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Tyus Jones Out With Sprained Ankle

Jan 17, 2019 2:29 AM

Tyus Jones will wear a boot for several days after spraining his left ankle. Jones will be day-to-day following the removal of the boot.

Jones suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Timbewolves' 149-107 loss to the 76ers.

Jones is averaging 5.4 points and 4 assists in 20.3 minutes this season. 


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Wolves Hire Jerry Sichting As Assistant Coach

Jan 15, 2019 10:10 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will hire Jerry Sichting as assistant coach.

Sichting was most recently an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Jeff Hornacek.

Sichting was an assistant with the Wolves from 1995 until 2005, and again from 2008 until 2010.

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Dave Joerger: Focused On Kings Amid Timberwolves' Rumors

Jan 9, 2019 1:39 AM

Dave Joerger addressed rumors of him potentially taking over as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, saying that his focus is on getting the Sacramento Kings to the playoffs. 

“Obviously I’m a Minnesota kid, so it’s interesting, but at the same time, my focus is right here, right now. I mean, we’re having a great time with our guys...we have an identity, and we’re giving ourselves a chance to be in the playoff race. I think every coach and every player, that’s all they ever want in their careers, is an opportunity to be in the playoffs, and that’s really where my mindset is now.”

Joerger previously interviewed for the Timberwolves job in 2014, but ultimately decided to return to the Grizzlies.

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Karl-Anthony Towns On Tom Thibodeau Firing: No One Saw It Coming

Jan 8, 2019 2:38 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns said his teammates were caught off guard by Tom Thibodeau's firing, adding that he felt they were on the verge of finding stability under their former coach.

"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over," said Towns.

Towns added that he was not given a reason for why Thibodeau was fired.

Ryan Saunders was named the interim coach, with Fred Hoiberg, Monty Williams, and Chauncey Billups all rumored to be drawing interest for the position. 

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Fred Hoiberg Prefers To Continue Coaching Rather Than Exec Job

Jan 7, 2019 7:04 PM

Fred Hoiberg went on the record to state he prefers to remain in coaching rather than returning to an NBA front office.

Hoiberg has been mentioned as a candidate for UCLA's head coaching vacancy.

"My passion is in coaching and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead," said Hoiberg.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could have interest in Hoiberg in either a head coaching or general manager capacity.

Hoiberg was fired by the Chicago Bulls earlier this season.

Hoiberg said he will keep an open mind in searching for his next basketball job.

"I am not prioritizing one over the other in respect to the NBA and college," Hoiberg said. "The jobs are so different that you cannot compare them, so I plan on evaluating whatever opportunities may come independently."

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Tom Thibodeau Had Been Getting Along Well Recently

Jan 7, 2019 9:28 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns and Tom Thibodeau had a sometimes rocky partnership during their time together, but the two had been getting along well in recent weeks.

Towns agreed to sign a contract extension with the Wolves this offseason before Thibodeau's job status became an issue.

Towns told The Athletic in October that “Thibs and I may not see eye-to-eye every day, but the one thing I know is we have tremendous respect for each other.”

Sources say that sentiment remained unchanged.

Towns and Thibodeau laughed and joked with each other during Saturday's practice.

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Fred Hoiberg Not Considered Immediate Candidate For Wolves

Jan 7, 2019 9:08 AM

Fred Hoiberg is not an immediate candidate for the head coach or president's job of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hoiberg was fired earlier this season by the Chicago Bulls and is known as a favorite of Glen Taylor.

Ryan Saunders will get a chance to win the permanent job as head coach. Scott Layden will also be given the opportunity to remain as general manager.

The Wolves may consider hiring an assistant coach with previous head coaching experience to help Saunders.

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Timberwolves Waive James Nunnally

Jan 6, 2019 11:47 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived James Nunnally.

Over 13 appearances this season, the 28-year-old Nunnally averaged 2.1 points in 4.9 minutes. 

Nunnally was waived the day before his contract would have become guaranteed for the rest of the season. The Wolves now have 16 players on their roster. 

