly mentioned the possibility of trading away the first overall pick.

Glen Taylor admitted it is unlikely, but not something they're prepared to rule out.

Taylor said it is something that will be “part of any conversation.”

“You never know what it could mean, if you could get the right one or two guys that could change your team,” Taylor said. “When you already have a bunch of young guys, you have to look at this type of stuff. But I think it's a very hard decision to make.”

The Wolves already have a young roster with several former lottery picks.

“We've got so many young guys,” Taylor said, “we would be better off not even being close to the lottery again.”

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Wolves Anticipate Kevin Garnett Returning Next Season

May 19, 2015 10:29 PM

Glen Taylor expects Kevin Garnett to play next season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Garnett at the trade deadline in February.

"I see that he's out working really hard to get his knee into shape," said Garnett. "So I anticipate that he's interested in coming back. I can't say that for sure, but I don't know why he would be out there doing what he's doing if he didn't want to come back."

Garnett was drafted by the Wolves in 1995 and has played nearly 50,000 career minutes.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Lakers Had Handshake Agreement For Kevin Garnett In 2007

May 19, 2015 7:34 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly had a handshake agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007 on a trade of Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Kevin Garnett.

"Dr. [Jerry] Buss came to me and said, 'I have a handshake agreement with Taylor, that he's going to come to L.A. But (Kevin) McHale hasn't concurred yet.' So I said, 'Well that's a good excuse.' You always, as an owner, say, 'I'll do this, but …' So I kept that hope out there, that he was gonna be a part of the Laker organization," said Phil Jackson.

Taylor believed Bynum was going to become a star.

Garnett was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics for Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes and a first round pick.

McHale's relationship with Ainge was believed to have helped facilitate the trade.

"I've always kind of hinted that, in fun. … Of course, it's easier to make a deal with someone you know," said Jackson.

The Phoenix Suns were offering Amar'e Stoudemire for Garnett.

The Lakers eventually acquired Pau Gasol without trading away Bynum or Odom, which led them to three Finals appearances and two titles.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report (via Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports)

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team

May 18, 2015 2:43 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

On the second team are Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway.

From Gary Neal and Landry Fields in 2011 to Marc Jackson in 2001, the All-Rookie First Team has had a surprising number of one-hit wonders.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Andrew Wiggins On Minnesota: I Hope I'm Here Forever

Apr 30, 2015 7:04 PM

Andrew Wiggins was named NBA Rookie of the Year on Thursday and he hopes to remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves for many years to come.

The Wolves have had difficulty building a consistent winner around past superstars such as Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.

"I hope I'm here forever," said Wiggins.

"I don’t believe there’s any curse or nothing like that. We just needed the right pieces. I feel like now we’ve got them."

Jon Krawczynski/AP

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Andrew Wiggins Wins NBA ROY; Mirotic Finishes 2nd Ahead Of Noel

Apr 30, 2015 4:01 PM

Andrew Wiggins has been named NBA Rookie of the Year, beating out Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel.

Elfrid Payton finished fourth and received three first place votes.

Marcus Smart, Jusuf Nurkic and Jordan Clarkson also received votes.

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Chase Budinger Exercises $5M Option For 15-16

Apr 29, 2015 9:38 PM

Chase Budinger exercised the $5 million player option on his contract for next season, according to sources.

Budinger filed the necessary paper work on Wednesday.

Budinger averaged nine points and shooting better than 50 percent over the final 2½ months of the season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chase Budinger, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andrew Wiggins To Be Named NBA Rookie Of The Year
Andrew Wiggins was the top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will play in the FIBA Americas tournament in late August and early September in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Ricky Rubio To Undergo Surgery On Left Ankle
Ricky Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Arinze Onuaku Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season
Arinze Onuaku averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 41 D League games this season with the Canton Charge.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Thaddeus Young Trade Praised For Surge Of Nets, Brook Lopez
Stefan Bondy reports that Billy King had been working on the Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young trade all season.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Nikola Pekovic To Undergo Surgery On Right Achilles
Nikola Pekovic played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.

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Nikola Pekovic Out For Season With Ankle Soreness
Nikola Pekovic has played in just 51.8 percent of the Wolves' games since signing a new contract.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Sean Kilpatrick Signs 10-Day Contract With Timberwolves
The Timberwolves used a hardship exception to sign Sean Kilpatrick.

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Andrew Wiggins Plans To Remain With Wolves For 'Very, Very, Very Long Time'
Andrew Wiggins has already been mentioned as a potential addition for the Raptors due to the franchise being his home team.

Eric Koreen/National Post

Masai Ujiri Promises To Have Canadian On Roster, Hints At Andrew Wiggins
Masai Ujiri said he planned to hire a scout to concentrate on Canadian players "because the growth of the game here is so big."

Lori Ewing/Canadian Press

76ers Claim Glenn Robinson III
Glenn Robinson III was waived this week by the Wolves.

Michael Scotto/RealGM

Wolves Claim Justin Hamilton, Waive Glenn Robinson III
Justin Hamilton was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans to create a roster spot for Elliot Williams.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart Named Rookies Of The Month
Andrew Wiggins averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in February.

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Kevin Garnett: If LeBron Can Go Home, Why Can't I?
Kevin Garnett returned to the Timberwolves nearly eight years after he was traded to the Celtics.

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Shabazz Muhammad Out For Season With Broken Finger
Shabazz Muhammad has averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Bennett Out Minimum Of Two Weeks With Sprained Ankle
Anthony Bennett will be sidelined a minimum of two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

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Windhorst: Wiggins Would Have Remained With Cavs If He'd Signed With Rich Paul
Before Andrew Wiggins' freshman season at Kansas began, Rich Paul was considered the favorite to become his agent.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kevin Garnett Traded Back To Wolves For Thad Young
Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to return to the Wolves.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade
The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Timberwolves.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Interested In Trading For Kevin Garnett
The Wolves and Nets have discussed a trade involving Kevin Garnett returning to the franchise he began his career with for Thad Young.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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