Timberwolves Rumors & News

  • Timberwolves rally to beat Hornets in OT

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In four straight losses before Saturday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves had come oh so close so many times. There was a two-point loss and a four-point loss. Four games lost by an average of seven points. Finally, against the Charlotte Hornets, the Wolves found the..." December 03

  • Knicks sweep back-to-back games with Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Jeff Hornacek has noticed a drastic change in his center, Kyle O'Quinn. The first-year coach of the New York Knicks wasn't around last season, but saw enough of O'Quinn on tape to make an assessment. "He was a plodder last year," Hornacek bluntly said of the 6-foot-10,..." December 02

  • Report: NBA opening night to be 7-10 days earlier in 2017-18

    ESPN "Major League Baseball had all the labor negotiating fun this week, coming to terms on a new five-year pact to avert a lockout just before its own buzzer to get a deal done, but fear not. The NBA remains on course to announce its highly anticipated agreement with the National Basketball Players..." December 02

  • Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns showcase what could be the NBA’s next great big-man rivalry

    New York Daily News "The combined record of the Knicks and Timberwolves over the last 12 seasons is (shield your eyes, kids) 657-1,151. So forgive us for being skeptical that this will all go according to plan, rather than get James Dolan-ed or muddied by franchises that can't get out of their own way. At least..." December 01

  • Anthony nails winning shot in Knicks' 106-104 victory

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Even on a night when Carmelo Anthony struggled from the floor, the New York Knicks had confidence in him in the biggest moment. That's why coach Jeff Hornacek drew up a play to get the ball into Anthony's hands with the score tied on Wednesday night. With 2.3 seconds..." November 30

  • Frustrations mount with another Timberwolves loss

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After another loss caused by another fourth-quarter break down on defense, the Wolves were clearly frustrated, starting with coach Tom Thibodeau. “When you’re out-rebounded, you’re fouling recklessly, not protecting the basket, your weak side has no awareness of what’s going on, it’s not..." November 29

  • Finishing kick pushes Jazz past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- After the Minnesota Timberwolves erased an 11-point deficit and took a lead midway through the fourth quarter Monday night, Jazz coach Quin Snyder didn't take a timeout to stop the momentum. The Utah players didn't panic. The Jazz went down to the other end of the court, and..." November 28

  • Curry (34 points) helps Warriors win 11th straight

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The last time Draymond Green missed a game, the Golden State Warriors began a tailspin into a runner-up finish in the NBA Finals. This time, they're streaking in the other direction. Stephen Curry poured in 17 of his game-high 34 points in the third quarter Saturday..." November 27

  • Suns' Len avoided SportsCenter after getting dunked on by LaVine

    Arizona Republic "Suns center Alex Len did not need to see Minnesota’s Zach LaVine dunking on him Friday night from multiple angles and with multiple freeze frames. “I didn’t watch SportsCenter because of that,” Len said, laughing. “On my Instagram, I got like 50 comments – 'RIP, rest in peace on the good..." November 27

  • Timberwolves pull away from Suns late

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Minnesota found a fourth quarter to build on Friday. The Timberwolves held the Phoenix Suns without a field goal over the final nine minutes and took advantage of mismatches on the offensive end for a 98-85 victory at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Andrew Wiggins and..." November 26

  • Pelicans ride Davis' hot start to win over Wolves

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- No matter how much his teammates plead with him to stop throwing his franchise body into the expensive courtside seats chasing after loose balls, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis simply won't listen. The pride and fire Davis has displayed in helping the Pelicans..." November 24

  • Tom Thibodeau expected to trade young Timberwolves player for established veteran

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s been a decade since Tom Thibodeau worked for a losing team. The Bulls won each season he coached. Prior to Chicago, he served as an assistant on championship-contending Celtics teams. He was a Rockets assistant before that, and he suffered through his last losing season in Houston. (He..." November 24

  • Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

    Awful Announcing "The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street..." November 23

  • It’s Time for These NBA Teams to Bottom Out

    The Ringer "As we go through life, we’re taught about different levels of shame in sports. Being a sore loser is shameful, sure, but being an eager and willing loser is a downright sin. Tanking in the NBA has long been considered one of the most shameful things in all of sports. But sometimes we learn to live..." November 22

  • Thomas, Horford propel Celtics past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- When starters Al Horford and Jae Crowder were forced to miss a combined 17 games, the Boston Celtics depth was tested but also given the opportunity to make an impact. Horford and Crowder have returned, and the deeper bench helped Boston pull away against the Minnesota..." November 21

  • Retired NBA commissioner David Stern went off about cheating and ethics

    Quartz "As NBA commissioner, David Stern was a strict and unyielding monarch, who presided over a successful and growing empire for 30 years. In retirement, unshackled from those responsibilities, he is happy to let loose with his raw, undiplomatic opinions about the ills befalling sports and..." November 19

