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Woj: Wolves Would Choose Karl-Anthony Towns Over Tom Thibodeau

May 23, 2018 9:45 AM

If the situation between Karl-Anthony Towns and Tom Thibodeau reaches a point of no-return, Adrian Wojnarowski believes ownership would side with Towns.

“I think their owner would trade management/the coach before he would trade Karl-Anthony Towns,” Wojnarowski said on The Russillo Show. “I don’t think they would allow that. I just don’t believe they’d allow that kind of decision. And I don’t know that they’d want to trade him. To answer this first, Minnesota’s bigger issue is not…he’s Karl-Anthony Towns, they’re not moving him, Towns is eligible for his extension this summer. You know Jimmy Butler…it’s more of a question of Andrew Wiggins. That to me would be, if someone was going to get moved — and I’m not saying anyone’s going to get moved — I think Andrew Wiggins is the one you’re going to look at first. Because…you don’t have to make a decision on Towns and Jimmy Butler and one of those guys having to take less on an extension, because you can’t have three [max] guys.”

Adrian Wojnarowski (via Uproxx)

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Teams Exploring Whether Wolves Could Trade Karl-Anthony Towns

May 22, 2018 2:32 PM

During an appearance on The Jump on Monday, Brian Windhorst expanded upon the Minnesota Timberwolves' uncertain offseason, particularly when it comes to Karl-Anthony Towns.

Towns becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

"Let's just put it this way: I didn't make this up," Windhorst said. "People in the league have been saying, 'You know, maybe we should call and take a look and see what's going on with Karl Towns.' He and Tom Thibodeau did not have a great season together, I think that's fair to say. They recently fired Vince Legarza, who was his strength and conditioning coach, actually his workout coach with the Wolves and, according to The Athletic, didn't tell him about it, he found out when everybody else did. 

"I don't think the Wolves are looking to trade him, but teams are definitely sniffing around as if maybe there's something here. And the reason why it's important now is that he's due to sign an extension this summer. And if you don't get the extension signed, if he's not committed to the franchise, what happens? I just think that ... they've already taken some calls on him, this is not new -- the Clippers called and offered Blake Griffin for him -- in my belief they are going to get more calls on him, especially in the wake of what seems to be a disconnect between Karl and the franchise."

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Devin Booker Tweets Photo Of Karl-Anthony Towns In Suns Jersey

May 19, 2018 10:53 AM

Devin Booker posted a photo of Karl-Anthony Towns in a Phoenix Suns jersey a few hours after ESPN speculated about the big man's future with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Booker and Towns were teammates at the University of Kentucky.

With the first and 16th overall picks in this year's draft, along with incoming first rounders  in 2019 from the Bucks and 2021 from the Heat, the Suns could put together an attractive trade package for Towns.

The Suns are also on record that the first overall pick could be made available.

Towns is eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Reportedly 'Not In A Good Place Right Now Internally' With Karl-Anthony Towns

May 18, 2018 6:45 PM

Reports of a discord between Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves' organization continue to trickle out this offseason.

The Wolves fired Karl-Anthony Towns developmental coach after their elimination from the playoffs.

"Has anybody noticed what's going on in Minnesota between Karl Towns and that organization?" said Brian Windhorst on the Lowe Post. 

"It's not, um, well..." started Zach Lowe before  "Darren Wolfson alluded to a lot of it on a podcast a couple weeks ago. They're not in a good. And I said on some podcast recently that I just have a gut feeling that something crazy is going to happen there this summer. It's not in a good place right now internally."

"If I was the Celtics, I would make a quiet call to Minnesota," replied Windhorst.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rick Brunson Steps Down As Wolves' Assistant Amid Allegations Of Improper Conduct

May 8, 2018 3:44 PM

Rick Brunson has stepped down from his position as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Brunson had been the subject of complaints for improper conduct toward women, an NBA source confirmed.

In 2015, Brunson was acquitted in Chicago of all charges he had sexually assaulted a massage therapist with whom he admitted to having an extramarital affair.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

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Jamal Crawford To Decline $4.5M Option With Wolves

May 2, 2018 8:30 PM

Jamal Crawford will decline his 18-19 player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves to become a free agent.

Crawford was due $4.5 million as he signed a two-year, $9 million deal after being bought out by the Atlanta Hawks.

