Player News - Timberwolves

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The Wolves reportedly offered Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick (Kris Dunn) for Jimmy Butler on Thursday night.

The Bulls are very high on Kris Dunn, but they reportedly wanted Zach LaVine instead of Rubio. It's no secret that the Wolves are at least exploring the idea of trading Rubio, and their decision to take Dunn at No. 5 only increases the chances of a move. Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he can picture Dunn playing alongside Rubio, but the trade rumors aren't going to quiet down anytime soon.
Jun 24 - 11:19 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Kris Dunn to play next to Ricky Rubio.

Thibs loves to play his guys big minutes, so he might go with an air-tight guard rotation. There are some rumors of Rubio headed out of town, so that will be something to watch. Thibodeau traditionally likes attacking guards, but maybe Rubio's defense can win him over.
Jun 23 - 10:14 PM

The Wolves selected Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft.

He’s 22 years old, so Dunn might be the most NBA-ready prospect. The Providence product is already beyond his years on the defensive end with 2.5 steals per game and an aggressive style, so he should be a great fit under coach Tom Thibodeau. He added averages of 16.4 points, 5.3 boards, 6.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.3 treys. Dunn’s 3-point shooting improved last year at 37.2 percent while he was assisted on just 52.4 percent of those, so he is capable of getting his shot on his own. There are rumors that the Wolves are shopping Ricky Rubio, so Dunn could have a significant role right away. To be clear, the Bulls and 76ers are still reportedly trying to trade for Dunn.
Jun 23 - 8:07 PM

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are shopping Ricky Rubio.

This really comes as no surprise since Rubio doesn't fit what Tom Thibodeau wants to do. With the Wolves selecting Kris Dunn at No. 5 overall in Thursday's draft, Rubio's time in Minnesota is likely coming to a close sooner rather than later. His fantasy value would be dependent upon where he'd land, but Rubio's game is the same regardless of his destination. If he remains in Minnesota, it's unclear how playing time will shake out with Dunn and Zach LaVine in the mix. And then there's that Andrew Wiggins fella, as well.

The Celtics are seriously considering selecting Kris Dunn with the third overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Woj reports that Dunn "has significant traction as the third pick", but adds that the decision isn't final and that trades are still on the table. This could be Celtics president Danny Ainge's way of trying to drive up value for the third pick, but we'll likely have to wait until Thursday night before we get any clarity on the situation.
Jun 23 - 12:27 PM

The 76ers are reportedly pushing hard for a trade with the Celtics that would allow them to land Kris Dunn with the No. 3 overall pick.

It's unclear if the trade centers around Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but the Sixers have reportedly told Dunn's camp they are trying to make the trade happen before Thursday's draft. The Celtics would seemingly have the upper hand in negotiations with the draft just two days away, but a trade that lands Dunn in Philadelphia and one of the Sixers big men in Boston makes a lot of sense for both teams.
Source: CelticsBlog
Jun 21 - 9:43 AM

Kris Dunn said he'd have no qualms with the Celtics drafting him No. 3 overall.

"I mean, it would be unbelievable to be selected by the Celtics," Dunn said. "My dream is just to get drafted, and that I have a chance to be a top-five player, it’s a blessing." An earlier report stated that Dunn's camp was trying to steer away NBA clubs with an already established point guard from selecting him on draft day, but Dunn obviously isn't going to admit that. He's projected to be a top-6 selection in the upcoming draft, but the Celtics seem like an unlikely destination given the current construct of their roster.
Jun 16 - 5:52 PM

The Chicago Bulls reportedly want Andrew Wiggins included in any deal for Jimmy Butler.

The Timberwolves have reportedly made the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft available to the Bulls as part of a play for Butler, but Chicago wants Wiggins included if they're going to give up Butler. It's unclear if Wiggins and the fifth pick would be an acceptable return for the Bulls, but we'll likely see other teams get involved in the bidding before (if) Butler is dealt.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 14 - 1:48 PM

If they are able to trade up in the draft, the Bulls are "highly intrigued" by Kris Dunn, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Chad Ford.

The Bulls don't pick until 14 in the draft, so there's almost no chance Dunn will slide that far. There are some rumors of the Bulls looking to deal Jimmy Butler to move up, but a trade partner would need to knock their socks off. Dunn should go in the top half of the lottery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 9:11 PM

Gorgui Dieng is not expected to play for Senegal in the Olympic Qualifiers.

Minnesota's offseason moves will impact Dieng's fantasy standing more than his offseason activities, but the extra rest certainly won't hurt the big man as he recovers in advance of next season beginning.
Source: Rappler.com
Jun 13 - 12:47 PM

Nemanja Bjelica will not play for Serbia at the Olympics.

He's reportedly dealing with a leg issue, so he will spend several weeks in the USA rehabbing his injury. Bjelica wasn't a consistent part of the rotation for Minnesota during his rookie season, so minutes might not be easier to find next season if the Wolves add a big through the draft or free agency.
Jun 11 - 9:12 AM

Andrew Wiggins will not play for team Canada in Olympic qualifying tournament.

He said he wants to focus on next season. Team Canada is awfully shorthanded with Nik Stauskas and Kelly Olynyk already ruled out. As for Wiggins, he has a big offseason on his hands with a new system and hopes of him improving his perimeter game. After the break, he did make 41.3 percent of his 63 attempts from deep, so that's a start.
Jun 10 - 3:10 PM

In an interview with Catalunya Radio from Spain, Ricky Rubio said that he has to start thinking about being a part of a team that can reach the postseason.

"Next season will be crucial for me," he said. "I've been in the NBA for five years, and six years without playoffs would be a long time. At 26, I'd have to start thinking about teams that can get to the playoffs and win in the Finals." Rubio is signed through the 2018-19 season, but it's possible he becomes trade bait if the Wolves determine he's not a part of the long-term solution alongside Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Source: ESPN
Jun 6 - 9:43 AM

Kris Dunn reportedly does not want to land on a team that already has a young and established point guard.

Dunn is currently projected to be a top-6 selection on draft day, but he's reportedly trying to steer away teams like Phoenix and Boston from drafting him, and he may go as far as denying the aforementioned clubs access to his medical records in addition to refusing to participate in personal workouts. Dunn had some issues with a torn labrum in college that required two surgeries, but he made it through his final two years without issue.
Source: NOLA
May 24 - 6:37 PM

The Lakers are reportedly "enamored" with Providence point guard Kris Dunn.

If the Lakers can secure a top-3 selection at the NBA draft, they are reportedly strongly considering going with Dunn after the No. 2 pick, and they have flirted with the idea of running a three-guard rotation with D'Angelo Russell being used at the two-spot and Jordan Clarkson sliding over to the three. There's a long ways to go until teams actually make their selections, and the Lakers aren't guaranteed a lottery selection, but a three-guard lineup typically isn't great news in fantasy hoops.
May 17 - 6:02 PM


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