Player News - Timberwolves

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The Timberwolves have reportedly restructured Lorenzo Brown's contract.

The details are a little murky at the moment, but Brown will be at training camp and his contract is still only partially guaranteed. The Wolves have several options at point guard, so Brown's chances of sticking around in Minnesota aren't too encouraging.
Jul 31 - 11:59 AM

Robbie Hummel signed a one-year deal with Olimpia Milano on Thursday.

His deal doesn't include an NBA opt-out clause, so we won't be seeing him in the states next season. Hummel could find his way back into the NBA after next season, but it's safe to ignore him in all fantasy leagues for now.
Jul 31 - 10:02 AM

Ricky Rubio said that he is trying to strengthen all of the muscles around his troublesome left ankle.

"I’ve been doing a lot of rehab, and I keep going forward," Rubio said. "For the first three months [after surgery], I was doing low-impact work in the gym, working out my upper body, working on my core strength. I go to the gym and the weight room, spend like an hour and a half over there, just working on my core, trying to stay healthy. Then, another hour to get my ankle strength back and [work on] all the muscles [around it].​" Rubio was limited to just 22 games last season, but all signs point to him being ready in time for training camp.
Jul 30 - 2:58 PM

Flip Saunders said there is no denying Anthony Bennett's talent, and that it's simply about him getting healthy and getting in shape.

"We’re going to evaluate him over the summer," Saunders said. "He played a good Pan American Games. There is no question about his talent. It’s about getting in shape. He’s in shape now. But it’s going to be competitive with all those guys, and also [Nemanja] Bjelica, who no one talks about." Saunders also added that Bennett's confidence levels have taken a hit because of his inability to stay healthy. Minnesota's rotation is pretty crowded right now, so it's hard to imagine Bennett carving out a large enough role to matter in standard leagues.
Source: Grantland
Jul 30 - 2:50 PM

Flip Saunders said that he believes Ricky Rubio can become an "adequate shooter".

"Ricky is gonna be OK. I think he’ll be an adequate shooter," Saunders said. "He has such an impact doing other things, he doesn’t need to be a great shooter. He just needs to knock down 18-footers, and maybe some corner 3s. Because if you lay off of him, he’ll take that slack and come at you — and create for someone else." Rubio shot just 35.6 percent from the filed last season and 25.5 percent from deep, so he clearly needs to continue working on his jumper. However, the most concerning thing about Rubio is his health, as he was only able to suit up for 22 games last season.
Source: Grantland
Jul 30 - 2:44 PM

Flip Saunders said that Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad could see some time at PF in small-ball lineups next season.

"Oh, no, he can still play it," Saunders said in regards to Muhammad playing some PF. "We can play Wiggins there. We have a lot of depth and talent, but also a lot of flexibility. Two years ago, we didn’t have that. We were locked into playing just one way." This speaks to the versatility of both players, but there may not be enough minutes to go around for Muhammad to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. As for Wiggins, the Wolves will likely give him all the run he can handle and he should be able to build off last season in which he averaged 20.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks on 44.6 percent shooting from the field after the break. Wiggins has also been working on his ball-handling skills, so it's possible that we will see him run the pick-and-roll a lot more this season.
Source: Grantland
Jul 30 - 2:34 PM

Flip Saunders hinted that Karl-Anthony Towns could start at center next season since Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) is still hurt.

When asked if Towns would be the starting center Saunders said, "Well [Pekovic] is still hurt. And we have another guy who isn't bad in Gorgui Dieng." Saunders also added that Towns' versatility will allow him to play multiple positions. "It doesn’t matter. He’s a player. Good teams have guys that can play multiple positions. It makes them harder to guard. Besides, it’s not what position you play. It’s what position you can guard. Some nights, Towns will guard power forwards and [Kevin Garnett] will guard centers. Some nights, it will be the other way around." Saunders is still holding his cards close to his chest, but Towns should see plenty of run regardless of what the first unit looks like.
Jul 30 - 2:26 PM

Flip Saunders confirmed that Kevin Garnett will be the starting PF next season.

"He’s gonna start. That’s who he is. KG is a starter," Saunders said. "He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it." Garnett is only going to see around 20 minutes per game and should also have plenty of maintenance days, so KG still won't be an asset in standard leagues.
Source: Grantland
Jul 30 - 2:19 PM

Gorgui Dieng has been working on his post moves with legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon.

"He just tries to add more tools to what I have," Dieng said of Olajuwon. One area of focus for Dieng is to create more space betweeen him and the defender, and his time spent with Olajuwon is only going to benefit him next season. On a side note, Dieng said he expects to play some point forward for Team Africa against Team World on Saturday, so that should be interesting to say the least. Minnesota's frontcourt is a little crowded right now especially after the arrival of Karl-Anthony Towns, so Dieng's minutes could take a hit next season.
Jul 30 - 2:12 PM

Robbie Hummel will reportedly join Olimpia Milano of Italy.

Olimpia Milano has reportedly reached an agreement with a power forward that will round out their roster and sources say that Hummel is that power forward. The 26-year-old played 45 games with the Timberwolves last season but will now take his talents overseas after Minnesota rescinded his qualifying offer. While Hummel may find himself back in the NBA at some point in the future, he can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Source: Sportando
Jul 30 - 12:23 PM

Brady Heslip has signed with Acqua Vitasnella Cantù of Italy.

Heslip split time with the Reno Big Horns of the D-League and Igokea of Bosnia last season and will now join the Seria A league in Italy. While the 25-year-old could find his way back to the NBA at some point, he can be ignored in fantasy leagues for now.
Source: Sportando
Jul 30 - 12:05 PM

The Wolves agreed to a deal with Andre Miller.

Prof. Dre heads north to add some depth and coach up the Wolves' point guards. Rookie Tyus Jones probably wasn't quite ready for playing time and now Miller will likely be looking at minutes in the low teens. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 29 - 7:00 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns said he is hoping to learn how he can become an NBA champion from Kevin Garnett.

"The biggest thing that I want to really take away from Kevin Garnett, is learn how to be a champion," Towns said. "He has a ring. I want to get a ring also, in my career. Possibly multiple. I want to do that and I want to actually bring that to Minnesota first." Towns has the highest upside of any of this year's rookies, and he showed why he was the No. 1 pick with a solid outing at summer league. He will probably be overdrafted in fantasy leagues this season due to all the hype, but he has all the tools to become a superstar.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 5:41 PM

Justin Hamilton has signed a one-year deal with Valencia Basket.

Hamilton was reported to be drawing interest from a handful of teams, but nothing was ever close and it was clear his agent was leaking bad information. Hamilton could draw another look stateside if he explodes overseas, but we're a long way from that happening.
Jul 27 - 9:01 AM

Anthony Bennett played well against Brazil on Saturday with 18 points and nine boards.

He had a nice run at the Pan-Am games, averaging 15.6 points and 9.4 boards. Bennett looked good in Las Vegas last summer, so another offseason run doesn't really indicate he's ready for a breakout.
Jul 25 - 8:18 PM


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