Jimmy Butler has stressed to management that he wants Crawford to remain with Minnesota by any means necessary.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves

Apr 19, 2018 10:44 AM

What happened in three snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Wednesday, April 18.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Infographic

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Wolves Want Karl-Anthony Towns To Be More Active After 8-Point Game 1

Apr 16, 2018 10:23 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns had just eight points on 3-for-9 shooting in the Timberwolves' 104-101 loss to the Rockets in Game 1.

Tom Thibodeau noted that the Rockets' strategy of switching and double-teaming Towns was effective.

"He's got to be more active," Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau was asked how Towns should be more active.

"You run the floor," Thibodeau said. "Kick the ball out, repost, keep moving around, search it out, get to the offensive board. You've got to sprint around. You learn when teams are double-teaming you -- that's what you have to do. You have to make the right play. You also have to get to positions in which it's difficult for them to double-team you. Transition is a big part of that. You've got to run the floor."

"I've got to be better on both sides of the basketball," said Towns, who had 12 rebounds and played a team-high 40 minutes. "At the end of the day, I trust my teammates full-heartedly that when they get the ball that they can go out there and score every single time. We have such talented players that sometimes the game plan is that. I've got to be better all-around if I'm going to help my teammates out as much as possible."

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Wolves Convert Amile Jefferson To Standard NBA Contract

Apr 11, 2018 4:00 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have converted forward Amile Jefferson’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract.

Jefferson appeared in 45 games for the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s NBA G League affiliate, averaging 17.8 points, a league-leading 12.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

The 6-9 forward set a G League record with 36 double-doubles. Jefferson was signed by the Timberwolves to a two-way contract on Jan. 15, 2018.

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Winner Of Wolves-Nuggets Gets Final Western Conference Playoff Berth
The Wolves haven't reached the playoffs since 2004 when they reached the Western Conference Finals and lost to the Lakers.

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Jimmy Butler Likely To Return From Knee Injury Thursday
Jimmy Butler has been out since February when he tore his meniscus.

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Jimmy Butler On Track To Return Before End Of Regular Season
Jimmy Butler will participate in five-on-five contact scrimmages this week.

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Jimmy Butler Hopeful Of Returning From Knee Injury During Regular Season
Jimmy Butler spoke to reporters for the first time since suffering a meniscus injury on Feb. 23.

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Derrick Rose Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season
Derrick Rose was waived by the Jazz after the trade deadline.

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Shabazz Muhammad Agrees To Buyout With Wolves, Will Sign With Bucks
Shabazz Muhammad agreed upon a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Wolves late in free agency.

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Jimmy Butler Wasn't Forced To Decide Between Meniscus Repair, Removal
Jimmy Butler is hopeful of being able to return without some of the long-term risks involved with removing it.

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Jimmy Butler Undergoes Successful Surgery On Meniscus
Jimmy Butler hopes to return for the playoffs.

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Jimmy Butler Diagnosed With Torn Mensicus
There were fears Jimmy Butler suffered a torn ACL.

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Jimmy Butler To Undergo MRI On Injured Right Knee
Jimmy Butler's x-rays on Friday night after the game were negative.

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Warriors, Wolves, Thunder Interested In Joakim Noah If Bought Out
Joakim Noah remains away from the Knicks following a January altercation at practice with Jeff Hornacek.

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Wolves Not Planning To Sign Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose was linked to the Wolves following reports of his buyout from the Jazz.

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Wolves Interested In Signing Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Wolves, Thunder Could Pursue Joakim Noah If Bought Out
A buyout for Joakim Noah is unlikely at this time.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

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Wolves Sign Amile Jefferson To Two-Way Contract
Amile Jefferson is averaging 18.0 points and a league-best 13.1 rebounds per game in the G League.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: I Wanted To Be Able To Play Like Magic Johnson
Karl-Anthony Towns was trained by his father to work on a guard's ballhandling and shooting work first before moving onto big man's footwork and post-up drills.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Jeff Teague Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Jeff Teague suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee.

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Jeff Teague To Undergo MRI On Injured Left Knee
Jeff Teague was injured when Gary Harris rolled over Teague's planted left leg in a scrum for the ball.

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Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs Leaving Minnesota's Arena
A pair of fans shouted anti-gay slurs at Damian Lillard when he was walking to Portland's bus.

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