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Sam Cassell Injured Hip In 2004 Playoffs Doing Big Balls Dance

The Minnesota Timberwolves' best chance of reaching the Finals with Kevin Garnett came in 2004, but Sam Cassell injured his hip before the start of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers defeated the Wolves and played the Detroit Pistons in the Finals. "All the time," said Flip Saunders about Cassell's injury. "It was his hip. He made a shot out...
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Garnett Will Start For Wolves At Power Forward

Kevin Garnett will start at power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves to begin the 15-16 season. "He’s gonna start," said Flip Saunders. "That’s who he is. KG is a starter. He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it." The Wolves also have Karl...
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders Hadn't Given Up On Re-Signing Love Before Wiggins' Trade

Flip Saunders was entirely prepared to keep Kevin Love as he entered free agency in 2015 until the Cleveland Cavaliers approached the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Andrew Wiggins' trade. "I didn’t have a problem keeping Kevin into the final year of his deal and coaching him," said Saunders. "Guys just don’t turn down the extra year and $30 million. Even though he maybe wanted...
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves reach agreement with Andre Miller

The Minnesota Timberwolves and free agent point guard Andre Miller have agreed to terms on a deal. Free agent Andre Miller has reached agreement on a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 29, 2015 Miller was in Minnesota today meeting with President of Basketball Operations and head coach Flip Saunders today...
Via Hoops-Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Danger of Potential

First thing’s first. Rejoice! This is a incredible time in Timberwolves history. For the first time, the Twolves received the #1 pick in the draft. And, for one of the few times in the last decade, they actually used it to take a player that most everyone considers to be not only solid, but rock solid. AND they somehow currently have the last three #1 overall selections...
Via TWolves Blog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves introduce European star Bjelica

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Five years after Nemanja Bjelica's rights were acquired by Minnesota, the Timberwolves have finally added him to the roster. The wait was worth it for this 27-year-old rookie-to-be. In his mind, Bjelica believed he was ready for the NBA right away. Now that he's arriving with more experience and a Euroleague MVP award, well, he ought to be all the better for it...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves, Saunders introduce eager-to-learn European star Bjelica

MINNEAPOLIS -- Five years after he was acquired, the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally added Nemanja Bjelica (Nay-MAHN-yah Bee-EHL-eat-zah) to their roster. Bjelica was introduced at a news conference Wednesday. At one point, Bjelica said he needs to "learn many things here." President and coach Flip Saunders turned to the 6-foot-10 Bjelica at the podium and responded while patting...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves, Saunders introduce eager-to-learn European star Bjelica

MINNEAPOLIS -- Five years after he was acquired, the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally added Nemanja Bjelica (Nay-MAHN-yah Bee-EHL-eat-zah) to their roster. Bjelica was introduced at a news conference Wednesday. At one point, Bjelica said he needs to "learn many things here." President and coach Flip Saunders turned to the 6-foot-10 Bjelica at the podium and responded while patting...
Via Fox Sports North
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett Contract Grade

Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America By Ciaran Mills: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… Contract: 2 years, $16 milion In one of the most headline worthy stories of the 2014-15 season, Kevin Garnett went back to the team that drafted him in a trade deal that saw Thaddeus Young go the other way. The Minnesota Timberwolves were beside themselves to have Garnett back, the greatest...
Via HoopStuff
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves' Saunders: Garnett can still make 'huge impact'

The last time Flip Saunders saw Kevin Garnett this amped up in the summer, it was more than a decade ago, when "The Big Ticket" was leading the Timberwolves to the playoffs on a regular basis. That's one reason why Saunders is so thrilled to be reunited with Garnett for the 2015-16 NBA campaign. "He's been working out this whole summer. (And) when KG puts his mind to something, he...
Via Fox Sports North
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves coach Saunders says he plans to start Garnett next season

  Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders says he plans to start Kevin Garnett next season and believes he can still make a significant impact at age 39. Garnett signed his two-year, $16 million contract on Friday. Saunders says he expects the franchise icon to not only be a leader in practice and off the court, but also to play well when he's on it. Saunders says...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Garnett signs contract with Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders says he plans to start Kevin Garnett next season and believes he can still make a significant impact at age 39. Garnett signed his two-year, $16 million contract on Friday. Saunders says he expects the franchise icon to not only be a leader in practice and off the court, but also to play well when he's on...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Timberwolves aren't interested in signing any more free agents