  • Wiggins, Towns carry Timberwolves past 76ers

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- When Andrew Wiggins bypassed playing for Team Canada in the Olympics this summer, his mind was on fulfilling his potential as one of the NBA's best young stars heading into his third season. The decision is looking wise for Wiggins early this season. Wiggins recorded 35..." November 18

  • The Kawhi Leonard Effect

    The Ringer "There are always guard and wing prospects in the NBA draft who are picked even though they have issues with their jump shots. And ever since the Spurs traded George Hill for Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and turned that San Diego State spark plug into a flamethrower, the Kawhi Effect has taken over. A..." November 17

  • Walker's 30 help Hornets score comeback victory

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Coach Steve Clifford doesn't often get fiery or enraged when he's addressing his Charlotte Hornets team. When Clifford gets mad, the Hornets know to listen closely because he's upset and means business. Clifford's message got through to his team at halftime on Tuesday..." November 16

  • As frustration mounts for Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio says they are 'not learning'

    CBS Sports "Ten games into the Tom Thibodeau era, the Minnesota Timberwolves are as confusing as any team in the NBA. They hired the premier defensive mind in basketball, and yet they are 28th in the league in defensive rating. On the other end of the floor, they've been spectacular -- only the Golden State..." November 16

  • Russell Wilson: “Seattle needs basketball back”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Wilson announced via Twitter on Monday that he was joining the ownership group pushing to return the SuperSonics to Seattle. Now, Wilson has penned his feelings about doing so in The Players’ Tribune. In the article, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback says that, as a kid of the ’90s,..." November 16

  • Ricky Rubio Upset With Timberwolves’ Lack Of Progress

    The Basketball Network "The Minnesota Timberwolves are 3-7 to start the year and in the bottom of the Western Conference, much to the frustration of point guard Ricky Rubio. After winning 29 games last season, some thought that the Wolves would explode out of the West’s cellar and into the playoff hunt. That has yet..." November 16

  • The Changes to Expect in the NBA’s Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement

    The Ringer "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expect to finalize terms on a new collective bargaining agreement “just after Thanksgiving” or in “early December,” a source familiar with the negotiations told The Ringer. The source confirmed previously reported details of the new..." November 15

  • The Monstars are back just in time to celebrate Space Jam's 20th birthday

    USA Today "Way back on November 15, 1996, when Michael Jordan only had four titles, Space Jam released in theaters. Now, 20 years later, Jordan is a billionaire, and his company, Jordan Brand, has released a teaser for the anniversary campaign and fresh apparel to get everyone hyped about the 90s basketball..." November 15

  • Duncan, Leroux Announce Twitter NBA Show

    Real GM Basketball "A year and a half ago, the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast launched with invaluable support from RealGM so it feels appropriate to use this space to detail the new project Nate Duncan and I have been working on for a little while now that launches this week. A little while back, Twitter reached..." November 15

  • Wiggins erupts for 47, Timberwolves drub Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Coming off one of Andrew Wiggins' least efficient games of the season, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau implored his ultra-talented third-year swingman to stay aggressive. Wiggins shot 24 times in Minnesota's loss on Saturday to the Los Angeles Clippers and made just..." November 13

  • Clippers win sixth straight behind Griffin

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Blake Griffin pondered to himself the tough stretch his Los Angeles Clippers team faced to start the season. Los Angeles just finished the second game of another back-to-back situation in Minnesota with a 119-105 victory. Griffin and the Clippers had reason to be tired after..." November 12

  • Minnesota Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio nearing return to lineup

    UPI "Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is nearing a return from an elbow injury after participating in Friday's practice. Rubio has missed five games with a sprained right elbow but will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Minnesota coach..." November 12

  • Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio: Practiced Friday

    CBS Sports "Rubio (elbow) participated in practice Friday. Rubio, still without a timetable for return, appears to be positively progressing with his sprained elbow. Coach Tom Thibodeau says there's a chance he could play this weekend depending on his health. " November 11

  • Jalen Rose: NBA players will refuse to visit the White House during Trump’s presidency

    USA Today "The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to visit the White House on Thursday — the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump. It may also be the last time a full NBA championship team makes that trip for at least four years. During ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Wednesday,..." November 10

  • NBA announces plan for youth basketball academy in Australia

    USA Today "The NBA and Basketball Australia today announced their plan to launch NBA Global Academy — an elite youth basketball training center in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The academy, which will be at the Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, will serve as a "global hub"..." November 10

  • LaVine, Wiggins, Towns carry 'Wolves over Magic

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO -- The Minnesota Timberwolves put their budding Big Three on display Wednesday night, providing a brief glimpse of a potentially very bright future. Zach LaVine scored a career-high 37 points, Andrew Wiggins added 29, and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 20, carrying the Timberwolves to..." November 09

  • Nets pull away late from Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- At halftime, coach Kenny Atkinson had a forceful but succinct message for the Brooklyn Nets. Although his team held a one-point lead and had done enough things right offensively, rebounding was lacking and Atkinson made the Nets aware of it. "The big concern was the..." November 08

