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Brewer adjusted well to being Wolves' point man

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's the end of a light, Saturday afternoon practice, but Corey Brewer is far from finished. Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders is in the veteran wing's ear. It's a simple enough drill; feign a pass against an imaginary defender and hit a life-size dummy with a crisp entry pass. But it's something Brewer hasn't had to worry about...
Via Fox Sports North
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

Corey Brewer has been placed back on the trading block by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers. Flip Saunders, after calling Brewer "too valuable to trade" on Nov. 20, publicly acknowledged last week that the Wolves' many injuries...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wolves are running, but Saunders wants to run even more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Going into Friday's game at Boston, the Timberwolves rank third in the NBA with 16.1 fast-break points per game. A team composed to run the floor has done so, even in the wake of injuries that have helped push it toward the bottom of the Western Conference standings. But frequently scoring in transition just isn't good enough, coach and president of basketball operations...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

John Wall Goes Off Against Timberwolves

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall filled up the stat sheet against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves with his old coach Flip Saunders on the opposing side. Posting a healthy 21 points, 17 assists and four rebounds. “He was a kid when I had him, a baby,” Saunders said. “He’s turned into a man now. When I had him earlier he thought he had to prove he can shoot. He...
Via Hooped Up
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders on John Wall: He Was a Baby When I Had Him, Now He Is a Man

Seems like eons ago when Flip Saunders was the head coach of the Washington Wizards. Lost in the shuffle is he was John Wall‘s first pro coach. That Wizards’ group was nothing close to what they are today. They were the laughable losers. They were green, young… very young. Saunders struggled to get the young group focused on winning. Ultimately Saunders was fired during the...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Road Reaction: Wizards 109, Timberwolves 95

On a day when they learned they'll be without at least one key rotation player for the remainder of the season, a slow start and an equally inept finish doomed the Timberwolves on Tuesday in their 10th loss in their past 11 outings. Minnesota (5-19) fell behind by as many as 14 in the first half but had its deficit down to three late in the third quarter. But Washington (18-6) continued...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

No substitute for game action when it comes to young Wolves' development

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant remembers the youthful inefficacy. "I remember being Andrew Wiggins," the Lakers superstar said of the Timberwolves' 19-year-old prodigy shortly after surpassing Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list Sunday night. "I remember playing against Michael my first year. To be here tonight and play against (Wiggins), seeing the baby face and the footwork...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Generation Kobe: Timberwolves youngsters grew up idolizing Bryant

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders' closest encounter with the Kobe Bryant mystique occurred inside the transcendent guard's home arena at halftime of the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. The Timberwolves' coach and president, then in his first stint on the Minnesota bench, had just watched the starting Western Conference shooting guard pick up Vince Carter defensively from baseline to baseline...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

LaVine attempting to model game after Westbrook's

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the main tasks among Timberwolves assistant Ryan Saunders' manifold duties is putting the rookies through tedious, exhaustive film study sessions. The son of coach and president Flip Saunders and point guard Zach LaVine spend plenty of time glued to the same screen. Ryan Saunders points out the 19-year-old's mistakes, tendencies and points of strength upon which...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rebuilding process tougher on Wolves veterans

MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Brewer's first foray here, the Timberwolves went 61-185 in his three full seasons, including a franchise-worst-tying 15 wins in 2009-10. At 5-16 this year, Minnesota is on pace for a similar finish in the small forward's eighth NBA season. "It's tough for me. I'm not going to lie," said Brewer, who was traded in 2011 and re-signed last year in free agency, winning...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves Rumors: Minnesota ready to trade veterans Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and Thaddeus Young

Without Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, the Minnesota Timberwolves would need a miracle to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. Wolves coach and executive decision-maker Flip Saunders appears ready to accept 2014-15 as a rebuilding year for the Wolves. This decision could lead to a fire-sale of veterans in Minnesota, and veterans such as Martin, Corey Brewer...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves Ready To Turn Season Into Rebuild Instead Of Retool

With injuries to Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting the focus of the season to a rebuild. Flip Saunders headed into the season hopeful that it would be more of a "retool" with a "blended" roster. “Now you look at a situation where we might be going into a rebuild, which changes the dynamics of everything,” Saunders said. The...
Via RealGM
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Plan for Wolves changes from 'blended' to 'rebuild'

MINNEAPOLIS -- There was a time this year when the term "rebuild" didn't do much for Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders. "Blended" was his preferred term for a mix of youth and veterans with low external expectations but was thought to be a potential pitfall for even the most loaded of opponents. But after a slew of injuries that's as bad as any...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves miss opportunity to edge Warriors on rare off night

