Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
The Oklahoman "Enes Kanter had his head bowed, buried under a blue bath towel as he sat in full uniform at the first cubicle on the left upon entrance into the visiting locker room inside the Target Center. As the majority of his teammates moseyed around, aimlessly for the most part, Kanter just sat there,..." April 16
Fox Sports North "Considering he's brought a magician and hypnotist to past Timberwolves training camps, it's not that difficult to picture Flip Saunders wearing an oversized turban and black-and-blue robes while gazing into a crystal ball. Heck, now that the season's almost over, the club's president of basketball..." April 15
Andrew Wiggins says he is definitely playing for the Canadian national team this summer
New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans left the Target Center Monday night still with high stakes unfinished business ahead trying to secure their first postseason berth since the 2010-11 season. New Orleans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-88 at the Target Center. But the Pelicans (44-37) didn't seal..." April 14
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14
The #Twolves today announced guard Ricky Rubio underwent successful diagnostic arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle
Canis Hoopus "This would be his 21st season in the NBA and his age 39 season. Garnett was re-acquired by the Wolves at the trade deadline this season from the Brooklyn Nets, making his return to the franchise where he got his start and played for a dozen incredible seasons. Unfortunately, he has only..." April 13
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Wolves list Robbie Hummel (back contusion) as questionable, KG as doubtful for Monday's game vs. Pelicans
Flip said Wolves are going with what they've got these next 3 games, which I interpret as meaning KG will not play again this season
San Francisco Chronicle "Even with little for which to play, the Warriors keep finding ways to win. They sleepwalked into a little pressure from the Timberwolves on Saturday night and then dominated the game’s final four minutes to take a 110-101 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. “We weren’t very..." April 12
Yahoo! Sports "Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle early next week, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7 against the Orlando Magic. The source said the surgery is considered to be a..." April 12
Wolves list Hummel and KMartin as questionable and KG as doubtful for tonight's game at Golden State
#Twolves Updated Injury Report (1/2): Kevin Martin (illness) and Robbie Hummel (back contusion) are QUESTIONABLE. KG is DOUBTFUL.
Also: told Gary Neal (ankle) hopes to play in the final two home games next week. Ultimately, the docs and Flip will decide. #twolves
Los Angeles Times "Not everybody thumps the Lakers. Sometimes they get to be the big kids on the block. Especially when they're playing one of their little lottery friends. The Lakers stuck it to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-98, ending a five-game losing streak Friday and improving a ghastly home record to..." April 11
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Timberwolves rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are four games away from the end of an introductory season more demanding than whatever they might have imagined. Each player met with coach and chief basketball executive Flip Saunders this week to discuss the season that soon will be over..." April 10
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Timberwolves starting center Nikola Pekovic underwent surgery in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday that left coach Flip Saunders hopeful his richly paid big men will play again without pain. Renowned foot surgeon Dr. Bob Anderson shaved bone from around Pekovic’s right Achilles’ tendon, detaching..." April 09
Blazer's Edge "LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers split the season series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking them down easily, 116-91 Wednesday night at Moda Center. The extra rest certainly seemed to help the players who did not make the trip to New York...." April 09
Sactown Royalty "Yes, the Minnesota Timberwolves are not a very good defensive team. Yes, they were also missing pretty much every NBA-level big man on their team. Yes, the Sacramento Kings were also down plenty of scorers so there was a lot of shots available for the taking. That shouldn't take anything away from..." April 08
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
Canis Hoopus "With Nikola Pekovic done for the year and Gorgui Deing's status unknown, the Wolves again turn to the field for an emergency big body Onuaku has played negligible minutes in just 5 NBA games. He played his college ball at Syracuse (...!!?!?!??!!....) spent some time overseas, and has more..." April 07
Minneapolis Star Tribune "There was a bit of news to come out of the Wolves’ practice today: Ricky Rubio will not play again this season. Coach Flip Saunders said Rubio’s sore left ankle – originally injured in Orlando Nov. 7 – was not responding well enough to treatment and that there was still soreness there. “He’s..." April 05
Flip said rubio's ankle is still sore, and not responding well to treatment. Meanwhile, Neal also practiced today
Minneapolis Star Tribune "His season over, with surgery looming, Wolves center Nikola Pekovic acknowledged he is concerned about his future, both on and off the basketball court. “Of course I am,’’ he said. “I’m pretty much worrying about how this is going to affect my life in 10 years. I mean, I’m still thinking about..." April 04
Martin says he's good to go tonight
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Glen Taylor said the Timberwolves would be healthier with the hiring of a top-notch coach while Flip Saunders concentrates on his duties as president of basketball operations, but the team owner won’t object if Saunders continues to coach into the immediate future. “I’d like to hire a very good..." April 03
Wolves call Martin probable for tomorrow, Bennett, KG, Ricky and Neal all doubtful. Dieng out for Magic
Toronto Sun "No player was on the floor for more than 31minutes, no player was asked to shoulder the burden and no one needed to worry about the outcome. On this night, there was no chance the Raptors would lose to the host Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that’s too thin in terms of personnel, its margin for..." April 02
Pekovic will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. An update on his progress will be provided when appropriate.
