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Kevin Garnett: If LeBron Can Go Home, Why Can't I?

Feb 24, 2015 4:20 PM

Kevin Garnett returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves nearly eight years after he was traded to the Boston Celtics.

Garnett won a title in 2008 with the Celtics as the Wolves were unable to build an adequate supporting cast around him.

Garnett encouraged LeBron James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 and Garnett was apparently inspired by James' return home this season.

"I figure if LeBron can go home, then s***, why can't I?" said Garnett.

Garnett brings veteran leadership to a talented young core.

"This is probably the most talent on the team since it has been assembled. The talent here is endless."

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Tags: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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Shabazz Muhammad Out For Season With Broken Finger

Feb 21, 2015 6:51 PM

Shabazz Muhammad will undergo surgery on his middle finger and will miss the rest of the season.

The recovery period for the injury on his shooting hand is expected to be eight weeks.

 

Muhammad has averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.

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Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Anthony Bennett Out Minimum Of Two Weeks With Sprained Ankle

Feb 21, 2015 3:10 PM

Anthony Bennett will be sidelined a minimum of two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday.

Bennett will not travel with the team to Houston.

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Tags: Anthony Bennett, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Windhorst: Wiggins Would Have Remained With Cavs If He'd Signed With Rich Paul

Feb 20, 2015 1:39 PM

Before Andrew Wiggins' freshman season at Kansas began, Rich Paul was considered the favorite to become his agent.

Paul also represents Canadians cush as Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph and Myck Kabongo.

Wiggins ultimately chose Bill Duffy with Roc Nation as the runner-up.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Wiggins wouldn't have been traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers if he had signed with Paul's agency.

When the Cavaliers signed James, they believed they were going to keep Wiggins and trading for Kevin Love wouldn't have had to include the first overall pick of the draft. James left Wiggins out of the his return to Cleveland letter and he was soon included in trade talks.

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Tags: Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Garnett Traded Back To Wolves For Thad Young

Feb 19, 2015 2:38 PM

Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Brooklyn Nets will acqire Thaddeus Young from the Wolves in exchange for Garnett.

Garnett was traded by the Wolves to the Boston Celtics in 2007.

The Wolves acquired Young as part of the Kevin Love deal last offseason.

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports the Wolves would like to sign Garnett to a two-year extension.

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Tags: Kevin Garnett, Thaddeus Young, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade

Feb 19, 2015 12:40 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are close to trading Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a package for Reggie Jackson.

The Nets, however, need to believe they will be able to convince Jackson to re-sign in the offseason. Jackson will be a restricted free agent. Jackson turned down a four-year, $48 million extension with the Thunder.

The Thunder have had interest in Lopez dating back to the 2008 NBA Draft.

The Thunder would include Kendrick Perkins and Perry Jones as part of the package.

The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Washington Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brook Lopez, Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Jarrett Jack, Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Kevin Garnett

Feb 19, 2015 12:02 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a late push to trade for Kevin Garnett.

The Wolves and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade involving Garnett returning to the franchise he began his career with for Thad Young.

Garnett has a no trade clause and has interest in becoming an owner of the Wolves in the future.

The Wolves acquired Young as part of the Kevin Love trade in the offseason for Miami's first round pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Garnett has ruled out a buyout with the Nets and will instead consider the Wolves' trade idea.

Update: Approximately 90 minutes before the deadline, Wojnarowski reports there is a growing belief Garnett will waive his no-trade clause.

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Tags: Kevin Garnett, Thaddeus Young, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lorenzo Brown Agrees To Sign With Wolves

Feb 18, 2015 5:23 PM

Lorenzo Brown has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves will have a team option on Brown for the 15-16 season.

Brown had been on two 10-day contracts with the Wolves, averaging 3.2 points and 3.0 assists in 19.7 minutes over five games.

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Tags: Lorenzo Brown, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Zach LaVine Wins Dunk Contest While Keeping 'Some Tricks In Bag' For Next Year

Feb 15, 2015 2:40 PM

Zach LaVine comfortably won the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest by wowing the Barclays Center crowd and he claims to have left out his best dunks.

"That's the funny thing," LaVine said of his best dunk. "I didn't do that one. I got some tricks in the bag still."

LaVine sounded very open to the idea of returning next season to defend his crown.

Eliot Shorr-Parks/NJ.com

Tags: Zach Lavine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Hawks Trade Adreian Payne To Wolves For 2017 First Rounder
The Hawks have agreed to send Adreian Payne to the Wolves for a 2017 lottery protected first round pick.

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Hornets Acquire Mo Williams, Troy Daniels From Wolves For Gary Neal
Mo Williams and Troy Daniels will go to the Hornets, while Gary Neal will be traded to the Wolves.

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Lorenzo Brown To Sign Second 10-Day Contract With Wolves
Lorenzo Brown is averaging four points, nearly four assists and 24.2 minutes per game over four appearances with the Timberwolves.

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Andrew Wiggins, Elfrid Payton Named Rookies Of The Month
Andrew Wiggins and Elfrid Payton have been named the NBA Rookies of the Month for January.

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Ricky Rubio To Return Monday Against Mavericks
The Timberwolves plan to restrict Ricky Rubio's minutes until after the All-Star break while he sees how his ankle responds.

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Mo Williams Available In Trade Talks
Mo Williams signed with the Wolves in the offseason and the club is looking for draft pick compensation.

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Timberwolves Plan To Sign Lorenzo Brown On 10-Day Contract
Lorenzo Brown has played for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.

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Robbie Hummel Suffers Fracture In Hand
Robbie Hummel is averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game.

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Giannis, Oladipo, Mason Plumlee Confirmed For Dunk Contest
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee will participate, while Zach LaVine could also be added.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Al Horford, Mo Williams Named NBA Players Of The Week
Al Horford and Mo Williams have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

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Miroslav Raduljica To Sign Second 10-Day Contract With Wolves
Miroslav Raduljica was previously in China and signed a 10-day deal with the Wolves earlier in January.

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Thaddeus Young Drawing Interest From Nets
The Nets would look to flip Kendrick Perkins for Thaddeus Young.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Shabazz Muhammad Sidelined Two Weeks With Oblique Strain
Shabazz Muhammad will be reevaluated in two weeks.

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Kevin Garnett Could Become Wolves' Minority Owner, Consultant
Kevin Garnett has made over $300 million in salary during his playing career.

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Miroslav Raduljica Signs 10-Day Contract With Timberwolves
Miroslav Raduljica will wear No. 13 for the Wolves.

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Jeff Adrien Waived By Timberwolves
Jeff Adrien has been waived by the Timberwolves.

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Nikola Mirotic, Andrew Wiggins Named Rookies Of December
Nikola Mirotic and Andrew Wiggins have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December.

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Ricky Rubio Expected Back In Mid-January
Ricky Rubio has missed 24 games with a severely sprained left ankle he suffered on Nov. 7.

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Miroslav Raduljica Finalizing Deal With Timberwolves For Rest Of Season
Miroslav Raduljica is finalizing a guaranteed contract with the Timberwolves for the remainder of the season, league sources told RealGM.

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