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Timberwolves Rumors: J.J. Barea, others, on the trade block

The Timberwolves never wanted to trade Kevin Love, but when the Love made it clear he did not see himself staying in Minnesota long-term, they felt they had no choice.  Last Saturday, they got the next best thing to keeping Love when they traded him for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young.  Despite that blockbuster deal going down, Flip Saunders and the Timberwolves...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Experienced Young brings athleticism, high character to Wolves

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Now that he's arrived in the Twin Cities, Thaddeus Young would like to clear up any misconceptions. He's not a "grizzled, old" veteran, he said. His seven years of NBA service are a product of coming out of Georgia Tech as a 19-year-old and becoming a pillar player in Philadelphia. "I feel like I'm still fresh in the game, young...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Love Trade Could Lead to Great Things for Wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced the three newest members of their team on Tuesday at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young, the players joining the Wolves in the trade including Kevin Love. Cleveland was clearly a winner in the deal because when you have a chance to acquire a top 10 player who is arguably the best at his...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saunders gives fans 'Get Out of Work' note for event

After an arduous, drawn-out process that seemed to last an eternity, the Minnesota Timberwolves will at long last officially introduce Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young, the players the team acquired in its long-awaited trade of disgruntled star Kevin Love. The team did announce the acquisitions in a newspaper ad shortly after the deal […] The post Flip Saunders...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders has high hopes for newest Wolves

While most of the local media attention in the Timberwolves’ trade of Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has focused on the arrival of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, Flip Saunders believes that Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young will play crucial roles with the team, as well. Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 but had a rough rookie year. Saunders believes a lot of that is...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

High-flying aggressive play is at core of Wolves' new identity

MINNEAPOLIS -- Albeit a loosely-defined term, organizational identity is hard to come by in the ever-fluid world of the NBA. The Spurs have it -- methodical massacre enhanced by continuity, synergy and player development. Traditional powers like the Lakers and Celtics have brand identity, regardless of their place in the standings in 2014 or 2010. But with personnel, coaches, tactics...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Inking a new deal: K-Love the octopus traded to Cleveland

MINNEAPOLIS -- All remnants of the Kevin Love era are being washed away. Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders has moved on after trading the disgruntled superstar to the Cavaliers on Saturday. "Kevin put in some great years," Saunders said. "Kevin, told us that he wanted to win and unfortunately for both him and the organization...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves: 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

The Timberwolves boast tremendous upside following the Love trade. What a roller coaster ride it’s been for Wolves fans over the last few months. One day, we’re hearing rumors about the Warriors’ reluctance to depart with Klay Thompson in a deal for Kevin Love – causing laughter at both teams [a*]. Weeks later, a trade idea that appeared to have been quickly squashed ...
Via The Lottery Mafia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Timberwolves are doing it right

A few weeks back, Sports Illustrated went deep on the Astros and their eventual inevitable turnaround. The takeaway, if you don’t have time to read the whole thing is that the Astros are concentrating on doing anything and everything, even if it hurts, to win. They are trying to do what to win by taking emotion and attachment out of the equation. You can read by following this...
Via The Rhino and Compass
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders: Kevin Love Trade Gives Wolves An Identity

We can only assume that Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders will be a bit more relaxed for the time being.  He only has four years before guys like Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Anthony Bennett inform him that they also want out of Minnesota. Saunders finally pulled the trigger and sent Kevin Love packing to chase a ring with LeBron James in Cleveland.  All is...
Via Thacover2
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders: Kevin Love Trade Gives Wolves An Identity

We can only assume that Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders will be a bit more relaxed for the time being.  He only has four years before guys like Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Anthony Bennett inform him that they also want out of Minnesota. Saunders finally pulled the trigger and sent Kevin Love packing to chase a ring with LeBron James in Cleveland.  All is...
Via BlackSportsOnline
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Kevin Love Trade Grade

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Kevin Love Trade Grade By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Minnesota Gets: Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett, Trade Exception Cleveland Gets: Kevin Love Philadelphia Gets: 1st round pick, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved Yes, the Timberwolves have traded their franchise player and one of the 5 best players in the NBA...
Via HoopStuff
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders reacts to Love trade

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Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With new pieces in place, Wolves turn focus to the future

MINNEAPOLIS -- Upon hanging up the phone after a conference call with the NBA office Saturday afternoon, Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders shot a blank, sapped expression his right-hand man's direction. "What do we do know?" Saunders asked general manager Milt Newton. Four months of tense phone discussions with other NBA personnel chiefs, hot-and-heavy...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Suns Make Late Kevin Love Trade Pitch, Offer Eric Bledsoe To T’Wolves

The Phoenix Suns are hoping that Flip Saunders is not a man of his word. Like everyone else, the Suns are aware that the Minnesota Timberwolves have had a trade agreement involving Kevin Love in place for the better part of the month. Just a day away from being able to deal Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-way trade involving the Philadelphia 76ers, the Wolves received...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ervin: Saunders attacking job with tenacity Wolves need

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was an impossible ask, really. Take over a franchise that's been in disarray since shortly after its owner fired you. Construct and develop a roster crippled by baffling draft decisions and trades enacted by the previous regime. All the while, convince a superstar entertaining notions of defecting to change his mind. Flip Saunders knew what he was getting himself...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves schedule features intriguing matchups, including vs. Cavs on New Year's Eve

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even taskmaster Flip Saunders can give his players an extended midseason respite this year. The NBA announced its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday and, like the rest of the league, the Timberwolves have a longer layoff for the All-Star Break. It's a request players have made for years that the NBA schedule makers finally honored, giving every team either an eight or...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves appear set to retool, rather than rebuild roster

MINNEAPOLIS -- Superstar spurns city for rookie returns, and the reconstruction is on. Unless, it would appear, your name is Flip Saunders. The Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations is on the verge of trading peeved three-time All-Star Kevin Love for the NBA's past two No. 1 overall draft picks and a future first-rounder. In this year's draft, he...
Via Fox Sports North
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: 'No indication' Wolves want to trade Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer

With Kevin Love on the verge of being shipped to Cleveland for the last two No. 1 overall draft picks, Minnesota Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders want to keep veterans like Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer around, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It had sort of been assumed that Martin would be involved in any Love deal, as he was signed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves to play seven preseason games, two at home

MINNEAPOLIS -- Whatever the Timberwolves roster ends up looking like in October, fans around the Midwest can get a good look at it. Minnesota's 2014-15 preseason schedule released Tuesday includes three neutral-site games in the United States' central corridor as well as trips to Indiana and Milwaukee. The slate features seven contests, including two at home against Philadelphia...
Via Fox Sports North
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump…Where the C’s may not regret missing out on Love

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.  The well of Celtics news has been dry lately, so bear with me: 1) The Celtics would have had to overpay to acquire Love Trades in the NBA are largely predicated on distinct circumstances. Back in May, the Celtics...
Via Red's Army
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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
July 28, 2014  |  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
July 26, 2014  |  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
July 17, 2014  |  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
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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