  • Thibodeau: Rubio "making steady progress" with elbow injury

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wolves prepared for Tuesday's game at Brooklyn by practicing in Manhattan for 2 1/2 hours today and afterward, coach Tom Thibodeau said injured point guard Ricky Rubio is "making steady progress" healing from his sprained elbow and will be looked at again when the team returns home from these..." November 07

  • Westbrook's 28 points pace Thunder past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Besides Russell Westbrook, the biggest advantage the Oklahoma City Thunder have is the front line. The combination of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter is a package most teams are unable to deal with. However, the Thunder often fail to figure out how to use the two 7-footers..." November 05

  • Strong third quarter carries Nuggets past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Denver Nuggets have made a habit so far this season of starting slow and having to battle back in the second half of games. That trend continued Thursday against Minnesota. Luckily for the Nuggets, an impressive third quarter was enough to erase a big first-half..." November 04

  • Jerry Colangelo to step down from chairmanship of USA Basketball

    Philly.com "USA Basketball announced Thursday afternoon that Jerry Colangelo will step down from the role of chairman of the organization. A new chairman will be elected on November 14. Colangelo had been in the role since 2009. He officially served two elected four-year terms. Colangelo continues to..." November 03

  • Extension for Wolves' Gorgui Dieng will help him make a difference

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Barring injury between now and then, Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng surely would have received a bigger payday next summer than even the four-year, $64 million contract extension he signed Monday. But there’s a reason he bought a home in the Twin Cities last summer. There’s a reason he..." November 02

  • T-wolves hold off short-handed Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves knew Tuesday's opponent was playing without its two best players. Tom Thibodeau's team kept its foot on the gas pedal anyway. Zach LaVine scored a game-high 31 points for Minnesota as the Timberwolves topped the Memphis Grizzlies 116-80 on Tuesday at..." November 01

  • NBA to host postseason awards show in June 2017

    Today's Fastbreak "The NBA announced on Tuesday that they will host the first-ever NBA awards show next June. The event will take place in New York City following the conclusion of the NBA Finals on June 26, 2017, and will be televised by TNT. The venue, host and award presenters will be announced at a later..." November 01

  • Wolves' Ricky Rubio out indefinitely with sprained right elbow

    NBA.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves say Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow. The team announced late Monday night that an MRI exam revealed a sprain and no break. That means he is not expected to miss extended time with the injury, but will not be ready for the team's home..." November 01

  • Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves finalizing 4-year, $64M extension

    ESPN "The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with center Gorgui Dieng, a source told The Undefeated on Monday. Dieng is averaging 13 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a starter through the first two games of the 2016-17 season. The..." November 01

  • Which NBA Star Needs A Trade The Most?

    SI "It doesn't take long for the NBA rumor mill to get churning once the season begins. But before reports and sources start putting the full-court press on your timeline, we thought we'd examine the NBA trade landscape ahead of the madness. The Crossover asked its writers which star they would..." October 31

  • Wolves lack toughness all around, peeved Thibodeau says

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Three nights after they lost an early 17-point lead and the season opener at Memphis, the Timberwolves kicked away an 18-point, second-quarter lead Saturday in Sacramento and lost 106-103 due to a lopsided third quarter that peeved coach Tom Thibodeau called an “abomination.” After watching..." October 31

  • Barnes helps Kings hold off Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Matt Barnes' rib ached so badly that the Sacramento Kings forward said breathing and sleeping present problems, never mind the rigors of bringing energy and spirit to an NBA franchise 10 years removed from the playoffs. But he didn't hurt too much to make the leap and..." October 30

  • Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio: Dealing with sprained elbow

    CBS Sports "Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Saturday's 106-103 loss to the Kings that Rubio suffered a sprained right elbow in the fourth quarter of the contest and will be reevaluated Sunday. Rubio ended up playing 28 minutes before exiting the game, but provided only five points (2-4 FG, 0-1..." October 30

  • Kris Dunn isn’t stealing Ricky Rubio’s starting gig this year

    Today's Fastbreak "When the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the writing seemed to be on the wall for incumbent point guard Ricky Rubio. After all, Rubio’s name had been involved in trade rumors for years up to that point. The..." October 30

  • Kevin Garnett also in talks with teams on coaching consultant role

    Today's Fastbreak "Recently-retired NBA power forward Kevin Garnett is reportedly in talks with multiple teams on a potential role as a coaching consultant, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski lists the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks as teams that have engaged in talks with Garnett..." October 28

  • Kevin Garnett getting 'my own space' with NBA on TNT

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "TNT has found something of a goldmine in recent years with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal joining Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith to form the NBA on TNT studio team. If there's better chemistry on television among a sports group, we haven't noticed. Shaq, standing 7-1 and a smile just as..." October 28

  • Conley, Grizzlies rally to top Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Less than five minutes into his first game as an NBA head coach on Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies' David Fizdale was using his second timeout. The Grizzlies trailed the Minnesota Timberwolves by 17 and a blowout loss seemed more than possible in the season opener at..." October 27

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