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Free-agent guard Williams lands one-year deal with Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves' 2014-15 guard rotation -- and the franchise's future as a whole -- continued to take shape Monday with the free-agent landing of veteran Mo Williams. The team reached an agreement with the 11-year combo guard, an unrestricted free agent who spent last season in Portland and joins his fifth team in the past five seasons. According to agent...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brewer, Turiaf to join Wolves' fan-friendly 2014 Summer Caravan

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves' annual offseason fan-outreach sojourn, despite a topsy-turvy offseason for the franchise, is sure to elicit some laughter. Perhaps the club's two most boisterous personalities, Corey Brewer and Ronny Turiaf, will be on hand for Minnesota's 2014 Summer Caravan, the team announced Monday. This year's caravan will make stops Wednesday...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saunders Increasingly Interested In Trading For Wiggins, Bennett

Flip Saunders is becoming increasingly interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and future first round picks for Kevin Love. Saunders was long believed to prefer a trade with the Golden State Warriors to acquire Klay Thompson for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he was never reportedly offered. Saunders is president of the Wolves and also...
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Love or Wiggins? For Cavs, answer not so simple

Some general thoughts on the Andrew Wiggins-Kevin Love talk, and what we (probably) know: 1. The Cavs and Timberwolves have taken part in discussions, and repeated discussions at that. And the Cavs would love to add Love to a roster that already features the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. 2. Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavs. That we know for sure, because...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Turner’s Reported Signing Would Further Crowd Celtics’ Roster

First, let’s state the obvious — or what should be the obvious. Signing Evan Turner would not help the Boston Celtics get Kevin Love, at least not directly. The head-scratching bombshell dropped Monday afternoon that Turner and the Celtics were finalizing a deal to bring the floundering free-agent swingman to Boston did a lot of things, but it didn’t make Flip Saunders start...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ervin: Time is on Wolves' side as potential Love trade looms

MINNEAPOLIS -- This will all be resolved eventually. When is anybody's guess. It could've been two months ago, had the price been right. It could be tomorrow, should financial and ROI details align somewhere between the Rust Belt and the Upper Midwest. It could be next spring, the most dubious of nightmares coming to fruition for an NBA franchise that has a hard time procuring...
Via Fox Sports North
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota's Janning would love to play in NBA, but likely bound for overseas

MINNEAPOLIS -- Few if any American basketball youngbloods grow up heaving shots at their backyard baskets with an Anadolu Efes jersey hanging from their shoulders. Matt Janning isn't living his dream. What's become an annual chase constantly proves unfruitful. But traveling the world and earning six figures to play the same game he and his boyhood mates did on Watertown,...
Via Fox Sports North
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite loss, Wolves show a lot of improvement in summer league

LAS VEGAS -- The NBA Summer League is the ideal place for young players to get adjusted to the speed of the NBA, to learn critical strategies and concepts their new teams and coaches espouse, and to try out new players and new roles that could help the team during the season. It's not necessarily about winning, but getting better as individual players and as a team. The Minnesota...
Via Fox Sports North
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Time to run: Wolves bringing back fast-break offense

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sidney Lowe slumped down in his chair after practice, an ice pack the size of a watermelon fastened to his right knee. It had been a perspiration-filled, physically demanding workout. But this wasn't a session with Bill Musselman during the 1989-90 preseason. This was Monday, July 7 at the Target Center. And Lowe was dressed in a coaching polo, not a practice jersey...
Via Fox Sports North
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Timberwolves Today

So, here we are Wolves fans. The draft is done, the Summer League’s in action, and the roster has 14 players on it. The off-season’s largest of dominoes have fallen. LeBron’s dramatic home coming, Melo and Bosh’s less dramatic decisions to remain where they were, and Pau Gasol joining the Bulls, put Kevin Love at the center of the league wide talk. Funny thing is, he’s...
Via TWolves Blog
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards hire Kevin Durant’s old high school assistant coach

Flip Saunders, when he was coaching the Wizards, hired his son Ryan Saunders to his coaching staff. When Randy Wittman replaced Flip, Ryan remained on Washington’s payroll – until Flip became the Timberwolves’ coach and hired his son in Minnesota. That left the Wizards with a vacancy. Adkins previously served as an assistant for the Maryland women’s basketball team ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't judge Wolves by win-loss record in summer league

For every conclusion, a question. For every dilemma, a reason for hope. It'd be easy -- and tempting -- to dismiss the Timberwolves' 0-for round-robin showing at the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. To be sure, increasingly futile efforts against Dallas, Washington and Chicago's summer clubs aren't marks of a well-groomed slew of youngsters far ahead of the NBA...
Via Fox Sports North
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Celtics Potentially Still In Hunt For Kevin Love As Trade Talks Re-Open

