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Karl-Anthony Towns In Favor Of NBA Allowing Medicinal Marijuana

Nov 15, 2017 9:42 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns has spoken out in favor of the NBA allowing the use of medicinal marijuana for players.

Towns was recently asked what he would do if he were commissioner of the league.

"I agree with David Stern with marijuana," Towns told ESPN. "You don't have to actually make it 'Mary J' [or] 'Half Baked.' You don't have to do it like that, but you could use the [chemical] properties in it to make a lot of people better.

"That's something that Adam Silver has to do, that's out of my control, but maybe legalizing marijuana. Not fully legal where people are chimneys but using [marijuana] as a beneficial factor as an athlete, as a person living daily."

David Stern made similar comments in recent weeks.

A nephew of Towns' girlfriend is autistic, and Towns has seen first-hand how some of the new treatments involving properties from marijuana have helped the young boy and his family deal with the condition.

"I've seen nothing but benefits for him," Towns said. "And I'm very happy that he finds comfort. He finds that normalcy every day. Just like a father, a mother, a parent with a child, you'd do anything for your child."

Steve Kerr revealed that he used marijuana twice to alleviate his chronic back pain.

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Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler Had Several Heated Arguments In 15-16

Oct 24, 2017 1:48 PM

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

According to multiple sources, Noah and Butler engaged in several heated disagreements throughout that season.

"What happened?" Butler says. "I don't know. All I can say is, obviously he's been with me since I was a nobody in this league. And I went about things a lot differently. My voice wasn't heard. And he's been with me as I came to be an All-Star as well in this league. And my voice was heard then. And when my voice is heard, I'm going to let it be heard."

"We're just different people," Noah says. "We were always very close; me and Jimmy were always very close, but things change."

"It was hard because we all came in together," Taj Gibson says. "We were the core, and it's rough when your core starts breaking up."

Noah left the Bulls to sign with the New York Knicks in 2016.

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Bulls' Front Office Was Irked By Lack Of Credit During Thibodeau Era

Oct 24, 2017 11:42 AM

The relationship between Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls' front office deteriorated over time. Thibodeau wanted to maintain the ability to run his program his way, while John Paxson and Gar Forman wanted more input, such as how many minutes star players were given.

Sources say Paxson and Forman were most irked by not receiving enough credit for how they assembled the roster for Thibodeau.

"There was definitely a disconnect between the coaches and management," Noah said recently. "It was a little bit of a mess. And to be a championship team, everybody has to be on the same page. It was definitely a missed opportunity."

There were also some players that expressed frustration of Thibodeau's authoritarian approach privately to Forman and Paxson.

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Wolves Exercise 18-19 Options On Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones

Oct 15, 2017 6:09 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised the fourth-year options on Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones.

Towns, 21, averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season, starting all 82 games for the second consecutive year. The 7-0 forward/center set a franchise single-season scoring record with 2061 points while recording 1007 rebounds, becoming the youngest player in NBA history (15th overall and first since Tim Duncan in 2001-02) to collect 2000+ points and 1000+ rebounds in a season. In 2016-17 he ranked 12th in the NBA in scoring, 6th in rebounding, 12th in field goal accuracy (54.2%) and 19th in blocked shots (1.26 bpg). The Wolves selected Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jones, 21, posted averages of 3.5 points and 2.6 assists in 12.9 minutes per contest in 60 games last season, his second in the NBA. The Wolves originally acquired the draft rights to the 6-2 guard from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 25, 2015.

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Wolves Waive Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble, Shawne Williams

Oct 14, 2017 1:15 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble and Shawne Williams.

Jefferson appeared in one preseason game for Minnesota totaling one rebound in four minutes of action. The Wolves originally signed Jefferson on September 18, 2017.

Trimble registered four points and one rebound in his lone appearance this preseason. Trimble was originally signed by the Wolves on September 18, 2017.

Williams was signed by Minnesota on October 13, 2017.

