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Karl-Anthony Towns 'Strong Believer In Vaccine', Has No 'Ill Will' Toward Those Who Don't

Oct 14, 2021 10:52 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns lost seven members of his family to COVID-19, including his mother Jacqueline Towns, and was recently asked to share his opinion on vaccines for the novel virus. 

"I'm obviously a strong believer in the vaccine," Towns told NJ.com. "I've been through so much and it would be kind of contradictory to not be on the pro-vaccine side. But what I will say is that I believe in choice and I like to give people their choice and I have no problem with people having their choice."

Towns added that he has not spoken to Kyrie Irving about his vaccination status. 

"I think that's not only a human right, but it's an American right as well.. ... They make their own decisions on their own bodies and their own families. I have no ill will towards that," Towns continued. "The only thing I would say is just don't give me a (expletive) excuse why [you don't get the vaccine]...You don't want to do it, that's your choice."

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Sachin Gupta Has Strong Backing Of Ownership, Coaching Staff, Karl-Anthony Towns

Oct 7, 2021 12:19 PM

Sachin Gupta and Gersson Rosas met on the morning of the latter's dismissal by the Minnesota Timberwolves to clear the air between them. Gupta had just returned from his honeymoon and had been urged to meet with Rosas by ownership of the Wolves.

Gupta and Rosas spoke about their situation and left it with a plan to work together. Gupta had previously been blocked by Rosas from taking a job with the Houston Rockets that would have increased his compensation.

Glen Taylor was on his way up from his house outside Minneapolis to fire Rosas amid growing concerns about his leadership and also an affair he was having with a team employee.

Gupta was summoned to a meeting with Taylor a few years later in which he was put in charge of the front office.

I’ll be honest, it was definitely a whirlwind that first day,” Gupta said with a smile as he sat in his office overlooking the Wolves’ practice court. “But now that we’re in camp and everyone’s ready to go, definitely everyone’s moved past what’s happened and is really focused on our goals for this year. There’s a lot of good energy in the building and a lot of excitement.”

Gupta spoke of the strain in his relationship with Rosas stemming from being blocked from going to the Rockets.

Those types of things happen around the league,” Gupta said. “I was just focused on doing the best that I could for everyone here in this building and for the team. I’m excited about the decisions that we were all able to make together. Really excited about where we’re at now and about moving forward.”

Gupta has spent his first days trying to connect with as many people in the organization as possible.

 

Gupta has the strong backing of ownership, coaching staff and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Wolves' Ownership 'Bullish' On Trading For Ben Simmons

Oct 6, 2021 2:26 PM

The new ownership group of the Minnesota Timberwolves has interest in trading for Ben Simmons, which could put Sachin Gupta in a unique situation of negotiating a major trade despite ostensibly acting as the interim head of their front office.

The conventional wisdom around the league has been that Simmons would be a natural fit with Karl-Anthony Towns. In any trade for Simmons, the Wolves would also consider Anthony Edwards to be completely untouchable. The Wolves would prefer to keep D'Angelo Russell but are believed to be willing to trade him if necessary. 

"That's his challenge. Even though he doesn't have the interim tag, he knows he's essentially an interim guy," said Jon Krawczynski on The Athletic NBA Show of Gupta. "Do you make the decisions you think is best for the organization or the one you think is going to get you the job? Because I do know ownership is very bullish on Ben Simmons. They are very intrigued by the idea of adding him Towns, Edwards..."

Gupta, like Gersson Rosas, previously worked under Daryl Morey with the Houston Rockets.

"They want to get in," said Krawczynski on a Minnesota trade for Simmons. "I think Simmons' value around the league is pretty low, but the Wolves are bullish. They want to be at the head of this table. They know they don't have the pieces to give Daryl Morey that are immediately going to help him win a championship. The hope is that maybe if Daryl Morey gets pressed into a corner, maybe he would take a draft pick heavy package from the Wolves and then use some of those picks later on down the line to go get a Damian Lillard or a Bradley Beal."

Krawczynski also added that Towns and Simmons have been on "good terms."

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Wolves, Pacers, Pistons, Raptors, Spurs Continue To Express Interest In Ben Simmons

Oct 2, 2021 4:33 PM

Several teams are still talking trades with the Philadelphia 76ers for disgruntled All-Star Ben Simmons. League sources indicate that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are still inquiring about trading for Simmons.

