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MINNEAPOLIS -- Like so many Minnesota Timberwolves' contests last season, their route in this year's NBA Draft carries an aura of predictability.
The franchise's injury woes and shortcomings of 2012-13 rang as apparent as its needs entering Thursday's draft, where the Timberwolves have two picks in each round.
The difference: there's hope here, hope that was nowhere to be found with Kevin Love and several of his mates sidelined. Hope that a familiar face can lead a fresh regime to better personnel decisions than his predecessor. Hope that whatever name commissioner David Stern reads off after "with the ninth (probably) pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select" will make a bigger difference than so many squandered selections the past decade.
But the draft's as much of a game as the on-court clashes it's meant to populate, and a wide-open field this year only muddies the edges of what seems like a clear picture.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Thursday, a few hours before the NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves eclipsed the initial hurdle toward retaining the services of a key asset already in the fold.
The team announced in a press release it's extended the 6,046,500 qualifying offer on Nikola Pekovic's contract, officially making him a restricted free agent when July 1 roles around. That day...
Flip Saunders and the Minnesota Timberwolves seem to be enamored with NBA Draft prospect Victor Oladipo. The T’Wolves are offering former #2 overall pick Derrick Williams , the #9 and the 3 26 picks in this Draft, in order to move into position to grab Oladipo. I’m not sure if the T’Wolves package [...]
According to league sources, Wolves president of operations Flip Saunders has had a conversation with the Celtics about Garnett.
Who initiated the talks, in whom the Celtics might have an interest on the Wolves and whether Garnett would waive his no-trade clause to come to Minnesota are unknown.
One source characterized the talks as Saunders just doing his due diligence in the event...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko will wait until after Thursday night's NBA Draft to decide his future with the team, his agent said.
The 6-foot-9, 234-pound forward has until Saturday to exercise the 10.2 million player option on his contract for next season. Or, he can simply let the deadline pass and begin considering a future -- and likely the...
There was a lot of confusion when Trey Burke was selected No. 9 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Minnesota already has Ricky Rubio at point guard, so why would they also want Burke? It turns out they didn’t; they quickly traded Burke. Minnesota dealt Burke to the Utah Jazz [...]
According to Andy Katz of ESPN, the Cavaliers offered their No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft, third-year forward, Tristan Thompson and second-year guard, Dion Waiters, to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love, but Timberwolves general manager, Flip Saunders, turned down the deal.
But the Cavs are also exploring trading the top pick since they’re not in love with any one player...
Gorgui Dieng was selected as the 21st pick in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, but he won’t be heading to Salt Lake City anytime soon. As expected, the rights to Dieng have been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota has traded Trey Burke, who they drafted with the ninth overall pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the rights to Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz...
The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly turned down a loaded trade proposal from the Cleveland Cavaliers for All-Star big man Kevin Love.
According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, the trade offer was the following: forward Tristan Thompson, guard Dion Waiters and the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft. Per Katz, new Minnesota team president Flip Saunders won’t move Love and thus rejected the offer...
NC State junior point guard Lorenzo Brown has been selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Brown was picked No. 52 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Finally, Gordon Malone was exhibiting what resembled shades of his West Virginia self.
In 2008, Malone scored more than 35 points in back-to-back games, brushing past helpless defenders and making good use of his 6-foot-11 frame like he did so often in the old Big East.
But this was in a summer, pseudo-street ball league in New York dubbed Pro City, nowhere near the...