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are back at the negotiating table, which could be good news for the Boston Celtics. T’Wolves president Flip Saunders and Warriors general manager Bob Myers met at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas in an attempt to re-open trade talks for Kevin Love, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. While this means the Warriors are still...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics lingering as Warriors still refusing to give up Klay Thompson in Love deal

News broke yesterday that the Warriors and Wolves had resumed trade talks for Kevin Love. The story was obviously floated by Flip Saunders to remind Cleveland that there are other suitors. But it appears nothing has changed between the Ws and Wolves. The Warriors and Wolves have been talking for months trying to hamme out a deal to send the superstar rebounder and three-point shooter...
Via Red's Army
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wolves, Warriors, Re-Enter Kevin Love Trade Talks

The NBA Summer League is a chance for rookies and young players to show their new teams what they can do, but it’s also an opportunity for general managers and front office executives to meet face to face. In this case, Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach and general manager Flip Saunders and Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers got a chance to meet, and might have been...
Via Standing O Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Warriors and Wolves re-open discussions on Kevin Love trade, reports AP

Jon Krawczynskiof the Associated Press reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have restarted trade talks concerning Kevin Love. “Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors GM Bob Myers at the arena on Sunday as the two sides look to bridge the gaps that caused discussions to stall. The Warriors have been reluctant to include...
Via Waiting For Next Year
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders says he'll be more demanding on players he drafted

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shabazz Muhammad appeared in 37 NBA games during his rookie season, averaging a menial 7.8 minutes per contest. But when he was on the floor, the swingman from UCLA was productive -- albeit a good chunk of his game repetitions came during garbage time. Per 48 minutes, Muhammad averaged 23.7 points and 8.8 boards. His slashing, at-times frenzied style of play didn&...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

LaVine shows off athleticism right from the get-go

LAS VEGAS -- As the questions about Kevin Love's future with the Minnesota Timberwolves swirl, the team -- now fully under the command of second-year president and first-year head coach Flip Saunders -- is looking to strengthen its growing core of young talent in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Coming off of last Wednesday's scrimmage which drew 6,000 fans to Minnesota...
Via Fox Sports North
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves using summer league as pseudo training camp

MINNEAPOLIS -- Potential over prospects. Evaluation over supplementation. This time a year ago, Flip Saunders had a roster to fill out. Heading into the 2014 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, though, he's got one to develop. Four players under guaranteed contracts will suit up for the Timberwolves the next two weeks in the desert. A fifth will be with the team but isn't expected...
Via Fox Sports North
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves Wednesday: Fans energized at scrimmage

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a while since there was a standing ovation inside the Target Center as players in Timberwolves jerseys walked off the floor. But an opportunistic bunch of young reserves and fringe NBA hopefuls gave approximately 6,000 fans reason to stand, clap and cheer Wednesday night. The Wolves' high-tempo, dunk-infested, free-to-the-public Las Vegas Summer League...
Via Fox Sports North
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Coach Flip & General Ramblings

Well, this offseason has been an awful lot of … “exactly-what-we-expecteds”: 1. The Twolves didn’t manage to improve in their lottery luck. 2. Kevin Love has voiced his desire to no longer be a Timberwolf 3. Flip has hired himself. Now, I have to say, this makes some sense. While I’m not thrilled with this offseason’s developments, I think this brings me at least a little...
Via TWolves Blog
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Saunders happy to come home to Minnesota, help develop Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- From a young age, Ryan Saunders was an admitted eavesdropper. During his father's first tenure as the Timberwolves' head coach, Saunders used to loiter around the Target Center, gazing up at the faces of Ervin Johnson and Michael Olowokandi. He'd often hang out in the team's training room and soak in conversations between Kevin Garnett and Sam Mitchell...
Via Fox Sports North
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders brings son Ryan on as Wolves assistant coach

Another trusted member of head coach Flip Saunders' inner circle has joined the Timberwolves staff, and he's got a familiar name. Minnesota announced Tuesday that Ryan Saunders had been named an assistant coach, joining David Adelman, Sidney Lowe and Sam Mitchell on his father's bench. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ryan Saunders, 28, spent the last five seasons...
Via Fox Sports North
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders, Wolves taking 'wait and see' approach to free agency

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the clock strikes 11 on Monday night in Minnesota, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will officially begin determining the rest of the Timberwolves' offseason plans. No, naive pipe dreamers, neither NBA free-agent megastar is coming to the Twin Cities. But for a franchise with little to spend and a potentially departing star of its own to deal with, the top...
Via Fox Sports North
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves select UCLA guard Zach LaVine No. 13 overall

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second straight summer, Flip Saunders has drafted a project wing from UCLA. The Timberwolves took Bruins shooting guard Zach LaVine 13th overall in Thursday night's 2014 NBA Draft. Much like his selection of Shabazz Muhammad in last year's draft, coach and president of basketball operations Saunders went with a UCLA swingman with tremendous athleticism...
Via Fox Sports North
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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