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Wolves Would Have Kept Kevin Love Without Cavs' Trade

Dec 22, 2014 5:27 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves began their trade talks involving Kevin Love with the Golden State Warriors before eventually agreeing upon a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors were unwilling to include Klay Thompson in any deal for Love, which made a trade impossible for both sides.

The Wolves acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young for Love, Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Flip Saunders says the Wolves would have kept Love if the deal with the Cavaliers didn't come together. There were no other trades on the table at that point which were to the Wolves' liking.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer From Wolves For Troy Daniels

Dec 19, 2014 2:47 PM

The Houston Rockets have acquired Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Troy Daniels.

Ronny Turiaf will also be included from the Wolves, but sent to the Philadelphia 76ers with a second round pick.

The 76ers will send Alexey Shved to the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Corey Brewer, Troy Daniels, Alexey Shved, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

Dec 17, 2014 8:56 PM

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 and subsequent struggles to compete in the difficult West have forced Minnesota to concede that the team is shifting from a "retool" mode to a "rebuild."

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Tags: Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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ROY Winner Has Led In Combined Per-Game Stats For 26 Of Past 27 Awards

Dec 17, 2014 2:14 PM

Last season, Kevin Pelton found that 25 of the previous 26 ROY awards had gone to the rookie with the highest combined averages of points, rebounds and assists per game. Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014-15 winner, made that 26 of 27.

Andrew Wiggins is now the favorite to win Rookie of the Year following the season-ending injury to Jabari Parker.

Parker was leading rookies in that combined category at 19.5, followed by Wiggins at 17.8, Nerlens Noel at 16.2 and Zach LaVine at 15.1.

The one ROY in the past 27 seasons not to lead rookies in combined per-game stats was Amar'e Stoudemire, who finished a combined 0.1 behind Yao Ming in 2003-04.

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Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Award, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Ronny Turiaf To Undergo Surgery On Hip

Dec 14, 2014 6:15 PM

Ronny Turiaf will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right hip. The operation will be performed this Tuesday by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. A further update on Turiaf’s status will be provided following Tuesday’s procedure.

Turiaf has played in two games this season, totaling one rebound and two assists in just over 18 minutes of action. Turiaf spent the first five games of the season and the last 14 contests on the inactive list due to right hip soreness.

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Tags: Ronny Turiaf, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Wolves Ready To Turn Season Into Rebuild Instead Of Retool

Dec 10, 2014 12:25 PM

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 Wolves could look to trade veterans such as Martin, Corey Brewer, Thaddeus Young and Mo Williams, while opening up more playing time for Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Anthony Bennett, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.

“When you’re doing a rebuild, it’s not pleasant for anybody,” Saunders said. “It’s not pleasant for fans, for you guys [media members], for coaches, for players. But sometimes you’re forced to do some things that maybe you didn’t plan on doing. Hopefully what you do is, I have to have patience understanding that. Fans have to have patience — and everyone has to have patience — in understanding what that does mean.”

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins Named Rookies Of The Month For November

Dec 3, 2014 7:09 PM

Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for November.

Parker helped lead the Bucks to a 10-8 mark during October/November by averaging 11.9 points (T-1st among rookies), 6.1 rebounds (2nd), 1.7 assists (7th) and 1.33 steals (2nd) per game. He began his career by posting double-doubles in two of his first three games (11 points and 10 rebounds on Oct. 31 vs. Philadelphia, and 13 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 1 at Washington). In doing so, Parker became just the 14th player in the last 30 seasons to record multiple double-doubles within his first three career games, and the only teenager to accomplish the feat.

Wiggins averaged 11.6 points (2nd among NBA rookies), 3.7 rebounds and 1.13 steals in 15 games, all starts. He led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent (11-for-25). Among Western Conference rookies, Wiggins was 1st in scoring, steals and minutes played, 2nd in blocks and 3rd in rebounding.

