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LAS VEGAS -- Climb up through the lower bowl of the Thomas & Mack Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and every audible conversation is about one 20-year-old rookie in electric yellow shoes.
"He played at UCLA."
"... the one who lied about his age."
"... in high school here in Vegas."
"How do you pronounce it? Shabaaazz? Shabaaahhhzz?"
You know whom they're talking about, even without that pronunciation debate. You know it's Shabazz Muhammad, the Timberwolves' pick in the 2013 draft. He's a local attraction after attending high school at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, and this is where the hype machine began. This is where the construct that is Muhammad the NBA star was born.
Since he was drafted 14th overall on June 27, Muhammad's message has been that he's going to prove the doubters wrong. His year of college failed to live up to the hype of his high school lore, and add in that trumped up age he was list...
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday night they've finalized contracts with first-round draft picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.
Both rookies, who made their debuts in the Timberwolves' NBA Summer League-opening loss Saturday, ended up in Minneapolis via a draft-and-trade deal with Utah. The Jazz selected Muhammad 14th overall and Dieng 21st...
Andrei Kirilenko's wife Masha Lapatova reportedly said he is allowed to have sex with another woman once a year.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An overspent, frustrated Corey Brewer left the Twin Cities two and a half years ago.
According to the Timberwolves' newest swingman, it's a smarter, more prudent Brewer that'll return this season.
"I've learned what I can do and can't do," said Brewer, who signed Friday with the team that originally drafted him.
What the 6-foot-9, 185...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Brewer's return to what he calls his second home is now a done deal.
The free-agent small forward signed Friday afternoon with the Timberwolves, president of basketball operations Flip Saunders confirmed in a press conference at the Target Center. The three-team sign and trade that brings in Kevin Martin from Oklahoma City and sends Luke Ridnour to Milwaukeeallowed...
MINNNEAPOLIS -- It's merely a formality, but Chase Budinger surely can rest a bit easier tonight.
After celebrating his agreement to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves back on July 2, the unrestricted free-agent small forward made it official Friday. The team announced it's signed him to an undisclosed salary, though media reports say he'll make 16 million over three...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The sharp and savvy swing man, returning to a Target Center near you.
He hates being late. He keeps that California sun-bleached hair tidy. He speaks well, shoots well, and is coming back as part of the Timberwolves' revamped roster.
It wasn't a given that Chase Budinger would emerge from unrestricted free agency without requiring a new-home search somewhere...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Welcome back to the start.
When the Target Center emptied for a final time during the 2012-13 season April 17, the needs for the team sauntering off the floor were readily apparent.
Get healthy. Get bigger. Get deeper. Get shooting. Get defense.
Get better. Much, much better.
Since then, a front-office regime change has brought an aggressive roster-building approach...
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the rare NBA diehard in Minneapolis who considers three weeks without pro hoops a purgatorial layoff, it's a midsummer oasis in Vegas.
For the more casual observer, it's a first glimpse into top draft picks' outlook at the next level.
For 13 men who, for at least the next 10 days, will wear matching Minnesota uniforms, it's a proving ground.
The D-League Select defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 83-81 in Summer League play on Saturday.
Stefhon Hannah led the D-League with 23 points.
Shabazz Muhammad scored seven points on 3-for-7 shooting.
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters Friday that assistant Bill Bayno has agreed to join the Toronto Raptors staff.
Bayno, 51, had worked under Rick Adelman since the Timberwolves' head coach was hired in 2011. Bayno now joins Dwane Casey's staff in Canada, where he's expected to concentrate primarily on defense.