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Wolves Sign Amile Jefferson To Two-Way Contract

Jan 15, 2018 6:15 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has signed forward Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract.

Jefferson, 24, has played in 22 games this season for the Iowa Wolves, the Timberwolves’ NBA G League affiliate, averaging 18.0 points and a league-best 13.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 64.0% from the field. Jefferson, 6-9, has 16 double-doubles on the season, including one in each of his last seven games dating back to Dec. 29. The Duke graduate was recently named to the NBA G League Showcase First Team, averaging 22.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 65.0% from the field over two contests. Jefferson’s best games include a 28-point, 21-rebound performance Jan. 6 at Texas and 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists Jan. 10 at Canton (G League Showcase).

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Karl-Anthony Towns: I Wanted To Be Able To Play Like Magic Johnson

Jan 8, 2018 9:44 AM

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.

“When I was growing up everyone told me how they thought I should play the game of basketball, which was never the way I wanted to play it,” Towns said. “I played the game the way I wanted. Back to the basket, the traditional big man, I didn’t want to be that. I wanted to be able to play like Magic Johnson, who was 6-9, ran the court and shot like a point guard.”

With the Lakers drafting No. 2 behind Minnesota, John Calipari suggested he might be better off going to Los Angeles.

“You know what he said?” Calipari said. “He said, ‘I don’t care about L.A. I want to be the No. 1 pick. I’ll wear a coat. I’m good.’ That’s who he is.”

Towns has big goals both on and off the court.

“I want to win rings, I want to win multiple rings,” he said. “I want to do all these things, but I want to be able to say I used my platform and this game of basketball to help others and make their lives better. I want to be able to say I’ve done more off the court than I’ve done on the court, and if I’m able to do that when my career is over and I can look back with my kids someday, I’ll definitely say I’m proud of myself and proud of the way I left the game.”

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

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Jeff Teague Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Dec 28, 2017 6:24 PM

Jeff Teague suffered a Grade 1 MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) sprain in his left knee. Teague will be sidelined indefinitely. 

The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night's 128-125 overtime win over Denver.

In 31 games this season, Teague has posted averages of 13.4 points and 7.3 assists while shooting 44.7% from the floor including 37.5% from long distance.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wolves are optimistic Teague could return within two to four weeks.

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Jeff Teague To Undergo MRI On Injured Left Knee

Dec 28, 2017 8:58 AM

Jeff Teague will undergo an MRI on his left knee.

Teague was injured when Gary Harris rolled over Teague's planted left leg in a scrum for the ball.

Tyus Jones will fill in for Teague if he's out for any extended time.

"As always, it's whatever the team needs me to do,'' Jones said Wednesday night. "I'm hoping Jeff is all right. You never want to see anyone go out with an injury. But it's the next man up. I'm ready to help this team in any way.''

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Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs Leaving Minnesota's Arena

Dec 19, 2017 2:29 PM

A pair of fans shouted anti-gay slurs at Damian Lillard while walking to the Blazers' bus leaving Minnesota's Target Center.

"I don't bother nobody," Lillard told ESPN. "They were straight disrespectful."

Cellphone video captured an irritated Lillard approaching the hecklers, asking, "Which one of you all said that?"

A woman in the area pointed out one of the individuals, and that person apologized.

Sources at the scene say no action was taken against the fans.

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Jimmy Butler: KAT, Wiggins Can Be As Great As They Want On Both Ends Of Floor

Dec 19, 2017 12:34 PM

Jimmy Butler spoke about Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins following Minnesota's narrow win on Monday over the Blazers.

"They can be as great as they want to be on both ends of the floor if they buy into it," said Butler. "But they gotta play hard. You can't take too many possessions off in this league. They got so many talented guys on the other team. But I think night-in and night-out you want to show that you're the best. You gotta go up against the best. I think in order to say that you're the best, you gotta whoop their ass every night."

Butler is in his first season with the Wolves and has been trying to bring a higher level of intensity to their defense. Towns and Wiggins have the physical tools to be good defensive players but have been inconsistent. 

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

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Kevin Garnett Still Holds Grudge Against Glen Taylor

Dec 15, 2017 11:57 AM

Even though Kevin Garnett finished his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he and Glen Taylor parted on bad terms.

Garnett had interest in joining the Wolves in an ownership capacity but that deal fell through. Garnett feels promises were broken by Taylor.

“I don’t want to be partners with Glen [Taylor], and I wouldn’t want to be partners with Glen in Minnesota,” Garnett told Awful Announcing recently. “I would love to be part of a group that buys him out and kind of removes him and go forward.”

Garnett is currently consulting with a few teams and also featuring on TNT.