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Tags: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Award

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Jeff Adrien Signing With Timberwolves Under Hardship Exception

Nov 29, 2014 3:38 PM

Free agent power forward Jeff Adrien has reached agreement on a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves under the NBA’s injury hardship exception, league sources told RealGM on Saturday.

With Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin and Ronny Turiaf sidelined with injuries, the Timberwolves were granted a short-term exception to sign a 16th player to their roster temporarily and decided upon Adrien.

Adrien has averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds over four NBA seasons. A 6-foot-7 product who performs beyond his size with activity and athletic ferocity, he has played for Golden State, Houston, Charlotte and Milwaukee. Adrien averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28 games to close the 2013-14 season with the Bucks.

Adrien, 28, went to training camp with the Rockets in October.

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Tags: Jeff Adrien, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

Nov 21, 2014 1:36 PM

An MRI revealed that Kevin Martin has a fractured right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.

The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.

Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line. 

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Tags: Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

Nov 20, 2014 2:59 PM

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.

Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

Tags: Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets
The Cavaliers and Rockets view Corey Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.

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Kevin Garnett Interested In Purchasing Wolves When He Retires
Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Wolves in the 1995 NBA Draft and spent 12 seasons there before being traded to the Celtics.

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Ricky Rubio Out Indefinitely With Significant Ankle Sprain
X-rays taken immediately showed no fracture in Ricky Rubio's rolled ankle.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Timberwolves Discussed Hiring Lionel Hollins Before Kevin Love Deal
The Timberwolves spoke to Lionel Hollins in the offseason about their open head coaching position.

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Kevin Martin Fined $15K For 'Casselling'
Kevin Martin was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for making an obscene gesture during the Timberwolves' 106-105 loss to the Bulls on Saturday.

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Ricky Rubio, Wolves Agree Upon Four-Year, $55M Extension
Ricky Rubio and the Wolves have agreed upon a four-year, $55 million extension.

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Ricky Rubio, Wolves Approximately $6M Apart On Extension Talks
The Wolves have offered Ricky Rubio a four-year, $52 million deal and could possibly go as high as $54 million.

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J.J. Barea Finalizing Buyout From Wolves, Hopes To Re-Sign With Mavs
J.J. Barea is finalizing a contract buyout with the Timberwolves on Sunday, according to sources.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Waive Brady Heslip
The Wolves roster now stands at 16 players.

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Love: My Decision Was About Wanting To Win
Kevin Love wrote a first-person essay called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", which details his trade from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers.

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Wolves Waive Kyrylo Fesenko
Kyrylo Fesenko played in just one preseason game for the Wolves.

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Timberwolves Exercise Third-Year Options On Bennett, Dieng, Muhammad
Anthony Bennett was obtained by the Timberwolves in a trade from Cleveland on Aug. 23.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders
In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

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Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks
The Rockets and Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger, but are reluctant to take him on due to his $5 million player option for next season.

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Andrew Wiggins Being Pushed To 'Come Back At You' From Start
The Timberwolves' coaching staff has been encouraging Andrew Wiggins to push himself and stop trying to blend in.

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Rubio, Wolves At Standstill On Extension Negotiations
Ricky Rubio is at a standstill in negotiations with the Timberwolves regarding a contract extension.

Charlie Walters/Pioneer Press

RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason
Daniel Leroux, Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Beckley Mason work through the offseason for the Thunder, Blazers, Jazz, Wolves and Nuggets.

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Ricky Rubio, Wolves Continuing Extension Talks On Possible $11M Annually
Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves will have contract talks in person this week that could make him the second-highest paid player on the team.

Charley Walters/Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Wolves Offer Max Contract To Eric Bledsoe, Pushing For Sign-And-Trade
The Wolves are offering Eric Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million max contract.

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Timberwolves Optimistic About Extension For Ricky Rubio
The Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio have discussed a contract extension.

Jon Kkrawczynski/Associated Press