Cleveland, Minnesota and San Antonio have been linked to Simmons since he went on the block a couple of months ago. Toronto was also rumored to be involved, but had no interest in moving All-Star forward Pascal Siakam as part of a package for Simmons. It's unknown what level of interest Detroit or Indiana have.

It was recently reported that Philadelphia has not issued Simmons a payment of $8.25 million that was due on October 1. The Sixers have reportedly placed that amount in escrow and will deduct any fines Simmons incurs from that account.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Lost 50 Pounds During COVID-19 Illness

Sep 27, 2021 1:55 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns tested positive for COVID-19, just nine months after his mother, Jacqueline Towns, died of the same virus. The virus also killed his uncle and five other members of his family.

Towns received treatment at an area hospital, then quarantined at home for the next few weeks.

“I’ve had a lot of situations this year where things were just too much for me,” Towns says. “I just remember [quarantining] in the house, and it was more than just COVID for me. I felt like I was going through a holistic journey.”

Towns was cleared on February 1st and had worked his way back after losing 50 pounds while recovering from COVID-19. “I was as big as D’Angelo [Russell],” he jokes. “I was as big as our guards. You think I’m gonna play center?”

While Towns solved his weight problem with a high-calorie diet, he had the symptoms of a panic attack in his first game back.

When the first quarter ended, Towns rushed back to the locker room and he texted his agent: “I can’t be out here anymore. I can’t do this.”

Towns keep on playing as it felt like it could provide a blip of relief. 

“[My mother] made basketball fun for me my whole entire life,” Towns said. “She made it where I wanted to even do this. So for me, I was like, [There’s] too much on my mind. I’m not, I can’t, nah, I can’t.”

Despite the tumult facing the Wolves during his tenure, Towns is interested in a contract extension.

“My chips are all on the table,” Towns said. “So it’s up to the Wolves, you know? If they give me the chance to stay there I fa’ sho would take it. The ball is in their court.”

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Karl-Anthony Towns Has Given No Indication He's Interested In Trade From Wolves

Sep 23, 2021 4:45 PM

Outside of the 17-18 season in which the Minnesota Timberwolves reached the playoffs, the tenure of Karl-Anthony Towns with the franchise has been tumultuous due to no fault of him. Flip Saunders passed away shortly after Towns was drafted, which led to Tom Thibodeau taking over both coaching duties and the front office at the end of his rookie season. Ryan Saunders replaced Thibodeau as head coach in January 2019 and Gersson Rosas was hired to run the front office a few months later. The Wolves have since fired Saunders and replaced him with Chris Finch, while they're now also searching for a replacement for Finch.

"Karl-Anthony Towns has weathered a lot of drama in his six years here," said Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. "The Jimmy Butler situation. He's had a bunch of guys who have been president of basketball operations. He's had a bunch of head coaches. There's just been so much turmoil and tumult around him. You've seen stars ask out in other places and you say 'Do you really need to go that far? Is that really necessary?'

"I think if he fired that bullet, I don't think many people would disagree. It's been a mess here. 

"Now so far, there's no indications that he's ready to go that route. I know the team has engaged directly with him and his representation over the last 24 hours to really try... They've engaged with every player to try to send a new message and get everyone on board and let them know what they're thinking and doing."

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Report: Regime Of Gersson Rosas Described By Some Within Wolves As 'Dysfunctional'

Sep 22, 2021 10:21 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves made a surprise move on Wednesday in dismissing Gersson Rosas just days before the start of training camp.

Ownership of the Wolves have listened to a vocal contingent of staffers who expressed concern with the way Rosas conducted his business, sources tell The Athletic. The franchise decided they could not wait any longer to address the situation. 

The tenure of Rosas was described by some as dysfunctional with tension rippling through the front office. Rival team executives and agents also complained about how Rosas treated relationships and negotations. The complaints reached the ownership level of the last few weeks.

The Wolves went 42-94 in two seasons with Rosas running the front office. 

Glen Taylor took part in a meeting with Rosas on Wednesday before the decision was announced. 

The Athletic had been investigating the working environment under Rosas over the past few weeks. Some said Rosas worked his staff long hours without giving much input into the decision-making process. 

