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Ronny Turiaf has traded elbows with Nikola Pekovic in the post and chased Ricky Rubio around the court in international competition long enough.
The eight-year veteran said he's happy to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he will serve as a mentor and an extra big man off the bench to help prepare the younger players for what everyone expects will be a run at the franchise's first playoff berth since 2004.
''It's a great thing for me to fit in. I'm tired of playing against Ricky in Spain. It's good to be on his good side,'' Turiaf said on Wednesday, drawing chuckles from the crowd. ''I'm actually really being serious about it.''
Turiaf has averaged 4.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in his career and played just over 10 minutes per game last season for the Clippers. But when Flip Saunders went looking for a veteran big man to beef up the team's bench, he immediately thought of Turiaf. Saunders coached Turiaf in ...
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The biggest kid in the gym.
A sparkplug. A locker room guy. A leader. An upstanding citizen.
They're all titles that Ronny Turiaf has earned during his eight-year NBA adventure, and rightfully so. Few professional athletes are handed multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts to fulfill such capacities.
"You just can't find guys like that," Timberwolves...
MINNEAPOLIS -- It'd register as a shock if the Timberwolves don't pick up the team option on Derrick Williams' contract for 2014-15.
Minnesota's front office has until Oct. 31 to make a decision.
"We'll see how camp is, but I've said all along, I've always been a big fan of his," president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters...
Minnesota Timberwolves: Timberwolves’ Free Agency Grades
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Signed Kevin Martin (4 years, 28 million)
Sign and Traded Luke Ridnour For Corey Brewer (3 years, 14 million)
Resigned Nikola Pekovic (5 years, 60 million)
Resigned Chase Budinger (3 years, 16 million)
- The best and the most important move this team made this summer...
Hampered by an ACL injury that cut into his second NBA season, Ricky Rubio watched in envy last summer as Spain took the United States to the brink of a gold-medal upset in the London Olympics.
Monday, he spent good chunks of time sitting and observing his national team, too, even though nothing was reportedly wrong with him.
As Rubio's production at Eurobasket 2013 has slipped...
In less than six weeks, former Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will make his NBA debut. Since being drafted in June, Dieng participated in the NBA Summer League with his new team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and has been living in Minneapolis for the past month.
The T-Wolves started pre-training camp practice this week and Dieng appears to be fitting in nicely with his new team.
This is the ninth in a 17-part series profiling each player on the Timberwolves' roster leading up to training camp.
There are certainly less enviable scenarios a veteran NBA point guard could find himself in.
J.J. Barea enters the eighth year of his career as the favorite to back up Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio. The 6-foot, 175-pound Puerto Rican is due a nice chunk of change...
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At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor appeared to be pretty confident that Rick Adelman was going to return as the team’s head coach in the 2013-14 season despite problems with his wife’s health. Taylor’s confidence has now been backed up by Adelman himself, who has told Taylor that he will return as the head coach...
Kevin Martin led the NBA last season with an effective field goal percentage of .793 on shots taken in the fourth quarter or overtime with a scoring margin of three or fewer points.
Much of that is attributed to the fact Martin received a high amount of wide open shots playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
In the last five minutes of a game within five points, the...
The Minnesota Timberwolves are discussing bringing A.J. Price into training camp, according to a source.
Price played for the Washington Wizards last season and received significant minutes in stretches when John Wall was sidelined.
Price is represented by Jeff Schwartz, who has had extensive dialogue with Flip Saunders in the offseason.