Found August 14, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Given that professional basketball players spend most of their careers singing odes to the prospect of winning championships moving on from an NBA title contender to a youthful team trying to establish itself looks on the face of it like a tough shift. But new Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin sat at the podium at Target Center on Monday introduced in person to the Twin Cities media for the first time since signing in July and repeatedly declared his optimism for the move his new home and the prospects of a team that has built an intriguing core. “I don’t think our goal is just to make the playoffs — that would be a mistake to sit up here and say that’s our ceiling or things like that” Martin said. “This team is built to do more than that. … The foundation has been laid so now it’s our job to work hard every day and establish a family atmosphere in that locker room. … This was a very easy decision for me to come up here to Minnesota.” No doubt the four-year $28 million con...

Minnesota Timberwolves: Timberwolves Making Smart Move With Shabazz Muhammad

Minnesota Timberwolves: Timberwolves Making Smart Move With Shabazz Muhammad By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. The Minnesota Timberwolves made a smart choice drafting small forward, Shabazz Muhammad with the 14th overall pick in the draft. He was considered a possible number one overall pick when the college season began, but his selfish play, attitude and character...

Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Pekovic Signing Grade

Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Pekovic Signing Grade By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/HoopStuff…. Contract: 5 years, 60 million - The Timberwolves just signed one of the best centers in the NBA, who is only 27 and just averaged, 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 rebounds per game, which was 6th in the league, to an incredible contract averaging  just 12 million per year...

Timberwolves take to road to spead new-look message

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Swarmed on all sides by a group of cacophonous youngsters, Chase Budinger is in a peaceful place. The deafening screams of excitable, youthful Timberwolves fans, though stringent on the eardrums, are welcome compared to the jaws of scrutiny that often accompany the club the small forward re-signed with this offseason. The unrest spiked again last winter while...

T’Wolves & Nikola Pekovic Agree To Five Year $60 Million Deal

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic didn’t get the $15 million per season he was seeking, but the bruising double double machine did just get paid. Marc Stein is reporting that Pekovic and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a five-year $60 million deal. This just in: I'm told Nikola Pekovic and Wolves have agreed to five-year deal worth $60 million — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine...

Wolves agree to deal with Nikola Pekovic for reported five years

MINNEAPOLIS -- Turns out the waiting game paid off for Nikola Pekovic. Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tweeted Wednesday the team has agreed to terms with the restricted free-agent center, following about six weeks of back-and-forth with the Montenegrin center and his camp. Multiple media outlets report the deal is worth 60 million over a maximum five...

Saunders: Pekovic Signing Leaves Future Cap Room For Love, Rubio

Flip Saunders made clear the signing of Nikola Pekovic will not prevent the Minnesota Timberwolves from extending Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. "This signing of Pek will in no way hinder anything having to do with Rick down the road or with Kevin," Saunders said. "We've got three cornerstones in the franchise that all complement each other, which is very important...

Ricky Rubio drains half-court shot during Spain national team practice

In case you were wondering what Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio was doing during his summer break, he is practicing with Spain’s national team. During one of those practices, Ricky decided to hoist up a half-court shot that found the bottom of the net: *** Ricky Rubio working on his shot [Reddit NBA]

Flip Saunders Claims Pekovic’s Deal Doesn’t Impact Rubio,Love

  Wolves center Nikola Pekovic received a big payday last week. His deal is worth $60 million over the next five years, which raised some eyebrows. Pekovic is a very good player, but Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love will become free-agents over the next two seasons respectively. The question Minnesota has to answer is will they be able to keep Rubio and Love both happy in Minnesota? Saunders...

Nikola Pekovic agrees to contract extension with Timberwolves

Tweet Wednesday, restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a five-year, $60 million contract extension, per a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein. Stein also reports that Pekovic’s contract has no player or team option and includes an additional $8 million in performance incentives. The Timberwolves offered Pekovic a four-year […]

T-Wolves, Pekovic agree to 5-year, $60M deal

The Wolves today finally reached agreement with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic on a new contract. It is according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations a five-year $60 million contract that also includes as much as $8 million more in bonus incentives. The Wolves got Pekovic at their price -- no more than $12 million a year -- but gave a fifth guaranteed year...

T’Wolves GM Says D-League Wouldn’t Be Punishment For Shabazz Muhammad

Flip Saunders wants people to know he’s not sending out empty threats.  Actually Saunders isn’t threatening anyone at all. After being sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders made it clear that Shabazz Muhammad might have to do a stint in the D-League if he doesn’t shape up. Saunders clarified his remarks via The Star Tribune...
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