Minnesota Timberwolves: Four reasons Kevin Martin steps up his game

It may seem odd to predict a significant improvement in play from a 31 year old player like Kevin Martin, but I think that there are a lot of differences from this year to last for Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Reason number one: As a shooting guard, Martin’s main job on the basketball court is to put the ball in the hoop. Martin did pretty well at that last year, scoring...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves player profile: Ronny Turiaf

  This is the second part of a 15-part series running Tuesdays and Fridays profiling each Minnesota Timberwolves player leading up to the start of the NBA season. In desperate need of some semblance of rim protection, Flip Saunders signed energetic, jovial veteran big man Ronny Turiaf to be a shot blocker and vocal talker. It's what the 31-year-old Martinique native has been...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic Asks for Montenegrin Head Coach Change

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic chose to avoid not playing for the Montenegrin national team during its attempt to qualify in August for next year’s EuroBasket competition. Neither did Nikola Pekovic. These two big men are the country’s best talents. Still, Montenegro had enough talent to qualify for EuroBasket 2015. They didn’t and it’s appropriately being seen as...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves: Are The Timberwolves Better With No Kevin Love?

Minnesota Timberwolves: Are The Timberwolves Better With No Kevin Love? By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Kevin Love is the best big man in the NBA on offense and one of the 5 best players in the NBA; there is no denying the incredible talents of Love, who is also one of the league’s best rebounders. With the Minnesota Timberwolves trading Love for Andrew Wiggins...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Thaddeus Young says he’s not trying to replace Kevin Love

If you happen to be at the Minnesota State Fair today, you might have the chance to see the newest members of the Minnesota Timberwolves including Thaddeus Young. During the event that introduced the players to Timberwolves fans on hand, Young told fans that he isn’t going to replace former star Kevin Love according to the Timberwolves PR Twitter account: Young: "I'm not...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Timberwolves will keep Anthony Bennett

According to reports, Anthony Bennett is likely to remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick was rumored to be heading to the Philadelphia 76ers and Thaddeus Young would be dealt to Minnesota as part of the Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Timberwolves. From Timberwolves reporter Jerry Zgoda and the Toronto...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Knicks: Trade For Nikola Pekovic? Yes!

New York Knicks: Trade For Nikola Pekovic? Yes. By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. Knicks Get: Nikola Pekovic, J.J. Barea, Chase Budinger Timberwolves Get: Amar’e Stoudemire, Shane Larkin and Iman Shumpert Yes this is a complicated trade, but it makes sense. The Knicks are in need of an elite big man and a 2nd offensive option and Pekovic would fit each need. The...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves interested in signing Kris Humphries

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been relatively quiet this offseaon after being in the news nearly non-stop with Kevin Love trade rumors, but they are looking to get in on some free agency additions. According to a report from Darren Wolfson, the Timberwolves are interested in signing Kris Humphries on a one-year contract. This isn’t going to be a huge move, but Humphries did play...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves talking extension

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been looking to trade star power forward Kevin Love for the majority of the offseason so far, but they are also looking to lock up point guard Ricky Rubio to a long-term extension. According to Darren Wolfson of, the Timberwolves and Rubio have begun extension talks, but a deal will not be easy to come by. Rubio has been extremely inconsistent...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Best trade packages for Kevin Love

Kevin Love has made it clear that he will not re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the 2014-15 season, which has spurred the Wolves to receive trade packages for the 25-yearold star forward. Love is widely regarded as the best power forward in the NBA.  Through his first six seasons, Love has a career average of 19.2 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game.  Love can...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Love: Not making playoffs ‘burns me and hurts my heart’

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love said Wednesday that he wants to play for a winner. “No matter what the outcome is, I just want to end up in a great place where I can win,” Love said during an appearance on ESPN2′s ‘SportsNation.’ “At the end of the day, I’ve played six years, haven’t made the playoffs yet, that burns me and hurts my heart, so I really want...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten franchises at a crossroad

10 NBA Franchises At A Crossroad By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… 1. Minnesota Timberwolves - The Timberwolves are about to trade their franchise player and as a team in a mid market city that is very cold, finding one again won’t be easy. They have some excellent pieces in Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio, but there will be a big transition once they trade Love...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders to coach Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves president and part-owner Flip Saunders will coach the team next season, reports Saunders interviewed several candidates and offered the job to Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, but decided the best option would be for him to return to the bench. Joerger turned down the job to remain in Memphis after Grizzlies owner Robert Pera sweetened his contract...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Better Know a NBA Draft Prospect: Jusuf Nurkic