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Timberwolves Fire Tom Thibodeau

Jan 6, 2019 7:41 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau. Ryan Saunders has been promoted to interim coach. 

Thibodeau had a 97-107 record as coach of the Timberwolves, the second most wins in franchise history. 

Fred Hoiberg is rumored to be a strong candidate to replace Thibodeau as head coach or Scott Layden as general manager. Layden remains the Timberwolves GM for now. 

“These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward,” Taylor said in a statement issued by the team.

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Andrew Wiggins Gets Booed At Home, Criticizes Fans

Dec 29, 2018 2:58 AM

Andrew Wiggins was booed at home during the Minnesota Timberwolves' 123-120 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Wiggins missed a potentially game-tying free throw with 4.5 seconds left in overtime, sparking the crowd reaction. Shooting 75% from the free-throw line on the season, he was 5-12 from the charity stripe for the game.

Following the loss, Wiggins addressed the boos by saying "that’s fans for you. We’ve got some s---ty fans and we’ve got some good fans. That’s just how it works.”

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Jimmy Butler Says He Only Took One Shot During Infamous Timberwolves Practice
Butler said he dominated the scrimmage with assists, steals, and blocks.

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Jimmy Butler Calls Being With 76ers 'Night And Day' Difference
Jimmy Butler's contract situation and an indifference toward Minnesota's roster is what led to his trade request.

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Glen Taylor Still Has Faith In Tom Thibodeau
Glen Taylor felt Minnesota "wasted some time" trying to convince Jimmy Butler to reconsider.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hoping To Bring Fun Atmosphere Back To Wolves
With Jimmy Butler traded by the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to cracking jokes postgame.

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Fred Hoiberg, Ryan Saunders Could Be Targets For Wolves If Tom Thibodeau Isn't Retained
Glen Taylor is known to be very fond of Fred Hoiberg as a potential coaching candidate.

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Glen Taylor Considered Firing Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden During Offseason
Glen Taylor continues to consider the possibility of replacing both Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden.

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Heat Never Returned To Jimmy Butler-Josh Richardson Trade Talks
Josh Richardson has had an excellent start to the 18-19 season.

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Pelicans Held Extensive Trade Talks With Wolves For Jimmy Butler
the Pelicans refused to include Jrue Holiday or any draft picks in their offer.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: I Think Jimmy Butler Will Be Missed
Karl-Anthony Towns spent most of the past two months downplaying any friction with Jimmy Butler.

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76ers Acquire Jimmy Butler From Wolves For Robert Covington, Dario Saric
Jimmy Butler plans on re-signing with the 76ers in the offseason.

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Jimmy Butler, Wolves Jointly Agreed To Rest Plan
Both Jimmy Butler and the Wolves want to minimize his injury risk after it was promised they'd try to accommodate his trade request.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jimmy Butler Will Make Decision On Whether To Play In Back-To-Backs
Jimmy Butler sat out of Wednesday's game with general soreness.

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler
The Rockets, Heat and 76ers have interest in Jimmy Butler.

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Wolves Decline 19-20 Option On Justin Patton
Justin Patton has battled injuries throughout his time in the NBA.

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Jimmy Butler Ready To Miss Games To Help Expedite Trade
Jimmy Butler informed Tom Thibodeau of his decision.

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Rockets Offer Four First Round Picks To Wolves For Jimmy Butler
The Rockets would have a strong desire to re-sign Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

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Minnesota Fans Go From Booing Jimmy Butler To Chanting 'MVP'
Jimmy Butler had 33 points in the Wolves' win.

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Jimmy Butler: When I'm Playing In Games, Nothing Else Matters
The Wolves are expected to use the first few games of the regular season to allow the roster to mesh and for trade offers to materialize again.

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Pat Riley Tells Players Heat Will Keep Current Roster
The Heat have aggressively pursued a trade for Jimmy Butler, but talks are now dormant.

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Jimmy Butler: I Just Want To Hoop And Be Out There With My Soliders
Jimmy Butler has a standing trade request to leave the Wolves.

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