Canis Hoopus "The Wolves have officially shut down the oft-injured big man for the rest of the season Injuries have become an ever-increasing concern for the big man, as they continue to occur more and more frequently and keep him out for longer and longer stretches. He will have played in just 31 games this..." March 31
Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31
Twin Cities "You really wouldn’t expect anything else, but Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said there is no question that Andrew Wiggins is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. “Anyone that throws anything else out, they’re dreaming,” Saunders said. “He is the most dominant rookie. He’s playing in a situation..." March 31
Salt Lake Tribune "Flip Saunders was fired up after his team's win over the Jazz last week in Salt Lake City — and not just because of his short-handed squad's play in an overtime victory. Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring had discussed the "tanking" in the NBA and mention was made of the..." March 31
Flip confirms that Nikola Pekovic will be out for the remainder of the season.
For the record: No KG, Rubio, Pek, Neal, Muhammad, Martin, Dieng.
New Orleans Times-Picayune "At this point in the season, the Pelicans cannot afford to have any slip ups. They need to win as many games as possible to stay in contention for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. On Sunday afternoon, the Pelicans didn't squander an opportunity facing a injury-ravaged Minnesota..." March 30
Gorgui Dieng played the opening 9:06 & didn't retun. He appeared to get shaken up on a play inside late in the 1st quarter.
#Twolves did not renew Sean Kilpatrick's 10-day contract. The team's roster now stands at 15.
Flip says both Robbie Hummel (out 29g w/ broken right hand) & Anthony Bennett (out 18g w/ sprained ankle) will make their returns today.
#Timberwolves' Flip Saunders said Kevin Garnett will not play vs. Pelicans. Garnett has been ill for four days and has been unable to eat.
#Twolves Injury Report for tomorrow at NOP: Martin, Bennett, Hummel are QUESTIONABLE. KG, Rubio are DOUBTFUL. Bazz, Pek and Neal are OUT.
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28
Pro Basketball Talk "On the final play of the Lakers’ overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Minnesota had a sideline out of bounds opportunity, trailing by two with 0.3 seconds left. That’s not enough time to get an actual shot off, but it is enough for a tip towards the basket — provided the pass can..." March 27
Silver Screen And Roll "Losing is winning in this topsy-turvy season in Los Angeles, and that was especially true as the the Lakers took on a fellow bottom feeder in the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers looked set to cruise to an easy win early, but a late Timberwolves run sent the game to overtime, where Jordan..." March 26
Fox Sports North "Andrew Wiggins playing 48 minutes Monday night in Salt Lake City. Sean Kilpatrick speeding up Interstate 95 in his BMW X3 to get to Madison Square Garden in time. Nikola Pekovic honoring his nicknamesake with a Godfather-style suit on the Timberwolves bench. There are injuries. There are..." March 24
Minneapolis Star Tribune "In all the NBA’s history of tense, overtime games, there probably never has been a winning coach as livid as the Timberwolves’ Flip Saunders seemed after Monday’s 106-104 victory over Utah. He had just seen his team with only seven healthy players win in OT, at altitude, on the second night of..." March 24