Prospect: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia, 6-11.5, 280 Projected Draft Range: Mid-to-Late First Round (14-25) Suggested Nickname: “The Bosnian Baller” or “The Big Bosnian” Pro Player Comparison: Nikola Pekovic Strengths: Nurkic is a big dude. Standing 6 feet 11 inches with 280 pounds on his frame, Nurkic already has the size of an NBA Center. NBA teams don’t need to worry if...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolves getting trade calls regarding Rubio, Pekovic

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in the NBA rumor mill a lot of the past couple weeks with the news that Kevin Love is available for trade, but there are teams calling about other pieces on their roster as well. According to a report from Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Timberwolves are getting calls about both Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic. This news is not...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves fielding calls for Love, Rubio & Pekovic

With Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger out of the picture, the Timberwolves on Tuesday continued their search for a successor to Rick Adelman. The Wolves had made more progress with Joerger than any other candidate, but contract negotiations had not begun and no job offer had been made. As was the plan from the start of the search, there still is no time frame for a hiring. Nor...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolves season report card: Nikola Pekovic

  This is the 12th in a 14-part series evaluating each Timberwolves player's performance during the 2013-14 season. Find the entire series here. At the NBA campaign's midway point, Nikola Pekovic had more than merited the maximum contract extension he signed last summer. By the end, it was just another injury-saddled season. All-Star discussion gave way to further solidification...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves interested in Stan Van Gundy

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be looking for a new head coach this offseason after Rick Adelman announced his retirement earlier today. According to reports coming out of Minnesota, the Wolves have their sights set on former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy as a potential replacement. This is certainly an intriguing rumor that is flying around, and if it did happen would...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announces retirement

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement from coaching in the NBA on Monday. Adelman 23-year coaching career ends with a 1042-749 (.582 winning percentage) career record. “On behalf of the Minnesota Timberwolves, I would like to thank Rick for all he has done for our organization,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “Under Rick’s leadership...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Nikola Pekovic Caricature Illustration

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic caricature illustration by Greg Halbert from Minnesota. The post Nikola Pekovic Caricature Illustration appeared first on Hooped Up.
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves: Wolves Cannot Trade Nikola Pekovic

Minnesota Timberwolves: Wolves Cannot Trade Nikola Pekovic By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… I just read an article on by David Thorpe where he stated that because of the emergence of rookie Gorgui Dieng, it could help them keep Kevin Love, as they are an excellent pairing in the frontcourt. He also said that they should trade franchise center Nikola Pekvoic...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic exits Monday's loss to Clippers with sore ankle

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday by the score of 114-104.  The loss was the second straight for the Timberwolves, who fell to 36-37 on the season, third in the Northwest Division.  The Timberwolves played all but seven minutes without center Nikola Pekovic , who left the game with a sore right ankle.TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsAs reported...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Healthy Pekovic inflicts pain on Lakers in Wolves rout

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rest and recuperation. Timberwolves big man Nikola Pekovic is all too acquainted with both terms, having missed at least 17 games in each of his four NBA seasons. But he's learned to use the untimely, forced breaks to his advantage. "A little rest is always good," said Pekovic, who returned Friday from a six-game absence due to soreness in his right ankle...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Wolves Friday: Pekovic returns against Lakers

MINNEAPOLIS -- When asked why he'll be back in the lineup Friday of all nights after being continually plagued by a nagging ankle injury, Nikola Pekovic shot back with a short, salty, two-word response. "Why not?" the Timberwolves center mused. It's been an aggravating second half of the season for the big man from Montenegro, whom his franchise promoted as a potential...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pekovic practices, but a Friday return remains doubtful

Wolves center Nikola Pekovic, who has missed six straight games with ankle bursitis, took some part in the Wolves’ practice Thursday. But he still appears doubtful for Friday’s game against the Lakers at Target Center. “He did a little bit, yes,” coach Rick Adelman said. “But there is nothing changed. We’ll see how [he] feels tomorrow.’’ That means Gorgui Dieng...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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