"You know what? I’m more with individuals versus the teams," said Garnett to Vice Sports. "I’ve gotta admit that. I’ve gotta say that Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jokic, Porzingis, Damian Lillard, Curry, Durant, I’m enjoying the young bucks, watching young Ingram get better and watching little L. Ball figure it out, you know what I’m saying? I’m checking it all out. I like individuals, not so much on the organizations. Obviously I’m gonna be with Minnesota and the players. Not so much upstairs. I don’t really deal with Minnesota’s upstairs. They suck. But Boston, all day. You know I’m a C ‘till I die. I always root for Brooklyn. But other than that I don’t really get into too many of the upstairs. I’m more watching the guys and watching their progression.

"But I love the competition. I love how the big is coming back. For a while the point guard position had it dominated for like four, five years. Now we have some promising bigs come into the game, starting to change the game a little bit."

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Hornets Attempted To Acquire Jimmy Butler From Bulls

Dec 15, 2017 10:25 AM

The Charlotte Hornets attempted to engage the Chicago Bulls last spring on a trade for Jimmy Butler.

Sources say the Bulls had no interest in anything the Hornets could offer for Butler.

Chicago ultimately traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a pick swap that led to Lauri Markkanen. 

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Shabazz Muhammad Expected $20M Per Season In Free Agency

Dec 14, 2017 12:03 PM

Shabazz Muhammad turned down a four-year, $40 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves before the 16-17 season, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

According to sources, Muhammad saw the spending of the 2016 offseason with the cap increasing and believed he would earn as much as $20 million per season as a free agent.

Muhammad's market was far softer than he expected and he was forced to choose between one-year offers between Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers. Muhammad re-signed with the Wolves for $1.58 million with a player option in Year 2.

Muhammad was previously represented by Rob Pelinka and now his agent is Rich Paul.

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Raptors, Wizards, Wolves, Bucks Interested In Trading For DeAndre Jordan

Dec 1, 2017 6:05 PM

The Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly shown the most interest in trading for DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers have interest in John Henson, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton in their trade talks with the Bucks. The Clippers want at least two of those three Bucks in any trade for Jordan.

Jordan will be a free agent in the offseason and is currently operating without an agent. The Clippers are widely expected to fall out of playoff contention following the injury to Blake Griffin. 

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DeMar DeRozan, Karl-Anthony Towns Named NBA's Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot .573 from the field during four games.

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Karl-Anthony Towns In Favor Of NBA Allowing Medicinal Marijuana
Karl-Anthony Towns was recently asked what he would do if he were commissioner of the league.

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Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler Had Several Heated Arguments In 15-16
Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler were initially very close friends as Chicago Bulls' teammates, but it became tumultuous during the 15-16 season.

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Bulls' Front Office Was Irked By Lack Of Credit During Thibodeau Era
John Paxson and Gar Forman wanted more input, such as how many minutes star players were given.

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Wolves Exercise 18-19 Options On Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones
Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones were members of the 2015 draft class.

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Wolves Waive Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble, Shawne Williams
Amile Jefferson and Melo Trimble each appeared in just one preseason game.

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Andrew Wiggins Agrees Upon Five-Year, $146.5M Extension With Wolves
Andrew Wiggins' contract does not contain a player option.

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Wolves Shopped Cole Aldrich In Trade Talks
The Wolves shopped Cole Aldrich and a second round in trade talks in search of veteran help.

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NBA GMs Choose Towns, Giannis As Players They'd Choose To Build Around
Karl-Anthony Towns received 29 percent of the vote this season compared to 48 percent in 2016.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Andrew Wiggins Not Rushing To Sign Five-Year, $148M Extension With Wolves
Andrew Wiggins is currently operating without an agent.

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Wolves Sign Aaron Brooks
Aaron Brooks appeared in 65 games last season with Indiana averaging 5.0 points and 1.9 assists in 13.8 minutes.

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Andrew Wiggins, Wolves Nearing Five-Year, $148M Max Contract
Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves have seemingly been on the verge of an extension for several weeks.

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Dante Cunningham, Pelicans Agree Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal
Dante Cunningham also considered signing with the Wolves.

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Andrew Wiggins, Wolves Expected To Finalize $148M Extension Before Camp
Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves have been close to agreement on a five-year, $148 million extension for several weeks.

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Wolves Sign Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble
Amile Jefferson played with the Timberwolves in the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 2.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 11.0 minutes in five games.

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Jason Terry Agrees To Re-Sign With Bucks On One-Year, $2.3M Deal
Jason Terry gave the Bucks a veteran bench option in the backcourt last season.

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Shabazz Muhammad To Re-Sign With Wolves For $1.6M
Shabazz Muhammad became an unrestricted free agent this offseason but still returned to the Wolves.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Bucks, Wolves Interested In Jason Terry
Jason Terry is in Minneapolis meeting with the Wolves this week.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of Locked on NBA and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

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