Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Flip Saunders said he was "not optimistic" of his chancing of getting Nemanja Bjelica to play for the Wolves Summer League team.

It sounds like we'll have to wait for the preseason to get a good look at Bjelica. He'll likely begin his NBA career backing up Andrew Wiggins, which could make it difficult for him to produce enough statistically to be considered a viable option in standard leagues.
Jun 30 - 7:06 PM

The Wolves did not tender a qualifying offer for Justin Hamilton.

He'll be an unrestricted free agent. Hamilton picked up some big minutes in April, averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 boards, 1.4 assists and 2.0 blocks in his last eight games of the season. He'll likely just get a minimum deal.
Jun 29 - 5:52 PM

Gary Neal could be involved in a sign-and-trade deal this offseason.

Neal is a free agent, and although he won't be back with the Timberwolves, Minnesota could help jettison him to a new home.
Jun 29 - 12:45 PM

Flip Saunders said that he expects Nemanja Bjelica to join the Timberwolves next season.

"I think we will bring Bjelica over, he's given every indication he wants to come to the NBA," said Saunders. "Has ability to play small forward and power forward." If Bjelica does indeed make the jump to the NBA, it sounds like he'll serve as one of Andrew Wiggins' primary backups, so his upside would be limited. As a side note, Saunders said he doesn't believe the Wolves will be active during free agency as they have both first-rounders signed and expect Bjelica to join the team on what is being reported as a three-year, $12-million-plus deal.
Jun 28 - 5:54 PM

Kevin Garnett will reportedly "definitely" re-sign with the Timberwolves this offseason.

While not official just yet, all signs are pointing towards Garnett suiting up for what will likely be his final NBA season with the Timberwolves next year. Garnett only managed to play in 47 games during the 2014-15 season, compiling averages of 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game on 46.7 percent shooting from the field, so he's clearly no longer a fantasy asset in most leagues. He will however be mentoring Karl-Anthony Towns, which can only be viewed as a positive for the Timberwolves young prospect.
Jun 28 - 2:56 PM

The Wolves have extended a qualifying offer to Robbie Hummel, making him a restricted free agent this summer.

Hummel missed 29 games towards the end of the season due to a broken hand, but he did step up when the Wolves were decimated by injuries. Hummel will have a very tough time finding consistent minutes if he does end up staying in Minnesota, and owners in fantasy leagues can continue to ignore him until further notice.
Jun 28 - 9:35 AM

The Timberwolves and Nemanja Bjelica are discussing a three-year, $12 million-plus deal that could be finalized by next week.

Bjelica is already 27 years old, but he just won the Euroleague MVP Award and is loaded with talent. A 6'10 forward with guard skills, Bjelica could immediately compete for minutes in Minnesota thanks to his crafty ball-handling skills, playmaking ability and shooting stroke from long range. He averaged 11.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in Turkey last season while shooting 54 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. We will let you know if the deal becomes official, but it sounds like Bjelica will be in Minnesota this season.
Source: Real GM
Jun 27 - 11:56 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns said he'll play at summer league.

This should be fun. During his workouts, coach Flip Saunders said Towns made "about 70 percent" of his 3-pointers. Saunders also said he expects the Wolves to play faster, so there's a lot to like about Towns' fantasy value for next season. He could be a top-10 pick in the next couple seasons.
Jun 26 - 6:53 PM

The Timberwolves are reportedly nearing an agreement to bring over Nemanja Bjelica for the 2015-16 season.

Bjelica is fresh off winning the Euroleague MVP, and it looks like he's ready to make the jump to the NBA. Bjelica is a 6'10" guard with solid ball handling abilities and passing skills. He'd be competing for minutes with the likes of Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin in Minnesota, but with both Rubio and Martin a constant injury risk, it's possible Bjelica could eventually find a solid role in the rotation. He'll be an interesting player to monitor leading up to the regular-season if he does indeed come stateside.
Jun 26 - 2:35 PM

The Wolves acquired Duke PG Tyus Jones on Thursday by trading for the Cavaliers' No. 24 pick.

The Cavs will be playing for a championship in 2015-16 so they were unlikely to give Jones many minutes to develop in-season, and he stands a far better chance to get meaningful playing time in Minny. Jones shot well out to 3-point range last season and was particularly effective on his pull-up jumpers, while averaging 6.6 assists per game, and he's worth keeping an eye on throughout the preseason. In exchange for Jones, the Wolves gave Cleveland picks Nos. 31 and 36.
Jun 25 - 10:23 PM

The Wolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

He’s been expected to go first overall for weeks as one of the best prospects since Anthony Davis. The Wolves did their due diligence on Towns, researching his background in his home state of New Jersey to get a better idea of Towns as a person. As a player, he’s a phenomenal prospect. Last season, he averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 boards, 0.5 steals and 2.2 blocks on 56.6 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the line in 21.1 minutes per game. Towns can put the ball on the floor, block a ton of shots and potentially get some attempts from three, which gives him a through-the-roof ceiling in fantasy hoops. He could potentially be a top-10 asset in as little as 2-3 years.
Jun 25 - 7:37 PM

The Timberwolves have settled in on taking Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft, according to Brian Windhorst.

This has largely been speculated for the better part of a month now, so it would be shocking if they went in a different direction tonight. For what it's worth, the Timberwolves were the only team that Towns worked out for, and he should have plenty of opportunity in Minnesota, especially considering how often Nikola Pekovic is injured.
Source: Real GM
Jun 25 - 2:47 PM

The Houston Rockets are interested in acquiring Ricky Rubio, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP Minneapolis.

While the Rockets may be interested, that doesn't mean they have the pieces to make a trade imminent. Rubio would likely thrive alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston, but we'll have to see if Houston is able to come up with a deal that is to the Timberwolves liking.
Jun 25 - 1:48 PM

Flip Saunders wouldn't reveal who the Wolves will select with the No. 1 pick in the draft on Thursday.

"We are going to take the best player with the best chance to be an All-Star and superstar in this league," Saunders said. When pressed about Karl-Anthony Towns, Saunders did call him the top player in the draft in terms of analytics, so it still sounds like Towns is the favorite to land in Minnesota.
Jun 24 - 1:47 PM

The Wolves have reportedly made Chase Budinger available in trade talks.

The Wolves are also said to be shopping Anthony Bennett, so this report isn't surprising. Budinger recently exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season for $5 million, but he likely won't draw a lot of interest from other teams. Budinger is a solid 3-point shooter and stepped up in a big way towards the end of the 2014-15 season, but his career has been slowed down by a couple of knee surgeries. Regardless of where he plays next season, Budinger likely won't be on the fantasy radar.
Jun 24 - 9:40 AM

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