The Minnesota Timberwolves altered the course of their franchise this offseason, grabbing Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, re-signing Kevin Garnett to a two-year contract and, for good measure, adding the Euroleague MVP, Nemanja Bjelica. Right now, they don't have much cap room to spend, but can still clear some if they want. Nikola Pekovic and Anthony...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wolves and Tyus Jones agree to deal

Tyus Jones and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a deal, reports Darren Wolfson. The deal has been done for days and Jones will take the court tomorrow for the Wolves’ summer league practice.  Jones was selected 24 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers and was then traded to his hometown team. Jones is from Apple Valley, MN and grew up as a Timberwolves fan.  Draft reports...
Via Hoops-Nation
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Adding Nemanja Bjelica up next for Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be poised to add another top-10 2015 draft pick to the fold. At least, head coach and president of operations Flip Saunders believes Nemanja Bjelica would have been one of the top selections in this year's draft had he been available. Instead, Minnesota acquired the rights to Bjelica in a 2010 draft-day trade and have watched as his game has blossomed...
Via Fox Sports North
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Ervin: Pieces are now in place for Timberwolves to become something special

MINNEAPOLIS -- Local television reporter, reiterating a quip he heard floating around sometime on draft night as downtown Minneapolis hummed with newfound, basketball-related enthusiasm: "The Timberwolves walk into a bar. Only two of them can order a drink." Wolves No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns, quickly turning the smattering of press-conference giggles into a collective...
Via Fox Sports North
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

The following infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Minnesota Timberwolves The Wolves were the worst team in the NBA on defense and weren't much better on offense. Flip Saunders...
Via RealGM - NBA
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA draft rumors: ‘Wolves seeking another first-round pick?

Though the Minnesota Timberwolves own the first overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft, the team may not be done right then and there. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, GM Flip Saunders may be looking to acquire another first round pick. I'm not sure if this is out there, but I'm hearing that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to acquire an additional first-round...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Saunders, Timberwolves ready to shine on NBA draft night

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have spent the last 11 years hidden in the NBA shadows. Now the organization is preparing for a rare moment in the sun. The Timberwolves have the first pick in the draft on Thursday night for the first time in the franchise's hard-luck history. Team president and coach Flip Saunders says it should be ''the best draft day this organization...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves

If the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided upon Karl-Anthony Towns as their selection with the first overall pick, they haven't informed him of it yet. "If I had a promise I would go start eating ice cream and getting fat," Towns joked to The Associated Press on Monday evening. "There is absolutely no promise at all. Right now I'm just trying to see where I'll be playing. I have...
Via RealGM
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Timberwolves tell Towns they're drafting him

The NBA draft is on Thursday, and the Minnesota Timberwolves can take any player they want. Over the past few weeks there's been much speculation as to who Flip Saunders will choose, but it appears he's made up his mind. Here's SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria with more on which prospect is set to become the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft:"The Minnesota Timberwolves have informed...
Via Fox Sports
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolves Expected To Eventually Decide Upon Towns Over Okafor

Flip Saunders traveled to Thousand Oaks, California last week to watch a workout for Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite being a supporter of Jahlil Okafor all season, sources assured Chad Ford that Saunders will ultimately decide to select Towns. Okafor remains in the picture and was in Minnesota this week. The Wolves have also tried to get D'Angelo Russell in for a workout, as well as...
Via RealGM
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers Draft Rumors: Team “Locked In” On Jahlil Okafor?

With around two weeks to go until the NBA Draft, it’s still unclear just what the Minnesota Timberwolves will do with their number one overall pick. Flip Saunders has been rumored to be in love with Jahlil Okafor, though the general consensus at this point is that Karl-Anthony Towns is the better all-around prospect. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix...
Via Lakerholicz.com
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wizards Strongly Considered Drafting Klay Thompson Instead Of Vesely

The Washington Wizards considered picking Klay Thompson in the 2011 NBA Draft at No. 6 instead of Jan Vesely. Thompson blew Flip Saunders away at a pre-draft camp, but Vesely was considered a safer pick and was ranked higher on most boards. Vesely is no longer in the NBA. “We toyed with it,” Saunders said. “But heaven forbid you go out of the box and pick someone you’re higher...
Via RealGM
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders is 'assuming' Kevin Garnett will not retire

Kevin Garnett is 39 years old and clearly nearing the end of his amazing career. But the Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping (and thinking) it's not over quite yet. Here's what team president and head coach Flip Saunders recently told Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix about his veteran big man:“I’ll say this: when we traded for [Garnett], I traded for him with the idea that...
Via Fox Sports
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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