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Andrew Wiggins Agrees Upon Five-Year, $146.5M Extension With Wolves

Oct 11, 2017 4:17 PM

Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed upon a five-year max deal worth $146.5 million.

Wiggins' contract does not contain a player option.

Wiggins’ previous agent, Bill Duffy, negotiated a maximum contract with the Timberwolves this summer before the sides parted ways.

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Wolves Shopped Cole Aldrich In Trade Talks

Oct 9, 2017 9:31 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves shopped Cole Aldrich and a second round in trade talks in search of veteran help.

The Wolves have a surplus of bigs on their roster.

Aldrich signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Wolves in the 2016 offseason.

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NBA GMs Choose Towns, Giannis As Players They'd Choose To Build Around

Oct 4, 2017 10:11 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns was voted the player general managers would choose to build a franchise around if they were starting from scratch. Towns received 29 percent of the vote.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ranked second at 21 percent, followed by LeBron James at 18 percent, Kawhi Leonard at 14 percent and Kevin Durant at 11 percent.

Towns received 48 percent of the vote last season.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 25, 2017 11:50 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Suns (1:56), Kings (8:25), Lakers (13:12), Mavericks (20:45), Grizzlies (30:49), Pelicans (34:59), Jazz (44:12), Trail Blazers (51:10), Clippers (55:19), Nuggets (1:02:12), Timberwolves (1:06:27), Thunder (1:15:28), Spurs (1:18:39), Rockets (1:26:09), Warriors (1:31:30) and their best bets in both conferences.

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Andrew Wiggins Not Rushing To Sign Five-Year, $148M Extension With Wolves

Sep 23, 2017 2:26 PM

Andrew Wiggins continues to wait to finalize a five-year, $148 million contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"We've got until a day before the regular season," Wiggins said Friday. "So there's not really no rush or anything. I feel really good about it."

While some around the league have debated whether Wiggins is worth that level of investment, the Wolves have confidence in him.

"We all tend to measure him against a player who has been in the league seven or eight years and tend to forget the steps those players had to take to get where they are," Tom Thibodeau said. "He has to continue to work. Obviously, there is a lot of room for improvement. Same thing with Karl. The sky is the limit for them."

The process has been complicated by Wiggins' decision to part ways with Bill Duffy in August. Duffy is taking steps to ensure he receives a commission on the deal.

"Me and Bill, we were good. Nothing against him at all," Wiggins said. "It was more from a business point of view from my end. They did nothing but good by my side. I've got nothing but positive words for them. I'm just taking it day by day."

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.

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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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Jimmy Butler 'Couldn't Be Happier' With Trade To Wolves
Jimmy Butler is reuniting with Tom Thibodeau after two seasons playing for Fred Hoiberg.

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Shabazz Muhammad Receiving Interest From Lakers, Wolves, Pelicans
Shabazz Muhammad was previously represented by Lakers' general manager Rob Pelinka.

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Amile Jefferson Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Wolves
Amile Jefferson averaged 2.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game for the Wolves in Summer League.

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Boston Had Concerns About Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward Meshing
The Celtics considered trading for Jimmy Butler before the start of free agency.

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Pelicans, Wolves Attempting To Sign Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham joined the Pelicans in 2014.

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Andrew Wiggins Terminates Relationship With BDA Sports
Andrew Wiggins has filed papers with the NBPA to terminate his relationship with BDA Sports.

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Wolves Attempting To Re-Sign Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad's market in free agency has been more tepid than some expected.

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Marcus Georges-Hunt Agrees To Deal With Wolves
Marcus Georges-Hunt played five games for the Magic last season.

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Glen Taylor Wants To Meet With Andrew Wiggins Before Finalizing Extension
The Wolves are preparing a five-year, $150 million extension for Andrew Wiggins.

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Milt Newton To Join Bucks As Assistant GM
Milt Newton was general manager of the Wolves under Flip Saunders.

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Wolves Adding Players 'Who Ooze Greatness, Winning'
Karl-Anthony Towns expressed enthusiasm from the Wolves' moves this summer but he wouldn't say to which extent he was involved.

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