“It’s hard,” one member of the organization who followed Rosas to Minnesota after he was hired said. “He’s not who I thought he l was.”

Rosas had direct issues with Sachin Gupta. Gupta's potential lateral move to the Houston Rockets with increased pay was blocked by Rosas. The tension between Rosas and Gupta only grew later in August when Rosas banished Gupta from the team’s offices and granted him permission to seek employment elsewhere, according to sources. The issue was resolved in early September after ownership got involved and Gupta decided to stay. Gupta is now replacing Rosas on an interim basis. 

Sources tell The Athletic that the driving force behind the move was the lack of success on the court and poor front office morale, but the franchise also discovered that Rosas had a consensual intimate relationship with a member of the organization. It was not the reason for the dismissal, but it impacted the timing. 

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Wolves Promote Sachin Gupta To Run Front Office On Interim Basis

Sep 22, 2021 4:38 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have promoted Sachin Gupta as the head of basketball operations on an interim basis.

The Wolves parted ways with Gersson Rosas earlier on Wednesday. 

Gupta previously worked with the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. 

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Wolves Part Ways With Gersson Rosas

Sep 22, 2021 3:27 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have parted ways with Gersson Rosas as president of basketball operations. 

"As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of,” said Glen Taylor in announcing the move.

The Wolves made the announcement just six days before training camp and a few weeks after Rosas made several moves such as the trade for Patrick Beverley. 

Rosas was still holding meetings and was in the gym Wednesday morning and the decision caught players and other members of the franchise by surprise. 

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Wolves Sign Brian Bowen II, Matt Lewis, Isaiah Miller, Chris Silva

Sep 20, 2021 9:04 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward Brian Bowen II, guard Matt Lewis, guard Isaiah Miller and forward Chris Silva. 

In two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Bowen saw action in 12 total games. He played in 44 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants over two seasons, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. After withdrawing from the 2018 NBA draft during the final entry deadline, Bowen made the decision to forgo college and pursue a professional contract. On August 7, 2018, Bowen signed with the Sydney Kings of the Australian NBL. During the 2018–19 NBL season, he played in 30 games while averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Lewis, 22, wrapped up a four-year career at James Madison University where he ranked among the career leaders in several categories, including third in points (1,928) and eighth in assists (341). Last year during his senior season, he was named CAA Player of the Year after leading the Dukes in points, field goals, three pointers, free throws, defensive rebounds. assists, and minutes. Lewis became the first James Madison player ever be named to the All-CAA team in three different seasons.

Miller, 22, played in all five games for the 2021 Timberwolves Summer League team, averaging 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals in 16.2 minutes per game. Miller averaged 14.9 points on 47.4% shooting, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game during his four-year career at UNC Greensboro. In Miller’s final season with the Spartans, he was named SoCon Player of the Year and SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the only men’s basketball player in SoCon history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The Newark, N.J. native ranks second in school history with 314 steals and third in scoring with 1,965 points.

Silva, 24, saw action in 15 total games last season for the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings where he averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. During the 2019-20 season, the 6-8 forward split time between the Heat and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League where he saw action in 44 games in for Miami, averaging 3.0 points on 61.5% shooting and 2.9 rebounds. Silva played four seasons at South Carolina, appearing in 134 career games (108 starts) and averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.39 blocks and 21.7 minutes. He became the first player in school history to total at least 700 rebounds and 500 free throws made.

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Wolves Sign 2020 First Round Pick Leandro Bolmaro

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Timberwolves, Jordan McLaughlin Agree To Three-Year Contract

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Timberwolves, Jarred Vanderbilt Agree To Three-Year, $13.8M Deal

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Jeff Newton Hired As Head Coach Of Iowa Wolves

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Anthony Edwards Grows Two Inches To 6'6 Since Draft

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Lauri Markkanen Fully Expected He'd End Up With Spurs

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76ers Remain In Holding Pattern On Ben Simmons Trade

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Grizzlies Unlikely To Retain Juancho Hernangomez

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Wolves Continue To Seek Ben Simmons Trade, But May Need Third Team

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Grizzlies Trade Beveley To Wolves For Culver, Hernangomez

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Jordan McLaughlin Optimistic Of Signing Multi-Year Deal With Wolves

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Timberwolves Extend Qualifying Offers To Jarred Vanderbilt, Jordan McLaughlin

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