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even before the Timberwolves fell 102-86 to the NBA's most dangerous team at the moment, coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders likened his team's plight to a game of Risk. "I feel like I'm Macedonia with two people, and I'm surrounded by like 50 countries on each side," Saunders said, referencing the board game in which players take turns trying...
Via Fox Sports North
9 days ago  |  Discuss

LaVine, young Wolves taught more lessons in narrow loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Zach LaVine showed up at the Target Center on Friday morning, he found a hand-written note from Flip Saunders tacked on chair in front of his locker. Slow down, but stay aggressive. Keep us organized. Don't get too crazy. The 19-year-old rookie who started one college game would soon be back in an NBA starting lineup; veteran Mo Williams had missed practice the...
Via Fox Sports North
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Banged-up Wolves hit rock bottom with Sixers loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves returned to practice on Thursday, saying they were embarrassed by a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers the night before and bracing for times to get even tougher. The young and banged-up Wolves delivered a lackluster effort against the Sixers, who squeaked out a victory to snap a 17-game losing streak to start the season. The Wolves are already...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves exasperated after loss to previously winless Sixers

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the worst losses in the Timberwolves' lamentable history can be quantified. Minnesota and Philadelphia, the last-place team in each NBA conference, each shot worse than 40 percent from the floor. They combined to make 8 of 41 3-pointers. They each turned the ball over 19 times. It was a matchup that would either tie the league's longest losing streak to start...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wiggins responds to big minutes with career-best game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders was careful about making too much of Andrew Wiggins' big night. The prized 19-year-old rookie Wiggins already carries the hopes of the Minnesota Timberwolves on his back. Saturday he carried the team, as well, with Minnesota playing its third game in four nights severely short-handed. Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points in a season-high 41 minutes...
Via Fox Sports North
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

Flip Saunders appeared to be backtracking on the Minnesota Timberwolves' reported trade talks involving Corey Brewer. "He's just too valuable to us to move," Saunders said. Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Brewer. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets are two reported suitors for Brewer.
Via RealGM
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves C Pekovic to miss at least three games with wrist injury

MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss at least the next three games because of a sprained right wrist. Coach Flip Saunders made the announcement on Tuesday. Pekovic was injured last week against Dallas. He will not play in home games this week against the Knicks, Spurs and Kings. Saunders says Pekovic will be re-evaluated at the start of next week. It's the...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ricky Rubio Out, Zach LaVine In

It has been 11 days since The Minnesota Timberwolves beloved point guard, Ricky Rubio, left the game against Orlando with a rolled a ankle. Toward the beginning of the season Flip Saunders referred to this season as “developmental,” and those words have become the epitome of the Timberwolves. Reports from the Timberwolves camp say that Rubio was still on crutches during Monday’s...
Via Crossover Chronicles
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Undermanned Wolves will be without Pekovic at least three games

MINNEAPOLIS -- Turns out Nikola Pekovic's "personal situation" that kept him out of practice Monday is one he's dealt with incessantly throughout his four-plus-year NBA career. Injury. The Montenegrin center sprained his wrist in Saturday's loss to Dallas, Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters after Tuesday's practice. Pekovic wasn...
Via Fox Sports North
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Wolves players forced to learn on the fly

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders understands the often-delicate psyche of young, impressionable players. Even the most elite one he ever coached had to bide his time before being entrusted with starting responsibilities. Future NBA MVP Kevin Garnett didn't start until 31 games into his rookie campaign. Some players can handle it right away -- the next season, 1996-97, point guard Stephon...
Via Fox Sports North
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Saunders: Garnett will remain in NBA after retiring, possibly in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Notoriously private, sometimes distant and always superiorly focused, Kevin Garnett doesn't keep a glut of personal confidants. But he's happy to see two of them, around since the beginning of his rise to greatness, back with the organization that played host to it. "It's refreshing," the No. 1 name in Timberwolves history told the New York Post...
Via Fox Sports North
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wiggins proving himself to be a quick-learning student

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the end, Flip Saunders' unfulfilled wish might have aided Andrew Wiggins in the long run. Saunders still contends Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler traveled before his spinning, on-the-floor pirouette and rise into Wiggins' airborne body at the end of the Timberwolves' loss Saturday. The move allowed Butler to sink a pair of free throws and Chicago to escape with a one...
Via Fox Sports North
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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