Player News - Timberwolves

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The Wolves will receive a trade exception worth $4 million along with Thaddeus Young, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the Kevin Love three-team deal expected to be completed on Saturday.

While Love is quite a player, that's a really nice haul for the Wolves. Young will join the Wolves in a very similar role in an up-tempo system with a point guard who is a sub-par scorer. His fantasy value doesn't take a major hit and he's still a solid target in the middle rounds. On the other hand, Bennett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng aren't quite as alluring with Thad around.
Aug 22 - 9:29 AM

Anthony Bennett is expected to stay with the Wolves and not be traded to the Sixers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The deal could go down as soon as Saturday, and Bennett will have a terrific chance for regular minutes with his new team. He looked good at Las Vegas Summer League and was capable of playing 30 minutes, so he's worked himself onto the radar in fantasy leagues. Although, Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves severely hurts his upside.
Aug 22 - 12:41 AM

Thad Young is still expected to be traded to Minnesota despite reports that Anthony Bennett will not be traded to the 76ers.

The Philadelphia Daily news reported in early August that Young would be moved to Minnesota for a package that would include Bennett. News of Bennett staying in Minnesota was thought to derail Young being traded as well. However, Darren Wolfson of ESPN reports that the Sixers will not move Young or Shabazz Muhammad, and instead 76ers GM Sam Hinkie will have to take a package including Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a draft pick if he wants to move Thad.

Anthony Bennett may not be traded to the 76ers in a trade for Thaddeus Young, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Zgoda added in a following tweet that he had no idea where the information came from. The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the news of a Bennett-Young deal back on Aug. 8, so we'll probably get more info on this in a few days when Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded. For what it's worth, teams are not going to flat-out say they're trading players.
Aug 20 - 9:37 PM

Dante Cunningham's agent, Joel Bell, said his client is planning a civil suit against his accuser for making a false claim against him.

The felony domestic assault charges have already been dropped and he had to spend time in jail because of it. Cunningham may have also missed out on a contract due to the off-the-court issues, so he could be filing a major suit.
Aug 19 - 10:49 PM

Anthony Bennett isn't worrying about which team he plays for in 2014-15.

With a trade that will send him to Philadelphia all but complete, Bennett is concentrating on the things he can control rather than the things he can't. "I’m just a young man just ready to work," Bennett said. "Wherever I end up, doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to play the game of basketball." After a rookie season during which he averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, a change of scenery should help turn the 2013 No. 1 overall pick into a viable asset in most fantasy leagues leagues.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 19 - 12:05 PM

All charges against Dante Cunningham regarding felony domestic assault and terroristic threats have been dismissed.

Cunningham can now put this troublesome chapter of his career behind him, and focus on trying to sign a contract for the upcoming season. Cunningham, currently an unrestricted free agent, averaged 6.3 points, and 4.1 rebounds through 20.2 minutes of action for the Timberwolves last season. We'll reserve predicting his fantasy value for the upcoming NBA season when we know where he will be signing, but he’d have to land on a bad team to be relevant.
Aug 18 - 6:11 PM

Anthony Bennett admitted that he struggled through his rookie campaign, but is looking to start anew this upcoming season.

"I can fight through adversity," Bennett said. "It wasn’t the best of seasons for me. I will admit that. Fighting the injuries and just the way things were, just never really made me give up. I always just stayed in the gym." Bennett was atrocious during his first year, averaging a meager 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, on 35.6 percent shooting from the field. However, if he is indeed traded to the 76ers, he will get all the opportunity he can handle in an up-tempo offense devoid of a go-to scorer. Bennett figures to be a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Source: Ohio.com
Aug 18 - 5:10 PM

With a trade to Minnesota seemingly imminent, Andrew Wiggins said that he is confident that he can play anywhere.

Days after his former coach Bill Self said that Wiggins would rather play in Minnesota than in Cleveland, the No.1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA played coy. "Whatever happens is out of my control," Wiggins said. "I'm not worrying about it right now. Anywhere, any team," he said. "I can play anywhere." Barring any unexpected developments, Wiggins will be traded to Minnesota after August 23 and should return mid-round fantasy value on a Wolves team that is devoid of scoring options.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 2:01 PM

Kansas coach Bill Self said Andrew Wiggins wants to be traded to the Wolves because it will be better for his long-term future.

"When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, 'I hope I get traded,'" Self said. "And I'm like, 'No you don't.' And he said, "Coach, I do. It's better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I'm forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they're going to be patient with me and I'm going to be a piece." All signs point to Wiggins getting his wish and he'll go to a team with some scoring deficiencies. He's a middle-round fantasy target.
Aug 11 - 9:08 AM

Fanatics, the nation's largest online licensed sports retailer, never made Andrew Wiggins No. 21 Cavs jerseys that fans ordered from the site.

Meier Raivich, a spokesman for Fanatics, said that the site had up until a month after Wiggins signed to deliver the jerseys, but as rumors swirled around Wiggins the company elected to not print the replicas. The standard return policy for Fanatics is that the jersey must be in pristine condition with tags intact. However, fans that ordered, and received Wiggins jerseys before all the hoopla started, will be able to return their worn jerseys, sans tags, for a full refund.
Source: ESPN
Aug 10 - 10:55 AM

Anthony Bennett will be traded to the Sixers in a three-team deal, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The Sixers are going to save some money and they'll get a chance to see what Bennett can do. He'll have an excellent chance to start next to Nerlens Noel and will only have to compete guys like Brandon Davies, Jerami Grant and Jarvis Varnado at the power forward spot. Bennett showed some potential at Las Vegas Summer League and he does offer a fantasy-friendly game if he can turn it around, so he's worth a flier late in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Aug 8 - 9:21 AM

The Sixers will be sending Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Anthony Bennett, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

It will be a three-team trade in the Kevin Love deal and it wouldn't become official until Aug. 23. The Wolves currently do not have a true power forward on their roster and are hurting for an offensive option up front, so Young would be in a similar situation with the Wolves. Although, the Wolves will likely run a slower pace, so Thad's fantasy value isn't quite as high. Young is still a target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Aug 8 - 9:13 AM

Anthony Bennett is expected to be traded to the Wolves in a Kevin Love deal.

He will go to a team currently without a real power forward on its roster. Bennett looked great at summer league, playing 29.8 minutes per game while going after plenty of boards, and he was able to put up big stats at UNLV. He'll need to do a lot more to show he's able to do be a consistent contributor, but the opportunity is there for him so salvage his career at the very least.
Aug 7 - 7:06 PM

Andrew Wiggins was unaware of the agreed upon trade sending him to Minnesota until Thursday morning, according to Tim McCormick of ESPN.

If true, it is a bit shocking and disappointing that the Cavaliers would agree on a trade involving Wiggins and not notify him until after it's been leaked to the media. Many have already suggested that the move to Minnesota may be good for Wiggins, and perhaps this is further evidence that it will be.
Aug 7 - 4:43 PM


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