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Kevin Garnett Announces He's Out Of Running To Purchase Wolves

Mar 5, 2021 11:14 AM

Kevin Garnett announced on Instagram that he is out of the running to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Garnett and Glen Taylor have had an icy relationship in recent years with Garnett feeling Taylor broke promises that were made when he returned to the Wolves in 2015. Saunders and Garnett spoke often about their desire to put a group together to buy the team from Taylor, but Saunders died in October of that year. Garnett called Taylor “a snake” and ripped him in interviews with The Athletic and TNT.

Garnett has either complimented Taylor or has gone out of his way to avoid criticizing him of late.

Taylor was open to being approached by Garnett or a group representing him, but there was always skepticism that Garnett could amass enough money to meet an asking price that was expected to soar well past $1.3 billion.

 

Taylor contends Garnett never reached out with interest in purchasing the franchise.

“Kevin never contacted me at all saying that he was interested,” Taylor said in a phone call with The Athletic. “Nor was his name listed on any of the buying groups that asked for financial information to review.”

Taylor said he has received interest from at least 10 people or families, including two former NBA players, but not from Garnett. 

“I really expected that he probably would have (made a bid),” Taylor said. “He never contacted me, pursued it, nor was his name ever really listed in any group.”

Taylor remains committed to selling the franchise to a group that will keep the Wolves in Minnesota. 

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Wolves Seek Power Forward, Interested In Aaron Gordon, John Collins

Mar 4, 2021 11:25 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking for a trade to improve the power forward position. 

The Wolves had interest in John Collins and Aaron Gordon, two power forwards who have been considered to be available via trade.

The Wolves held substantive trade talks with the Orlando Magic on Gordon before his ankle sprain last month. Minnesota and Orlando are expected to resume talks when Gordon nears his return from injury.

Collins will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Brown, Miles Bridges Declined Dunk Contest Invites

Mar 2, 2021 1:48 PM

The NBA received a number of rejections to their invites for players to participate in the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest.

Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Brown and Miles Bridges are among the players who rejected the league's overtures.

Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. each previously stated they were not interested in participating. 

Zion Williamson has yet to announce his decision on participating the contest.

The league has received commitments from Anfernee Simons, Obi Toppin and Cassius Stanley. 

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Malik Beasley Suspended 12 Games After Guilty Plea

Feb 25, 2021 10:06 PM

Malik Beasley has been suspended 12 games without pay for pleading guilty to a felony charge of threatening to commit a crime of violence for the purpose of terrorizing another person, in violation of the law of the State of Minnesota, the NBA announced.

The incident occurred on Sept. 26, 2020.

Beasley will begin serving his suspension on Saturday, Feb. 27 when the Timberwolves visit the Washington Wizards.

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NBA Rejected Glen Taylor's Bid To Sell Wolves To Private Equity Firm Arctos

Feb 25, 2021 10:01 PM

The NBA shot down a pitch from Glen Taylor to sell the Minnesota Timberwolves to Arctos, a private equity firm formed in 2019.

Arctos was initially formed to buy small stakes in teams.

The idea was shot down because the NBA has not approved Arctos to date.

Arctos recently filed to raise money via a blank check company that will be used to buy stakes in teams that need capital to cover losses. 

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RealGM Radio: Jon Krawczynski On The Timberwolves

Feb 25, 2021 1:50 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (@JonKrawczynski) break down the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They discuss Gersson Rosas firing Ryan Saunders to immediately hire Chris Finch, how Karl-Anthony Towns can improve, their shooting guard situation and much more.

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Wolves Hire Chris Finch As Head Coach

Feb 22, 2021 11:30 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Chris Finch as head coach.

“I am excited to announce Chris Finch as our next head coach,” said Rosas. “Chris brings a wealth of basketball experience from his time in the NBA, G League and Internationally. He is one of the most creative basketball minds in the NBA, has success maximizing players, and I am excited to see him bring our team to the next level and beyond.”

“I would like to thank Glen Taylor and Gersson Rosas for this incredible opportunity to be the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves,” said Finch. “I look forward to working hand and hand with Gersson to build and lead a team that Timberwolves fans will be proud of. We have excellent pieces in place and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Known as one of the best offensive coaching minds in the NBA, Finch has coached the likes of Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Nikola Jokić, Zion Williamson and Kyle Lowry.

Finch, 51, has over 24 years of NBA and G League experience, serving most recently as an assistant coach under Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors this season. Prior to that, he made coaching stops with the New Orleans Pelicans as associate head coach from 2017-20, the Denver Nuggets as an assistant coach from 2016-17 and the Houston Rockets as an assistant coach from 2011-16. Finch was named the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rocket’s G League affiliate in 2009. He led the Vipers to back-to-back G League Finals appearances, compiling a 67-33 (.670) record in his two seasons. After leading Rio Grande Valley to the 2010 G League Championship, Finch received the Dennis Johnson Trophy as the league’s best head coach.

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Chris Finch Pledges To Make Karl-Anthony Towns Centerpiece Of Offense

Feb 22, 2021 11:26 PM

Chris Finch had an introductory press conference as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Finch said he spoke to Karl-Anthony Towns on Sunday night and pledged to make him the centerpiece of the offense.

The Wolves previously interviewed Nurse for their head coaching job in 2019.

Before the Saunders news broke, Towns reaffirmed his commitment to the franchise and said he liked the trajectory of the franchise despite the dismal record.

"If you want to build a legacy we got to win," Towns said. "And I want to build my legacy here so I want to win with the Wolves, and I'm going to do everything I possibly can to keep step-by-step, brick-by-brick, building something and a culture here that's going to stand here for a long time."

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Karl-Anthony Towns Addresses Future With Wolves For First Time This Season

Feb 22, 2021 8:31 AM

After a tough loss to the New York Knicks, but before Ryan Saunders was fired, Karl-Anthony Towns addressed his mindset about remaining with the Minnesota Timberwolves over the long-term for the first time this season.

"If you want to build a legacy we got to win," Towns said. "And I want to build my legacy here so I want to win with the Wolves, and I'm going to do everything I possibly can to keep step-by-step, brick-by-brick, building something and a culture here that's going to stand here for a long time."

Towns can become a free agent in 2024 after signing a five-year, $158 million max extension with the Wolves in 2018. 

Since signing the extension coming off a playoff appearance, the Wolves have consistently struggled and are now on their third head coach. Minnesota also made a risky move for Towns' close friend, D'Angelo Russell, but the pair have only played five games together so far.

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Timberwolves Fire Ryan Saunders; Finalizing Deal To Hire Chris Finch

Feb 22, 2021 12:31 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a multiyear deal to hire Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch as the franchise's new head coach, replacing Ryan Saunders, sources told ESPN.

The team announced that Saunders had been fired following a 103-99 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday night, which dropped them to a league-worst record of 7-24.

Saunders was 43-94 as coach of the Timberwolves in his two-plus seasons.

Gersson Rosas didn't want the Wolves to spend the remainder of the season with an interim head coach. There has been no hiring of an assistant coach to a head coaching job with another team since Lionel Hollins was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies from the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009.

Toronto hired Finch in the offseason as Nick Nurse's top assistant but wouldn't stand in his way to accept a head-coaching job during the season.

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D'Angelo Russell To Undergo Surgery On Left Knee, Out 4-6 Weeks

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